Multiple outlets are now reporting that President Obama just called Shirley Sherrod. Will he try to persuade her to rejoin the USDA in some capacity, apologize, chat about race relations or some combination?
UPDATE: Here’s the White House press release about 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.