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Shirley Sherrod Becomes Obama Political Problem
NPR ^ | July 21, 2010 | Frank James

Posted on 07/21/2010 10:12:45 AM PDT by maggief

As soon as much of the available evidence suggested that Shirley Sherrod had become the victim of a rush to judgment by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, it became clear President Barack Obama had a mushrooming political problem on his hands.

Sherrod went from being the villain of the piece to a figure drawing great empathy from millions, not the least of which was conservative talk show host Glen Beck.

And among those who were most closely watching the president’s handling of affair were important members of the president’s base, people he could ill afford to alienate: African Americans and liberals.

While Obama remains popular, his poll numbers are significantly lower than they were earlier in the year. His support among independents who helped propel him to the presidency has steadily eroded.

That was worrisome enough for Democrats during a mid-term election year.

But then the Sherrod affair threatened to hurt the president with some of the most members of the Democratic base.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: commie; communityorganizer; democrats; obama; racecard; racehustler; sherrod; shirleysherrod
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1 posted on 07/21/2010 10:12:48 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

This was supposed to be a lefty sandbag job. Not working too well for them, is it?


2 posted on 07/21/2010 10:14:33 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: maggief

They’ll be pissed for a few days; but they’ll soon be back on the plantation.


3 posted on 07/21/2010 10:14:40 AM PDT by no dems (Palin/Jindal in 2012 or Jindal/Christie in 2012. Either is fine with me.)
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To: maggief

Obama hates black people.


4 posted on 07/21/2010 10:14:49 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: maggief

bookmark for entertainment


5 posted on 07/21/2010 10:15:17 AM PDT by hoe_cake ( Society of the Descendents of the Signers of the Constitution)
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To: Noumenon

“While Obama remains popular,...”

They just can’t let it go.


6 posted on 07/21/2010 10:15:32 AM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: All

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=8148986&page=1

FLASHBACK:

“I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that [Gates case]. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”


7 posted on 07/21/2010 10:15:41 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief


Mr. Visack, the president's bus will be coming for you shortly...
8 posted on 07/21/2010 10:17:16 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Magic Fingers

“While Obama remains popular, his poll numbers are significantly lower than they were earlier in the year.”

LMAO at that inane statement.


9 posted on 07/21/2010 10:17:24 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

“While Obama remains popular”

Would some objective observer please define “popular”? I always thought that the minimum measure of political popularity were polls showing 51% of the people think you are doing a good job. Is this asshat referencing the popularity Mr. Skittles enjoys at all his parties? If he is so popular, why don’t Dems want him to campaign for them? Popular? Popular? The rediculous assumptions dumped onto the reader by the “Journolistos” is rather sickening.


10 posted on 07/21/2010 10:17:29 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: maggief
But then the Sherrod affair threatened to hurt the president with some of the most members of the Democratic base.

Hmm. NPR isn't getting enough taxpayer money to edit their programs now?

11 posted on 07/21/2010 10:17:37 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (The NAACP is a bunch of cracker-hating bigots and I condemn the NAACP for being a racist element.)
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To: maggief

Good one. I thought of that too.


12 posted on 07/21/2010 10:18:19 AM PDT by Lou Budvis (Refudiate 0bama '12)
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To: maggief

The real story is that this White House has let itself be manipulated by Andrew Breitbart! And it will use this manipulation as an excuse for its actions!

I am sure our real enemies are taking notes.


13 posted on 07/21/2010 10:22:14 AM PDT by MustKnowHistory
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To: jimbo123
Mr. Visack, the president's bus will be coming for you shortly...

Mr. Vilsack, the bus tolls for thee.
14 posted on 07/21/2010 10:23:07 AM PDT by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
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To: Noumenon

I think it worked too well for them!


15 posted on 07/21/2010 10:23:20 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: MustKnowHistory

So, she never did anything racist then? I don’t get it.


16 posted on 07/21/2010 10:23:38 AM PDT by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: jimbo123
'Embearassement.'


17 posted on 07/21/2010 10:24:10 AM PDT by maggief
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To: jimbo123
"Obama hates black people."

Clever recycling there!

18 posted on 07/21/2010 10:24:45 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: maggief; Magic Fingers
“While Obama remains popular, his poll numbers are significantly lower than they were earlier in the year.”

Goerge Orwell was right - he was just a generation or two off...

19 posted on 07/21/2010 10:24:51 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: maggief
She was the victim of an Obama lynching.
20 posted on 07/21/2010 10:29:57 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (My carbon footprint is bigger than your carbon footprint.)
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To: Windy City Conservative

I think the real story now has moved beyond Shirley Sherrod to the reactions of the press and the Administration (White House and Secretary Vilsack) and the NAACP.

Andrew Breitbart posts a video on his site, and look how everyone is acting and reacting.

I have never seen anything like this.....


21 posted on 07/21/2010 10:31:03 AM PDT by MustKnowHistory
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To: maggief; andrew

The big story was the way the NAACP cheered when they heard how a white farmer might get the shaft. That’s the big story all along as I understand it:

The NAACP: Becoming Mel Gibson, Applauding Shirley Sherrod
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2555693/posts

Rush is pointing that out exactly while I’m typing.

I admit I took the report at face value, but it wasn’t up to me to decide whether to give her the boot. Hah! I hereby formally apologize to Shirley Sherrod for the brief misunderstanding, partly due to the fact that I can’t load youtubes personally from home.

Now, I don’t know what excuse the White House has. Did it interfere with a party, banquet, sporting event, or fundraiser? I do want to know.


22 posted on 07/21/2010 10:32:17 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Want stimulus? Look to Harding, Kennedy, and Reagan. Tax cuts work every time.)
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To: maggief
And among those who were most closely watching the president’s handling of affair were important members of the president’s base, people he could ill afford to alienate: African Americans and liberals.

Yeah, like that group is going to start voting Republican in droves.

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What? Me worry?

23 posted on 07/21/2010 10:33:02 AM PDT by newheart (History is an outbreak of madness--Ellul)
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To: MustKnowHistory

Obama will blame Vilsack and Vilsack will throw himself under the Kenyan’s bus before the evening news starts in a few hours. Whitey must be sacrificed, even if it’s a liberal democrat.


24 posted on 07/21/2010 10:34:47 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: ConservativeMind

***But then the Sherrod affair threatened to hurt the president with some of the most members of the Democratic base.***

>>>Hmm. NPR isn’t getting enough taxpayer money to edit their programs now? >>>

I agree with you totally. But, at least it’s not as bad as writers who say, “one of the only people who, etc.” What does “only” mean? One, ten, a thousand, ten thousand people?


25 posted on 07/21/2010 10:38:02 AM PDT by kitkat (OBAMA hates us. Well, maybe a LOT of Kenyans do.)
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To: maggief

Obama doesn’t like black people.


26 posted on 07/21/2010 10:38:49 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: jimbo123

Ole Tom’s days are numbered.


27 posted on 07/21/2010 10:41:07 AM PDT by Palladin (Obama to BP: "Did you plug the hole, Daddy?")
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To: Palladin

28 posted on 07/21/2010 10:44:50 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: maggief

Shirley Sherrod is a racist. Only a racist would even come close to thinking in the terms that she does. No racist should ever be in government employment.


29 posted on 07/21/2010 10:45:12 AM PDT by CodeToad ("Idiocracy" is not just a movie.)
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To: jimbo123

The Hussein Express!!!


30 posted on 07/21/2010 10:46:06 AM PDT by Palladin (Obama to BP: "Did you plug the hole, Daddy?")
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To: jimbo123

It is amazing to watch this.


31 posted on 07/21/2010 10:46:37 AM PDT by MustKnowHistory
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To: MustKnowHistory

God bless Andrew Breitbart!


32 posted on 07/21/2010 10:47:46 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: CodeToad

I listened to her whole 43 minute speech. It was wall-to-wall racism.

It was also agony to listen to—the woman is totally incomprehensible, has numerous speech impediments, cannot follow a simple line of reasoning, rambles all over the place, and laughs at her own jokes.

And she is resigning from a $125,000 a year government job! With benefits!!!

Any one of the millions of unemployed out there could do a better job.


33 posted on 07/21/2010 10:49:35 AM PDT by Palladin (Obama to BP: "Did you plug the hole, Daddy?")
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To: Palladin

I fully expect slavery reparations and a wrongful termination multi-million dollar cash settlement are due to Ms. Sherrod due Vilsack’s racist rush-to-judgement.


34 posted on 07/21/2010 10:50:21 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: maggief
From the article: During the presidential campaign, for instance, he was forced by the explosive utterances of his former preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright's to confront the subject head on in a speech in Philadelphia called "A More Perfect Union." The speech may have saved his campaign.

Then there was the famous beer summit he hosted between police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates after the scholar's arrest sparked a national debate on race relations.


"explosive utterances"??? Wow. Talk about trying to put lipstick on a pig. His rants were vile, anti-American, racist to the highest degree, and NPR just acknowledges that they were explosive. To anyone who didn't hear them, it would just seem like he was another loud preacher. Also, Obama CHOSE to attend and support that church for 20 years. NPR manages to make him sound almost like a victim.

Then NPR manages to ignore how the whole beer summit came about with Obama dismissing the competency and judgment of the police before even hearing the facts of the story. He knee-jerked right into his own personal racism.
35 posted on 07/21/2010 10:50:21 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Palladin

Yep. She’s an idiot, but she was the right skin color to get the job.


36 posted on 07/21/2010 10:51:42 AM PDT by CodeToad ("Idiocracy" is not just a movie.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

I called the local newspaper’s SoundOff this morning and that’s exactly what I said - it wasn’t so much her comments as the fact that the NAACP laughed and applauded her comments.....that’s what the most offensive....


37 posted on 07/21/2010 10:52:17 AM PDT by BamaDi (I'm praying for a bloodbath in '10)
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To: maggief

Another hit piece for talk radio.

Blaming the wrong people.

She said what she said...SHE the one that needs to apologize.


38 posted on 07/21/2010 10:54:42 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
She was the victim of an Obama lynching.

Would that be the white part or the black part?

39 posted on 07/21/2010 10:57:20 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

That’s a very good question. But charges should be brought no matter what.


40 posted on 07/21/2010 11:07:21 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (My carbon footprint is bigger than your carbon footprint.)
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To: maggief

LOL, that’s journalism for you today.


41 posted on 07/21/2010 11:12:41 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: jimbo123

Yes, Obama does hate Black people particularly if they are Americans!!! Let me embellish that statement a bit more. POTUS Barack Hussein Obama hates America, the United States of America and......”ALL” Americans. And.....so does his Democrat Party. Wake up, dudes!!! Time to drop Obama and any Democrat like a bad habit!!!


42 posted on 07/21/2010 11:12:51 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: maggief
important members of the president’s base, people he could ill afford to alienate: African Americans and liberals. >

What are they going to do, get mad and vote for the white conservative candidate next time?

43 posted on 07/21/2010 11:18:09 AM PDT by Graybeard58 ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: maggief

In her speech, Sherrod has shown that she harbors deep resentment for white people and has confessed to acting on that resentment. She was hired by the Obama administration days after she won a suit against the very department she joined as an official. She was the perfect Obama political hiree - a community organizer extraordinaire who demonstrated her ability to shake down the federal government on behalf of blacks (she admits she deliberately didn’t help whites). She represents the “thief class” in our society - people who become expert at helping others take from the “productive class” of taxpayers and hardworking American citizens. Appointing her to a federal job is an indication that the thief class is outgrowing the productive class, which will soon reach a tipping point in this country. That’s when we suffer Greece’s fate (both ancient and modern).


44 posted on 07/21/2010 11:18:56 AM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: maggief

“not having been there and not seeing all the facts,”

But he still concludes that the Cambridge police acted ‘stupidly’, just like he and Holder and Napolitano condemned the Arizona immigration law without reading it. Imagine if Dubya ever made such idiotic statements.


45 posted on 07/21/2010 11:22:44 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: MustKnowHistory

I find it hysterical they convinced Ms. Sherrod to resign because they were afraid of a Glenn Beck expose on a news channel they don’t recognize as a news channel.


46 posted on 07/21/2010 11:24:33 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: maggief

ROFLOL! Can you hear the *poof* when it blew up in their faces? It is still going over their heads as they run around screaming about Breibart and Foxnews when they did it to themselves. No one asked that she be fired THEY did that.All Breibart was showing was real racism in the NAACP’s reaction to her story about short shafting whitey. The redeemption part was there all along. They still don’t udnerstand what this was about. It was real racism of the NAACP compared to the imagined racism of the Tea Party.


47 posted on 07/21/2010 11:59:39 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Cyber Liberty

My god but isn’t that just the funniest thing ever? But on a more serious note, I hope and pray Beck has the courage, nerve, and wisdom to handle what bammy handed him on a silver platter. The regime is making moves based on what they THINK Beck might do. So many opportunities to show them as the traitorous lying pond scum they are, so little time.


48 posted on 07/21/2010 12:06:20 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: maggief

While Obama remains popular, his poll numbers are significantly lower than they were earlier in the year

Why, he’s the most popular man to EVER draw a 22% approval rating! /sarc


49 posted on 07/21/2010 12:09:15 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: HereInTheHeartland

“She was the victim of an Obama lynching. “

She deserved the shaft too. Imagine a 65 year old white FAA official saying: “This black guy came to me; but I thought about all the white farmers who had lost their farms, our people, and so I didn’t help him. I figured some of his own folks might help him so I sent him over to a black lawyer . . .” Duh.

I grant you the reaction of the audience was shameful. But Sherrod deserves the boot far more than did Trent Lott.

It’s so condescending. Our press expects blacks officials to say stupid, racist things in public and does not hold them accountable. It doesn’t even notice the shameful behavior of the well-heeled black audience because THAT’S THE BEHAVIOR THE PRESS EXPECTS. “Well, you have to understand, she’s black. That’s the way they talk and act, you know.”


50 posted on 07/21/2010 12:10:05 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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