Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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The Associated Press. Fatahma Odebe, left, and Danielle Green, right, join a rally outside the Department of Agriculture building in Washington on Wednesday, in support of Shirley Sherrod a former Agriculture Department's director of rural development in Georgia, demanding that Sherrod be reinstated to her job.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the dismissal of Shirley Sherrod an injustice and a mistake and said he was apologizing for the "entire administration." He also said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to reach her to extend an apology.
"I accept the apology," Sherrod said on CNN after watching Gibbs talk to reporters.
Gibbs said Obama has been briefed on the situation. Earlier, a White House official said Obama hadn't spoken with Sherrod about the controversy.
Sherrod was asked by department officials to resign on Monday after conservative bloggers posted an edited video of her saying she didn't initially give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago, when she was working for a farmers' aid group. Sherrod says the video distorted her full speech.
The White House called the Agriculture Department about the case Tuesday night and it was agreed that her ouster should be reviewed because of new evidence.
Gibbs said people in the administration and outside of it acted without all the facts.