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Shirley Sherrod considering job offer in USDA outreach office

By Lisa Rein
Lisa Rein

By The Post's Lisa Rein

The former Department of Agriculture official who was forced to resign last week after an out-of-context video of remarks she made were published on a conservative website tells CBS News she is still considering a job offer as deputy director of the agency's Office of Advocacy and Outreach.

Sherrod said she sat down to read through the offer for the first time this morning, but has not read it in its entirety yet. She still has many questions about the offer before coming to any decision, she said, such as who is the director of the department and whether and how much money is appropriated for the work that should be accomplished in the position.
"I need to have a conversation with someone," Sherrod said, though she was not sure whether she would speak with Vilsack directly.

By Lisa Rein  | July 27, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
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Sherrod needs to do what she needs to do but she needs to stop talking and stay out of the media. She came through this initial media blitz with the poise and grace she was blessed with; lets not let it get to her head.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | July 27, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Actually, sassafrasnewport, Shirley Sherrod was ALREADY extremely poised and graceful BEFORE this incident took place. This woman WAS someone (she just didn't matriculate out of thin air). I know Americans only remember what happened yesterday, but Sherrod has a long history of accomplishments. So I'm not sure what you're getting at (especially since you read this in a tiny blog section of WaPo, and not as some huge front-page headline. I don't see anything wrong with someone who just got treated horribly by their employer wanting to make sure things have been fixed before they accept another job with said employer. First, she wants to know who her boss will be (doesn't sound too pushy to me). Then, she wants to know if she'll be given the tools to actually do the job effectively, or if it's just a superficial position to get the Obama administration off the hook for it's horrible missteps in this fiasco. I think everything Sherrod said is perfectly understandable for someone who went through what they did. So I'd say to you, maybe you should show more poise, class and UNDERSTANDING and put yourself in that person's shoes and you'll probably come to the same conclusions they did.

Posted by: sachancp | July 27, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see the roach that crawled up her wall during her interview at her house? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! How embarassing!

Posted by: forgetthis | July 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod has been fighting for poor farmers for decades. Thousands of Black farmers are still waiting on the $1 Billion settlement money from discrimination by federal agencies. Here is where the money can easily come from:


I want my babyback..babyback..babyback, I want my babyback..babyback..babyback….Billions

Pull the $1 Billion for restitution from the annual $15 Billion Feedstock and Cotton Subsidies to Rich Farming Companies. That’s $150 Billion over 10 years to Rich farming conglomerates.

Total USDA Subsidies in Iowa, 1995-2009: USDA Subsidies to farms in Iowa totaled $20,941,000,000.00®ionname=Iowa

Total USDA Subsidies in Tennessee, 1995-2009: USDA Subsidies to farms in Tennessee totaled $3,112,000,000.00®ionname=Tennessee

Total USDA Subsidies in Alabama, 1995-2009: USDA Subsidies to farms in Alabama totaled $2,751,000,000.00®ionname=Alabama

Posted by: Airborne82 | July 27, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Can you say?




Posted by: theaz | July 27, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Propaganda 101: First they came for Acorn, then Sotomayor, Van Jones, "New Black Panthers", Sherrod - and I said nothing...

Over and over again, Media Inc. allows the proven-false Fox News, to wag the dog. Which makes it complicit in misinforming it's public.

Stop it.

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | July 27, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Why does Shirley even need a job?

Sherrod and husband won a Pigford lawsuit that got their black farmer co-op that has been non-existent for 20 years $13 million dollars. Where did that go? Plus she and husband got $300,000 outright from Pigford when the usual settlement is $50,000.

Posted by: pmendez | July 27, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse


Sherrod was fired HOURS before Drudge or Fox News even mentioned her story.

Now, if Breitbart's little blog is your idea of "Media Inc." then Huffington Post must rule the world. So why are you complaining?

Posted by: pmendez | July 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

sherrod charade continues... sherrod is the first black racist to officially be elevated to the status of "Saint" by the JournoList Vast Left-Wing Media Conspiracy. The Messiah has his first Saint! Why it's just like the relationship between Jeremiah "GDA" Wright (The Vile, Racist Mentor) and hussein (The 20+ Year Disciple).

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | July 27, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod's 15 minutes are well expired at this point. She a spotlight hog ummm hmmmm (head snake).

Posted by: pamschuh9 | July 27, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Sherrod shouldn't even consider moving from Georgia to D.C. unless money is no object and she really wants to experience living in this madness. She should parley this fiasco into a lawsuit.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | July 27, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

My prediction if she takes the job: Vilsack and Obama will rue the day.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | July 27, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see the roach, forgetthis that crawled up the blog LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! How embarassing!

Posted by: forgetthis | July 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse
you are an embar-ass-ment

Posted by: right_as_rain | July 27, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Pmendez, I would like to know your source for that liable statement? The pigford settlement didnt garner them the amount you suggest nor does the woman possess that sort of money. Her income is public record, I would be embarrassed to lie in a blog. Please next time you make a statement check your facts before making well its the symbol of the democratic party out of yourself.

Posted by: Latinlion2009 | July 27, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

well the media did report that Ms. Sherrod received $300,000 of a 13 million dollar settlement with the government; that said, anyone with a 5th grade education knows that in reality thats not an amount that one can live on forever...and what does it matter. She should be able to work regardless of her financial status...i don't hear anyone telling Trump to go somewhere and retire on his billions!

Posted by: 1WHOKNOWS | July 27, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I think that Obama should personally apologize to her and to his supporters who voted for him for change. He seems to be a little naive when it comes to "fair play", and if he is going to accomplish anything, he needs to learn that opportunist don't play by the rules. He will need our support to get anything accomplished, and he will have to fight for it. We need to know that we / progressive people have his support, and that he will stand up for what is right. We all make mistakes, but how are we to be assured it won't happen again?

Posted by: amma1 | July 28, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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