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Obama speaks with Sherrod

NBC's Savannah Guthrie reports that President Obama today called and spoke with Shirley Sherrod. The meeting took place in the president's private office. The call lasted about seven minutes.

Sherrod did not make any indication about the job offer. President Obama tried to reach her twice last night, but was unable to leave a message. Staff were then trying to reach her this morning; she called back, and the president spoke with her.

Here's the White House's readout of 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.