During his media briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to Shirley Sherrod on behalf of the Obama administration.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack copped a mea culpa.
Vilsack apologized and offered Sherrod a “unique” position.
Sherrod told NBC’s Meredith Vieira she is not inclined to return. However, she would like to meet with President Obama:
I’d like to talk about the experiences of people like me, at the grassroots level. Let me help him a little bit.
The media circus will eventually move on. But the media will pitch its tent in Baltimore in October, when the NAACP National Board of Directors meets to adopt the resolutions passed at its 101st annual convention.
So the Tea Party resolution will be fresh on voters’ minds as they head to the polls.
Sherrod has slammed the NAACP. She said the civil rights organization is “the reason why this happened. They got into a fight with the Tea Party, and all of this came out as a result of that.”
Andrew Breitbart, who posted the edited video, agrees:
I feel bad that they made this about her. You do see that she mentions a transformation and I’m sympathetic that they went after her and not the NAACP…For the NAACP to conspicuously play the race card for political purposes is wrong, and the goal was to show that here’s evidence of racist behavior.
And as Etta James observed, “If you gonna play cards, baby, well, you have to deal sometimes.”
The NAACP overplayed its hand. It now has to deal with it.