Sen. Reid “Not Going to Dwell” on Controversial Obama Remarks

Jan 11, 2010 4:19pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters today in Apex, Nev. he wants to move on from the controversy surrounding comments he made about then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008. According to a newly published book about the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, "Game Change," by Time magazine reporter Mark Halperin and New York magazine writer John Heileman, Reid called Obama “a ‘light-skinned’ black man ‘with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.’” Reid admitted that he could have used “a better choice of words” but vowed to continue working for the African-American community. On Saturday, President Obama said Reid called to apologize for the “unfortunate comment” and he accepted. “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House. Reid indicated today he shares the sentiment and is “not going to dwell on this anymore.” “It’s in the book. I’ve made all the statement I’m going to,” the Senate Majority Leader said. Reid told reporters today that he is “very proud” and “very happy” for being an early supporter of Obama’s candidacy for the White House and one of the first people to suggest he run for the presidency. “I can still remember the meeting that took place in my office with Sen. Barack Obama telling him that ‘I think you can be elected president,” Reid said. Reid said that Attorney General Eric Holder called him today to express his support. “In effect he said, ‘I’ve known you for a long time. Anything that I can do, anyone you want me to talk to I’ll be happy to do that.” -Karen Travers

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