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Harry Reid Apologizes For Praising Obama’s Lack Of A “Negro Dialect” And “Light Skin”

Besides plenty of recycled Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton revelations, the upcoming 2008 election book Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin features a somewhat surprising anecdote about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. According to the story, Reid has since repented for private statements during the campaign, charging Obama’s success to his “light-skinned appearance and speaking patterns with no negro dialect.”

In a new statement, as the book’s publicity grows, Reid writes, “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.”

UPDATE: Via Chuck Todd’s Twitter, President Obama has accepted the apology.

Reid folks in overdrive to shut story down. Obama puts out statement on Reid’s apology: ” I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

UPDATE (9:26 pmET): The president has released a short statement in full.

“Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today. I accepted Harry’s apology without question because I’ve known him for years, I’ve seen the passionate leadership he’s shown on issues of social justice and I know what’s in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”

Pun intended?

See the CNN report of the apology below:

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