Newscast Media — Shirley Sherrod had earlier said she wanted to speak to
Barack Obama. She finally got her wish when he gave her a ring. The White House
released this statement:
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.