President Obama has his priorities straight, indeed. Within hours of Shirley Sherrod asking to speak to Obama, he spoke to her to express his regret:
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president expressed his regret, and told Sherrod he hoped she would accept the Agriculture Department’s offer of a new position, saying she could parlay “this misfortune” into an opportunity to use her life experiences to help people. Gibbs said the president thought Sherrod was “very gracious.”
“The president expressed to Ms. Sherrod his regret about events of the last several days,” the White House said. “He emphasized that Secretary Vilsack was sincere in his apology yesterday, and in his work to rid USDA of discrimination.”
White House staff were trying to reach Sherrod this morning, and when she called back to the White House, the president spoke with her from his private office.
Wow. That was fast–the White House staff even trying to call her this morning. So efficient. Sadly, this concern and efficiency was severely lacking with the Gulf oil spill and Obama’s timeline, in which Obama finally met with BP’s (former) CEO Tony Hayward on day 58 of the oil spill.
Crossposted at 73wire.com