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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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To: Noumenon

what if Barry rehires her and then Breitbart pulls out tape of her giving a Cracker Babies speech?

51 posted on 07/21/2010 12:11:09 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: lovesdogs

I watched Beck last night. This opportunity is in good hands. I say that, and I’m not a big fan of his.

Pray with me for his eyes.

52 posted on 07/21/2010 12:16:30 PM 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

Obama’s problem is he and his coupp aka administration hate white people unless they are incredibly liberal. They are a bunch of racists.

53 posted on 07/21/2010 12:46:51 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: CodeToad

From the UK - whatever the total context was, the terms she was using are way out of the ballpark. From here it seems pretty racist language.

Having said that, Obama should not have reacted so swiftly while ignorant of the full facts - everyone deserves a hearing. If he had waited he would not be in this pickle now.

54 posted on 07/21/2010 1:32:47 PM PDT by vimto (To do the right thing you don't have to be intelligent - you have to be brave (Sasz))
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To: All

I don’t think we’ve heard the last about Ms. Sherrod’s racist leanings...just wait...

55 posted on 07/21/2010 1:32:47 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: maggief

The White House acted stupidly.

56 posted on 07/21/2010 1:53:56 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: maggief

Is that Vilsack in the bear hood?

57 posted on 07/21/2010 1:56:02 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: maggief

This is a bad news worse news problem for Obama:

The Bad news is that white people believed she could be a racist.

The worse news is that Obama and the Dems believed it too.

58 posted on 07/21/2010 2:48:22 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, - W Churchill)
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To: maggief
Does anyone realize just how effectively Breitbart and Beck completely played the Obama administration for fools?

Breitbart puts the video out there, the WH makes a knee-jerk decision, and Beck and others say that she was wronged. Meanwhile Sherrod knows that she was just a tool. Now Obama has egg on his face in front of the blacks who support him.

This was a brilliant, defining masterstroke that ranks right up there with Palin's "Death Panel" comment. We have to start using the Left's tactics against them. Breitbart knows how to play dirty.

59 posted on 07/21/2010 3:17:40 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Mexico is the U.S. version of Hamas)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
The big story was the way the NAACP cheered when they heard how a white farmer might get the shaft.

That's not even the half of it. You've got to appreciate the full weight of this incident within the context of all the other race disasters emanating from the Obama White House.

The Sherrod embarrassment broke right on the heels of the NAACP's resolution condemning the Tea Party for having "racists on its periphery".

Breitbart couldn't have timed the release of the Sherrod video better.

It drives home the point that those who've accused the Tea Party are themselves documented racists, while no one's found a single video or photograph documenting racism within the Tea Party.

And, it didn't even start there. Even earlier, Michelle Obama spoke at the NAACP's national gathering on the eve of their vote on the racism resolution. Before that, you had Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party making the most overtly racist statements recorded in a very long time. And THAT, on the heels of Eric Holder's dismissal of the the Black Panther voter intimidation case.

This entire series of events has been one disaster after another for Obama, and he's clearly helpless to do anything about it.

60 posted on 07/21/2010 6:16:54 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: rfp1234

This White House never has a calculated response to a given situation. It is always a reaction.

61 posted on 07/21/2010 8:01:48 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: BamaDi
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....

And, *THAT* was Breitbart's original point. I'll be glad when the "Shirley Sherrod Side-Show" is over, and AB fires his next salvo into the NAACP...

the infowarrior

62 posted on 07/21/2010 9:51:20 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Maverick68
I don’t think we’ve heard the last about Ms. Sherrod’s racist leanings...just wait...

Totally agree. Already there is a quote attributed to her from 1999 where she talks in a racist way about white folks running things. She is still race obsessed and hate whitey her only caveat is if they are really poor whities they can suck the government teat too and be political allies. Anotherwords House Whities not Field Whities
63 posted on 07/21/2010 9:56:52 PM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: chris_bdba
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.

Nor will they, until perhaps the next salvo hits home, or even, perhaps the one after that. The NAACP is truly off-balance with this, they panicked, which caused the administration to panic, and thus the entire "Shirley Sherrod Side-Show", which goes even further to making them all look like the "gang that couldn't shoot straight". It's going to be a long two and a half years for them, with Palin, Breitbart, Beck, and Limbaugh *all* inside their decision-making loop. Expect even more panicked moves as time goes on, as these jamokes haven't the faintest clue as to how to react effectively to what's being done to them...

the infowarrior

64 posted on 07/21/2010 10:01:38 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: vimto
If he had waited he would not be in this pickle now.

He gave the NAACP exactly what it wanted, the problem was, the NAACP, even though *they* were in posession of the full tape, panicked, wanted the story gone, and decided that Sherrod would have to sacrifice herself to achieve that end. They contacted AgSec Vilsak, who, in turn, contacted Obama, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Right about now, the NAACP is collectively crapping their drawers. They now know, without doubt, that Andrew Breitbart is gunning for them, for the stupid war they decided to start by falsely implying the Tea Party movement is racist. He hit hard in the first salvo, making them look completely stupid, and now, they can only await the next, without knowing exactly how much ammunition he has.

Breitbart has shown himself to be a master at this, with his takedown of ACORN, and the NAACP now knows that they have, by their own actions declared themselves to be "NEXT"...

To paraphrase the late General George S. Patton, "I almost pity the poor bastages, by God, I almost do!"

the infowarrior

65 posted on 07/21/2010 10:12:49 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Windflier

I agree with you on all points. At the same time, we don’t want to overlook every aspect of this — including the NAACP racism.

66 posted on 07/22/2010 4:11:01 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Want stimulus? Look to Harding, JFK,, and Reagan. Tax cuts work. FAnnie/FReddie hurt.)
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