As we all now know, Sherrod was relating a story that happened twenty years ago when she was still fuming over the father's death at the hands of a white farmer. Ultimately the video went on to explain how she learned that this wasn't about black or white but was about poor people. The everyone backtracked, except of course Fox News and the initial blogger, and the Secretary of Agriculture apologized and offered her a different job from the one she had.
So how does Iowa play into this? The Secretary of Agriculture is none other than former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack who was raised by foster parents just twenty miles down the road from me. He was governor for two terms here in Iowa but gained national notice by launching the first and ultimately the shortest election bid for the 2008 presidency of the United States with a run that lasted less than three months before he realized that nobody knew who the heck he was. That is fortunate for us Iowans as had he gotten farther onto the national stage, Iowa would have been the butt of many jokes.
I'm also a little disappointed in how Sherrod has handled this situation. She demanded apologies all the way up to the president even though he had nothing to do with the ordeal. All the while she went on and on to whoever would listen about how she didn't want her job back and when offered a job created specifically to appease her, she said she would think about it and to my knowledge, is still thinking about it. To me, she appeared a bit pompous like Henry Louis Gates Jr., though not on the pompous ass level he got too. I don't think anyone can top that.