Obama Accepts Reid's Apology for 'No Negro Dialect' Comment

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is accepting the Senate Majority Leader's apology for a comment he made about Obama's race
during the 2008 campaign.

In a book set to be published Monday, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is quoted as saying that then-candidate Barack Obama could win the White House because Obama is a "light skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect."

In a statement, Reid calls the comments "a poor choice of words" that he deeply regrets. He offers apologies to "any and all Americans, especially African-Americans."

At issue are excerpts from the book "Game Change," by Time Magazine's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann. The book also discusses how then-presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton said she believed Obama's team had used out-of-state supporters to win the Iowa caucuses. She also accuses her rival's campaign of intentionally exploiting Obama's race.

Former President Bill Clinton is also described as making a racist remark. The book says Clinton remarked to a senator that, just a few years ago, Obama would have been serving the pair coffee.

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