Posted: Jan 10, 2010 7:31 AM by Associated Press
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.