[UPDATE 1:36pm EST] In a speech this morning to the National Urban League, Obama addressed the Sherrod scandal directly:
Now, last week, I had the chance to talk to Shirley Sherrod — an exemplary woman whose experiences mark both the challenges we have faced and the progress that we’ve made. She deserves better than what happened last week — (applause) — when a bogus controversy based on selective and deceiving excerpts of a speech led her — led to her forced resignation.
Now, many are to blame for the reaction and overreaction that followed these comments — including my own administration. And what I said to Shirley was that the full story she was trying to tell — a story about overcoming our own biases and recognizing ourselves in folks who, on the surface, seem different — is exactly the kind of story we need to hear in America.
See a the full transcript of the President’s remarks. ……………………………………………………………………………………….
Doesn’t look like conservative blogger Andrew Brietbart’s getting off easy this time. Weeks after being ousted from her job at the Agriculture Department because of the conservative blogger’s antics, Sherrod told a gathering at the National Association of Black Journalists that while she doesn’t want an apology, she “definitely” plans to sue.
“I have many, many questions before I can make a decision,” Sherrod reportedly told the group about her broader work. “I don’t know what will happen from this day forward in terms of whether I’ll be back in the department or what I’ll do.”
In an interview with CNN last week, Sherrod also hinted at a defamation suit, saying, “I don’t know a lot about the legal profession but that’s one person I’d like to get back at, because he came at me.”
Check out all of ColorLines coverage of the Sherrod debacle here.