Barack Obama put in a personal call to Shirley Sherrod today, trying to smooth over any hurt feelings from her abrupt dismissal. Just after noon, Sherrod got a text message saying that the president had been trying to reach her since last night, according to a CNN reporter who was with her. She called Obama, and spoke with him for seven minutes, at one point inviting him down to South Georgia for a face-to-face, reports CBS.
Obama “expressed his regret about the events of the last several days” and urged her to rejoin the administration, says a White House statement. Sherrod was “very, very pleased with the conversation,” according to the reporter present. “She’s feeling pretty good after talking to him.” She’s not nearly so pleased with Andrew Breitbart. Asked if she’d sue the influential blogger, she replied, “I really think I should,” and expressed hopes his site would be closed. (Read more Shirley Sherrod stories.)