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    Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    WASHINGTON The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Obama is the nation's first African-American president.

    "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments," Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were first reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.

    "I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda."

    Reid remained neutral during the bitter Democratic primary that became a marathon contest between Obama and then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom Obama tapped as the United States' top diplomat after the election.

    Reid's comments are included in the book, obtained Saturday by The Associated Press and set to be published on Monday. "Game Change" was written by Time Magazine's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann.

    The book also says Reid urged Obama to run, perceiving the first-term senator's impatience.

    "You're not going to go anyplace here," Reid told Obama of the Senate. "I know that you don't like it, doing what you're doing."


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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by texmaster View Post
    WASHINGTON The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Obama is the nation's first African-American president.

    "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments," Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were first reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.

    "I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda."

    Reid remained neutral during the bitter Democratic primary that became a marathon contest between Obama and then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom Obama tapped as the United States' top diplomat after the election.

    Reid's comments are included in the book, obtained Saturday by The Associated Press and set to be published on Monday. "Game Change" was written by Time Magazine's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann.

    The book also says Reid urged Obama to run, perceiving the first-term senator's impatience.

    "You're not going to go anyplace here," Reid told Obama of the Senate. "I know that you don't like it, doing what you're doing."


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    Unbelievable. What a phony.

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Wow. That's just really, really bad.
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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Maybe if he was the senator of Texas or Alabama he would have got away with it.....but not Nevada.
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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Unbelievable. What a phony.
    I'd demand his resignation but the election will beat me to it.
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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by texmaster View Post
    I'd demand his resignation but the election will beat me to it.
    I just can't believe he'd say something so utterly moronic. That sounds like something a plantation owner would say about his house servant.

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Since when is it wrong to speak the truth?....

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Partisan View Post
    Since when is it wrong to speak the truth?....
    He didn't have to say "negro dialect". That's just plain ignorant.

    He could have simply said Obama is articulate, or he could've abstained from the presumption that black people all talk with a "negro dialect" and that Obama was an exotic exception to that stereotype.

    No matter how you slice it, it's a profoundly idiotic statement.

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    I just can't believe he'd say something so utterly moronic. That sounds like something a plantation owner would say about his house servant.
    Think Biden and Indian accent who work at 7-11.

    This seems to be generational.
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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Partisan View Post
    Since when is it wrong to speak the truth?....
    Oh come on. You can't be serious. There's a negro dialect?
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