Obama Tells Sherrod He 'Regrets' Firing Ordeal

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President Barack Obama has personally expressed regret to Shirley Sherrod after she was fired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture over misunderstood remarks at an NAACP event.

Obama called and spoke with Sherrod Wednesday afternoon for about seven minutes.

He assured her that an apology from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered on Wednesday was sincere and that the misfortune gives her an opportunity to work on behalf of those in need.

Sherrod was forced to resign after a video was published of her saying she did not do all she could 24 years ago for a white farmer because of her feelings on race issues in the South.

But the video was cut off before Sherrod's later comment that she overcame those feelings and eventually befriended the farmer and worked to get him the assistance he needed.

Vilsack publicly apologized for the misunderstanding and offered Sherrod a new job under a different position. She has not responded to the offer yet.

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