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Shirley Sherrod Talks With President Obama

Shirley Sherrod, the former USDA official, got her wish (did anyone have any doubts?) to talk with President Barack Obama.

The White House issued the following read-out on the call:

The President reached Ms. Sherrod by telephone at about 12:35. They spoke for seven minutes.

The President expressed to Ms. Sherrod his regret about the events of the last several days. He emphasized that Secretary Vilsack was sincere in his apology yesterday, and in his work to rid USDA of discrimination.

The President told Ms. Sherrod that this misfortune can present an opportunity for her to continue her hard work on behalf of those in need, and he hopes that she will do so.

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CNN reported that Sherrod told them that the president had tried to reach her Wednesday but could not.

White House aides tried to reach her again Friday and when they finally did, they asked her to call back to speak with the president.

Sherrod, for her part, invited the president to visit her in rural Georgia.