Vilsack Apologizes To Sherrod, Offers Her New Job

Well, this was inevitable:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has apologized to Shirley Sherrod, who resigned from her Agriculture Department job under pressure this week over a video showing her making comments about a white farmer.

“I started off my extending to her my personal and profound apologies for pain and discomfort that has been caused to her and her family over the course of the last several days,” Vilsack told reporters late Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

“She was extraordinarily gracious,” Vilscak added. “I wanted to make sure that she understood that I regretted the circumstances, and that I accepted full responsibility for them,” Vilsack told reporters late Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

Vilsack said he told Sherrod by phone that the USDA would have another position for her should she want it. Sherrod answered that she needed some time to think about it, Vilsack said.

Yea I bet she would, once you get thrown under the bus it takes a while to decide if you want to get back on.

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  1. PD Shaw says:

    “…I regretted the circumstances…”


  2. Marc says:

    He accepts “full responsibilty,” does that mean he authorized an under-sec to call her 3 times while she was driving home?

    Or is that a deflection from reality?

    Some enterprising cub reporter (any left in the world?) should track down said under-sec.

  3. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Oddly enough, though I believe she should get her choice of taking her job back or suing the hell out of those who called for her to resign. I think, based upon her video statements someone needs to inform her government is supposed to serve rich and poor alike. There is no constitutional authorization to treat citizens differently according to their finances.

  4. Zels,

    Except there are specific USDA programs directed at helping poor farmers, which is part of what her job responsibilities were.

    You know, sort of like how there are specific programs to help people who are unemployed

  5. Neil Hudelson says:


    Zels is a true conservative. He doesn’t believe in the government using other people’s money to help out those who are down on their luck. And you can bet he would never be caught accepting a government handout.

    Right, Zels?

  6. john personna says:

    LOL Zelsdorf, isn’t “helping” rich farmers already a problem?