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July 22nd, 2010
06:57 PM ET

Sherrod speaks to President Obama in a telephone call

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke Thursday with Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department employee who was forced to resign from her job based on incomplete and misleading reports about a speech she gave in March.

Sherrod received a text message telling her Obama had been trying to reach her since Wednesday night, said Julie O'Neill, a CNN Special Investigations Unit producer who was with her at the time. Sherrod called the White House and was asked to call back in 10 minutes, at which time she spoke to the president.

Sherrod was "very, very pleased with the conversation," O'Neill said, and told her Obama had said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was "very apologetic and very sincere." Vilsack apologized to Sherrod on Wednesday and offered her a different position within the department.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Nice that Sherrod got to speak to the President but I'll be interested to see what kind of job her old boss offered her and if it is one in which she thinks she can make a difference or if its just a figurehead position to minimize the damage done by firing her. I hope its a meaningful position that Sherrod will like – she's been through enough already.

    July 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  2. Tammy Christine

    Great news!

    July 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  3. Reen T.

    Poor Ms. Sherrod – she was tossed under the bus. She spoke some truth and got beat up for it. She is keeping America at large in her views as she works to help farmers!
    Bless her in her future and may she feel better as time goes on.

    July 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm |

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