Sherrod: 'I Didn't Want' Obama To Apologize

"Ga. – Former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign after a blogger posted comments she made to an NAACP audience about race, is unsure about returning to a government job, she said Friday. President Barack Obama told Sherrod he regretted her forced resignation and asked her to consider coming back. He also said in a nationally broadcast network interview he believes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack ""jumped the gun"" in sacking her after just a few months with the USDA. She's not so sure about returning to government work but would like to talk more with Obama about promoting togetherness across the country. ""I don't want to be the fall guy, the fall girl, for discrimination in the Department of Agriculture,"" Sherrod told The Associated Press at her southern Georgia home. ""I need a little down time to reflect on what's happened the last few days. Is there another place for me to help all of us take advantage of what has happened over the last few days? I don't know yet."" For his part, Obama has ordered a more patient, deliberative style of governance from his aides and Cabinet members after the convulsive week surrounding Sherrod's ouster. Sherrod, 62, said she'd like to persuade Obama to visit south Georgia. ""I need to get him down here with some regular folks to see how they live and how they get along,"" Sherrod said. ""It might give him a better understanding on how to promote togetherness in this country."""