Reid apologizes for questioning Obama’s racial authenticity; Update: Apology accepted, says Obama; Update: Sharpton backs Reid, of course; Update: Obama 2002: The GOP must drive Lott out

posted at 3:31 pm on January 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Whoa:

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.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect.” 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 reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.

Why did Reid suddenly feel the need to confess?  He’s trying to beat the media to it:

Reid’s comments are included in a book set to be published on Monday. “Game Change” was written by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann; the pair describe the book in interviews during Sunday’s “60 Minutes” on CBS.

Reid, facing a tough 2010 re-election bid, needs the White House’s help if he wants to keep his seat. Obama’s administration has dispatched officials on dozens of trip to buoy his bid and Obama has raised money for his campaign.

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign his leadership position.  Will this more explicit insult create any consequences for Reid?  It certainly won’t help his favorability ratings, which have tanked even before this incident.

Update (AP): That was fast.

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

Update (AP): Reader Geoff A. e-mails with a reminder that when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving.

Update (AP): A day dedicated to revisiting liberal racial hypocrisy ends happily, with a statement from demagogue par excellence Al Sharpton that all is instantly forgiven for his Democratic comrade in arms.

I have learned of certain unfortunate comments made by Senator Reid regarding President Barack Obama and have spoken with Senator Reid about those comments. While there is no question that Senator Reid did not select the best word choice in this instance, these comments should not distract America from its continued focus on securing healthcare or creating jobs for its people. Nor should they detract from the unquestionable leadership role Senator Reid has played on these issues or in the area of civil rights. Senator Reid’s door has always been open on hearing from the civil rights community on these issues and I look forward to continue to work with Senator Reid wherever possible to improve the lives of Americans everywhere.

Update (AP): A little more kindling on the flames of hypocrisy. Obama 2002:

“It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do,” said Obama.

He said: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”


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I can’t wait for the spin. Reids words will somehow be much, much different than Trent Lott’s.

SlaveDog on January 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM

What is a “Negro dialect”?

How does one sound or speak using a “Negro dialect”?
(Are there different “Negro dialects” in different parts of the country/world?)
Can a non-Black person speak with a “Negro dialect”?
Can Harry Reid speak with a “Negro dialect”?

albill on January 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

perhaps someone could attend a town hall meeting and ask the Senator these questions, video it and post on You Tube.

kringeesmom on January 9, 2010 at 4:09 PM

That has such a nice ring to it. Can we add “who ended his career in handcuffsdisgrace”?

sherry on January 9, 2010 at 4:04 PM

farright on January 9, 2010 at 4:10 PM

While traveling, I’ve been told that I have a “California accent.”

Nice example.

Just off the top of my head: Brad Dougherty, the former NBA player and now sports announcer, has a deep Southern drawl. He sounds like, well, a typical southerner. You could never tell what race he is (he’s black).

Culture is not race.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:10 PM

This story will be short lived because there is no aggrieved party.

Spirit of 1776 on January 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign his leadership position.

Yes, but Lott is an evil Republican! Dems can get away with racism. Did Bubba Clinton ever feel the heat for Fulbright, giving a former racist, the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

jgapinoy on January 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

But Wanda Sykes said herself when she was at the 2009 correspondence dinner.

The First Black President Unless you screw up!
The Press always taking pictures with his shirt off joking about not needing to see Obama’s nipples and the one about how she’s proud of him for being the first black president for now but if he screws up she’ll be blaming that half white guy and asking who voted for that mulatto.

So Harry Reid is using old Wanda Syke’s material?

Dr Evil on January 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM

So will Reid go on an apology tour, do a lot of community service projects and basically grovel at the feet of the black community like Trent Lott did?

I suppose he won’t have to do any of that.

But he would if he spoke in a Mississippi “dialect”.

SlaveDog on January 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

How come a white guy has to apologize when most of black america question black conservatives’ authenticity?

Raaaaacism!

Blake on January 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

” I accepted Harry’s alleged apology without question.”

Fixed it for ‘ya, Champ…

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Firstly, I think everyone pretty much knows what he means by Negro dialect.

Your assertion is emblematic of the problems caused by stereotyping. I guarantee that you would not be able to detect my racial or ethnic makeup based on my voice or speech patterns.

While traveling, I’ve been told that I have a “California accent.”

The Race Card on January 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM

If you don’t know that there are certain dialects that African-Americans speak (or what soon-to-be former SML Harry Reid calls it), then you need to get out more and interact with them.

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Here is Wanda Sykes, The Left Thinks, Everyone Has Their Short Attention Span?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmyRog2w4DI

Dr Evil on January 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

My guess is that Strom Thurmond would have agreed with Senator Reid.

Meanwhile, Robert Byrd compared Obama to Tacitus who defeated the Plebeians in 4th century B.C.

Or something.

Sheesh. What a way to run a country.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Liberals are racists.

bkm on January 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Using troll logic, Reid is a teabagger.

bloviator on January 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

If you don’t know that there are certain dialects that African-Americans speak

Yes, but that is cultural and not racial.

I’ll stop now.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

What is it with Democrat Senators and 60 Minutes? Wasn’t that where Robert Byrd explained how he had indeed come across “white ni**ers” in his lifetime, too?

Marcus on January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Hey, at least Reid didn’t call him a “magic negro”.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

It’s not racist racist

Mark1971 on January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Just off the top of my head: Brad Dougherty, the former NBA player and now sports announcer, has a deep Southern drawl. He sounds like, well, a typical southerner. You could never tell what race he is (he’s black).

Culture is not race.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Which is exactly why Reid was not racist in saying that Obama also does not use a recognizable black dialect. He just chose a word that some people don’t like to say it.

And Obama is a dirt bag (light colored dirt, I mean) for accepting an apology that should not have been given.

pedestrian on January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I don’t see any flags, either.

scalleywag on January 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign his leadership position.

Reid’s comments were moronic, but what Lott said was obviously way worse. He basically expressed support for segregation.

crr6 on January 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

And now the CNN video supporting Reid.

I have a comment about the anchor but it would be racist because I am a conservative. My apology would NOT be accepted.

AnthonyK on January 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

WH responded. Obama accepts apology, “knows Harry’s heart” and “the book is closed.”

In other words, “SHUT UP”

IrishEi on January 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Nice post Ed, but you missed a big juicy chunk of red meat. Reid didn’t just say that Obama had “no negro dialect”, he said that he had “no negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one“.

Here is the full quote from the Atlantic article:

He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately.

People are making this all about Harry Reid, but does Obama in fact speak with “a negro dialect” when he wants to? And if so when and with whom does he want to speak with a “negro dialect”?

Reid is certainly guilty of comments that could be construed as racist. But is Obama guilty of being condescending or worse with respect to certain elements of the voting public who overwhelmingly supported him?

Ordinary American on January 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Seriously…this would be front page material for weeks if this was a Republican. And that’s only if he resigned ASAP.

But politics aside, this is an amazingly ignorant statement to make. And this is going to cause the Democrats problems regardless of the lack of MSM coverage. If this is buried, it demonstrates that they don’t consider this kind of thing serious and tacitly approve of this kind of thinking.

Asher on January 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Yep. You have to move fast to stop arterial bleeding.

kingsjester on January 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

It will have a chilling effect on honest expression and debate.
I saw this type of “attitude” develop on a weightlifting board that I belonged to- the board was dead within a few months.
Unintended consequences.

justltl on January 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Only if you believe Allah and Ed are thoughtpolicing fascistic tyrants…which some dipsticks here actually do.

HA’s history of comment monitoring has been firm on extreme infringements of their commenting policy, but otherwise has been very, very open to all ideas.

MadisonConservative on January 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

WTF? Why is Obama accepting an apology for Reid saying he’s light-skinned and doesn’t speak with a dialect?

He IS sort of light-skinned, and he doesn’t talk with a dialect.

Now if Reid had commented on Dumbo’s EARS or total lack of ability for the office of president, I could understand the consternation.

bradley11 on January 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Reid’s comments were moronic, but what Lott said was obviously way worse. He basically expressed support for segregation.

crr6 on January 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

And Reid “basically expressed” that Obama talked like a monkey. (2 can play at this)

Marcus on January 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I don’t take anyone seriously who only apologizes….after being caught.

Character is doing the right thing when nobody is watching.

tatersalad on January 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

“Insults, humor that degrades women, humor that is based in racism and racial stereotypes isn’t fun,” the senator told ABC News.

“And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,” he concluded.

Clayton Sandell contributed to this report.

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

MSM: Racism? What racism? Hey! Look over there!! A ‘tea bagger’ eating WonderBread – RAAAAAACIST!!!

miConsevative on January 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Which is exactly why Reid was not racist in saying that Obama also does not use a recognizable black dialect. He just chose a word that some people don’t like to say it

Well, Reid’s comment was “racialist” and not “racist.” Important distinction.

Second, he didn’t say that Obama didn’t have a recognizable black dialect. He said “Negro dialect” as if the (one) dialect is racially acquired and not culturally acquired.

Again: dialect is acquired culturally from the social group or region you grow up in. It’s not racial or inherited.

Sorry, I’ve said this six times and I don’t know how else to explain it.

Reid’s comment was foolish, ignorant and wrong.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

obama is a total and complete hypocrite.
Reid folks in overdrive to shut story down. Obama puts out statement on Reid’s apology: ” I accepted Harry’s apology without question.” 10 minutes ago from Ping.fm
chucktodd
Chuck Todd

LETS GET INT HE WAYBACK MACHINE, OBAMA ON IMUS’S COMMENTS, WHICH REID’S COMMENTS ARE AT LEAST AS BAD AS:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3031317&page=1

reid’s comments are at least as bad as imus…..hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy – and imus apologized right away, not four years later.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3031317&page=1
Obama: Fire Imus
Obama First White House Contender to Call for Imus’ Firing Over Racial Slur
By JAKE TAPPER
April 11, 2007

In an interview with ABC News Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., called for the firing of talk radio host Don Imus. Obama said he would never again appear on Imus’ show, which is broadcast on CBS Radio and MSNBC television.
Obama Imus
“I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus,” Obama told ABC News, “but I would also say that there’s… Expand
“I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus,” Obama told ABC News, “but I would also say that there’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude.” Collapse

“I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus,” Obama told ABC News, “but I would also say that there’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude.”

Obama said he appeared once on Imus’ show two years ago, and “I have no intention of returning.”

Racial Slur Stirs Trouble for Shock Jock

Last week, Imus referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, most of whom are African-American, as “nappy-headed hos.” He has since apologized for his remarks, and CBS and MSNBC suspended his show for two weeks.

“He didn’t just cross the line,” Obama said. “He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. The notions that as young African-American women — who I hope will be athletes — that that somehow makes them less beautiful or less important. It was a degrading comment. It’s one that I’m not interested in supporting.”

Though every major presidential candidate has decried the racist remarks, Obama is the first one to say Imus should lose his job for them.

His proclamation was the latest in an ever-expanding list of bad news for Imus.

Sponsors, including American Express Co., General Motors Corp., Procter & Gamble Co., and Staples Inc. — have announced they are pulling advertisements from the show for the indefinite future.

Tuesday, the basketball team held a press conference.

“I think that this has scarred me for life,” said Matee Ajavon. “We grew up in a world where racism exists, and there’s nothing we can do to change that.”

“What we’ve been seeing around this country is this constant ratcheting up of a coarsening of the culture that all of have to think about,” Obama said.

“Insults, humor that degrades women, humor that is based in racism and racial stereotypes isn’t fun,” the senator told ABC News.

“And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,” he concluded.

Clayton Sandell contributed to this report.

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Hey, at least Reid didn’t call him a “magic negro”.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

That was the LA Times.

mad saint jack on January 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

It’s soooooo time for this guy to get out of DC. He and Pelosi have done more damage to our country than anyone in history.

scalleywag on January 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

He basically expressed support for segregation.

And Reid basically said all blacks, excuse me “Negroes”, talk the same and improperly.

Let’s all play take the comment out of context for political gain.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

This way they can spin his defeat as a result of his comments….and don’t think they won’t.

stldave on January 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Between this one, the person who said Obama was “clean and articulate”, and Robert Byrd, which party is full of racists again? Oy.

mjk on January 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Harry Reid thinks Obama is not black enough to speak ebonics. RAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!

If Harry were a Republican, we’d find his head on a pole outside of the Capitol. But he’s a Dem, so calling someone’s accent “Negro” is A-OK. Nothing to see here. I read an article today about the word “Negro” being used in the upcoming census and critics considered that word to be an epithet. Different rules for libs, obvi. Lying liars who lie. Hypocrites.

Philly on January 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

WTF? Why is Obama accepting an apology for Reid saying he’s light-skinned and doesn’t speak with a dialect?

He IS sort of light-skinned, and he doesn’t talk with a dialect.

Dude. Don’t you think there’s a key word missing in your little spin effort there?

SlaveDog on January 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

One of the enduring mysteries of the 2008 campaign was what got Ted Kennedy so mad at Bill Clinton. The former president’s entreaties, at some point, backfired, and the explanation has never quite emerged.

I’ve finally gotten my hands on a copy of Game Change, in which Heliemann and Halperin report:

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Ben Smith of Politico

HT: AOSHQ

Wethal on January 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Yes, but that is cultural and not racial.

I’ll stop now.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

So we’re on the same page: Dialects are cultural, regional, and/or pertain to social groups. That’s my point. There are subsets and different lingos of African Americans, as there of all other cultural groups. To say there isn’t is just ignorance.

The Race Card on the other hand wants to ignore this fact. Rather, TRC argues that saying there is an African American dialect is rascist. No, it’s reality.

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

NEVADA U.S. SENATE POLL: Reid hits new low in poll

Rating is worst in R-J’s surveys for 2010 election

Maybe the link is why………

RealMc on January 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Crr6 is defending racist talk!! And it’s what Goebbels did, too!!

See, we all can play, too.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

If Reid is re-elected after this debacle, then Nevadans get what they deserve.

Philly on January 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I wish Ed had included the full quote of Obama’s apology which included remarks about Harry Reid and “Social Justice”. This is how Reid gets away with it, but someone like Rush Limbaugh who parodied what an L.A. Times reporter wrote about Magic Negroes, (which previously was a phrase used by Spike Lee)does not.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Interesting timing – Dorgan and Dodd give in to WH pressure and retire but Harry Reid doesn’t. Looks to me like Rahm has his liberal media buddies drop the story they’ve been sitting on since 2008 – bye, bye Harry.

PatMac on January 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

He screwed up, fessed up for it, asked for forgiveness and it was given. Screwing up is something we all do, and forgiveness is something we all need from time to time. As someone that routinely has to extricate his foot from his mouth and beg forgiveness, I give SEN Reid a *pass* on this one.

ted c on January 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Sorry, I’ve said this six times and I don’t know how else to explain it.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Your point is well taken Steve, but the problem is that Dingy Harry should not have used the word “dialect.” I think it’s fair to say that most people realize that he probably meant the black American vernacular.

IrishEi on January 9, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Obama speaks with a reptilian dialect, not only because he is a lying snake but all of the “s” sounds in his speeches. It is like fingernail on chalkboard to me.

farright on January 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Negro is an adjective describing a masculine noun. The word negra (as mentioned above) describes a feminine noun. For example, el boligrafo negro is the black pen (m) while la misa negra is the black mass (f).

I thought Barack H Obama told us we all need to learn a second language like Spanish? This word is not an epithet, it is just too close to the spelling of the epithet, for many people to be comfortable using it. Then again I don’t hear anyone getting upset over the use of calling people Caucasian. Caucasian Race Peoples of the Caucasus.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Apology accepted, Captain…

fiatboomer on January 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Look, someone on the center-right who made this comment would be villied by the liberal/left groups organized to “watch” for such things.

And the press would uncritically report their villification, if not join in. That’s because Reid is politically correct and the others aren’t.

Race in America now is as much about politics as it is skin color.

And yes, those of us on the political right play the same sort of game.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign

The Lott incident was far more serious. This was just bumbling. Nevertheless, the timing is very good.

AshleyTKing on January 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Chris Matthews was heard today saying “Move along people, nothing to see here”

Hummer53 on January 9, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Let’s just face facts. Democrats, liberals, progressives, etc., are racists. Just look at their policies and what they have done to African Americans, Native Americans, etc. He was just saying what they all really think and feel. They only judge people by the color of their skin, not the content of their character or their actual qualifications. How do you think Obama became president?

MeAlice on January 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Obama: “They called me a WHAT??? Find out who said that and I’ll have them drawn and quartered before sundown!!”

Michelle: “It was Harry Reid, Superman. Do you want me to call Rahm and have the boys pay him a visit?”

Obama: “Oh, Harry said that? Well….He’s a Democrat so that makes it OK. Tell him to apologize publicly and I’ll accept his apology immediately. End of story. But if one of those terrorist Repukelicans ever says such a thing I’ll have the Chicago Union boys break his legs!”

GoldenEagle4444 on January 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

ROFLMAO!

Final nail…coffin.

Buh bye, Harry!

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Would the Messiah accept so non-chalantly if say…Rush woud have said that…or Sarah Palin?

The leftie latrine rats are redefining hypocrisy and a slew of other words, not to their benefit. The world is learning many times a day who/how they really are, including their ‘Agent of Change’ extraordinaire.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

The Lott incident was far more serious. This was just bumbling. Nevertheless, the timing is very good.
AshleyTKing on January 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Oh, so it’s serious when it’s a Republican and bumbling when it’s a Democrat. Whatever helps you sleep at night, young lady.

kingsjester on January 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

To be fair (do I have to?) to Reid, this wasn’t meant maliciously.

It was silly and foolish and sounds like something some old white man would say.

He apologized. Obama accepted. We move on.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

He said “Negro dialect” as if the (one) dialect is racially acquired and not culturally acquired.

Again: dialect is acquired culturally from
SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

He said “no Negro dialect.” That could refer to either one or many possible Negro dialects. If Reid had said Obama did not speak “the Dialog dialect”, then you would have a linguistic point.

pedestrian on January 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

OK. The comment counter is officially on and when this post reaches 500 comments I will have a beer and watch more football.

This story should be a FOX News ALERT. “Cat stuck in Tree!!!!” “Reid call Obama light skinned no negro dialect POTUS”.

This is just toooooo much fun….

AnthonyK on January 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

He screwed up, fessed up for it, asked for forgiveness and it was given. Screwing up is something we all do, and forgiveness is something we all need from time to time. As someone that routinely has to extricate his foot from his mouth and beg forgiveness, I give SEN Reid a *pass* on this one.

ted c on January 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Picture this then:
Exactly the same words, coming out of Sarah Palin or George W. Bush or Rush Limbaugh.

Yeah, the apology wouldn’t be accepted and they’d be run out of town on a rail.
Equality doesn’t happen.

I was rather hoping for a “Senator Reid acted stupidly” quote and a beer summit being called by the ONE.

mjk on January 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Obama puts out statement on Reid’s apology: ” I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

That was mighty white of him.

Just a joke, people, don’t draw and quarter me.

Daggett on January 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Chris Matthews was heard today saying “Move along people, nothing to see here”

Hummer53 on January 9, 2010 at 4:31 PM

It will be fun watching Chrissy tie himself up in the shape of a pretzel over this one.

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 4:36 PM

It’s a race against the clock on getting that health care bill to Obama’s desk…..

the only things these thugs care about it signing that pig…after that, everyone UNDER THE BUS!!

tatersalad on January 9, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Phonies are what the Progressives are, all day every day.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM

The funny part of all this is that Reid thinks Obama’s support and the surrogates he sends to Nevada will HELP him.

rrpjr on January 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM

WOW! “The Boss” weighed in already. MMs BLOG

AnthonyK on January 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I’m also curious, did Obama ever apologize for his ‘typical white person’ comment? Maybe he did and I missed it…

SteveMG – It’s not an automatic insult to say someone sounds black. It may very well have been intended to be insulting, but it’s not an automatic insult.

Can you deny that Obama sometimes changes his manner of speech when addressing a mostly black audiences? It proves even HE knows what ‘sounding black’ is.

Joy on January 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM

And as a painful reminder, the bumbling Michael Steele was elected head of the RNC because of controversy over Chip Saltsman’s boneheaded move of sending out CDs of the Magic Negro parody, and subsequently having to resign.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Reid is a pig.

That this came from the Reaper in charge of the U.S. Liberal Senate is schadenfreudig.

Couldn’t happen to a ‘nicer’ party, nor a ‘nicer’ guy.

Lefties wake up. Your masters have only one purpose, to exploit you, whom they consider stupid sheep, and to laugh at you, in the name of “for the people”.

Such arrogance and hypocrisy must be punished, and it will be.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 4:39 PM

The Lott incident was far more serious….

AshleyTKing on January 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM

How so? Here is what Lott said:

I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.

People assumed he was talking about segregation problems, but maybe he was talking about liberal problems.

IrishEi on January 9, 2010 at 4:40 PM

And as a painful reminder, the bumbling Michael Steele was elected head of the RNC because of controversy over Chip Saltsman’s boneheaded move of sending out CDs of the Magic Negro parody, and subsequently having to resign.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Stupid is not the exclusive property of one party. Still, this is sweet.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Wasn’t it Uncle Joe that said Obama was clean & articulate? The Reid says there’s no Negro dialect from Obama.There is a such a blinding doublestandard b/t the 2 parties. Reid meant what he said & said what he meant.

Some blacks should get incensed over the “Negro dialect.” Apology or no apology. Some are already b***hing & moaning about the word being on the Census form.

PalmettoPatriot on January 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM

These people are such hypocrites. It just boggles the mind.

Terrye on January 9, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I agree Ed missed the money quote, which is “unless he wanted to have one.”

The spectacle of His Oneness Establishin His Street Cred By Talkin Black has always been as ludicrous as algore taking lessons from a girl about how to be manly. Like his vaunted “oratorical skills,” it’s transparently something he was coached in and didn’t get.

Sure fooled Harry Reid, though.

warbaby on January 9, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Update (AP): Reader Geoff A. e-mails with a reminder that when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving.

That’s because when Democrats make these horrible comments, it’s a slip of the tongue.

But when Republicans make the same comments, it shows they have deep-seated racism in their blood, and a white sheet in their closet.

Enoxo on January 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect.” Obama is the nation’s first African-American president.

Sadly, Reid’s right. The dopey swing voters voted for this idiot largely because he doesn’t pronounce ask as axe. That and severe white guilt.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM

And Obama is a dirt bag (light colored dirt, I mean) for accepting an apology that should not have been given.

pedestrian on January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Hey, he accepted a Nobel Prize that should have never been given too.

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2010 at 4:44 PM

” I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

Fo’ shizzle, my Senate Majority Leader.

rogerb on January 9, 2010 at 4:44 PM

“Keepin’ the ******* down.”

Randy Newman Rednecks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nGw_vAnqPI

Lyrics:
http://www.randynewman.com/tocdiscography/disc_good_old_boys/lyricsgoodoldboys

davidk on January 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Reader Geoff A. e-mails with a reminder that when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving.

That’s because Obama “knows what’s in his (Reid’s) heart.”

When a liberal does this, it is never motivated by racism. When someone not a democrat does this, we all know what’s in his heart. Right, CJEd?

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Maybe it’s “ok” with O Bomber, but I know quite a number of black folks who won’t be accepting Harry’s apology quite so fast. That was a “blanket comment” that affects a LOT of people…Not just the Democrat’s lord and savior himself. Harry and Barry just THINK this is over and done with. They ain’t seen nothing yet.

GoldenEagle4444 on January 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM

That’s because when Democrats make these horrible comments, it’s a slip of the tongue.

But when Republicans make the same comments, it shows they have deep-seated racism in their blood, and a white sheet in their closet.

Enoxo on January 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM

+1,000.

And that reminds me–I need to pick up my pointy headdress from the dry cleaners.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Stupid is not the exclusive property of one party. Still, this is sweet.
Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Sweet? Really? chacun à son goût, and all that.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

OT–

Chavez devalues currency 50%.Democrats say hey let us do like they do.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN096521320100109

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Which is exactly why Reid was not racist in saying that Obama also does not use a recognizable black dialect. He just chose a word that some people don’t like to say it.

pedestrian on January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Reid’s use of the “N” word belies an inherent racism on his part. The connotations with that word reflect a deeply divisive issue in our country. Anyone who uses that word to describe African Americans or Black people has race issues.

My initial comment responded to The Race Card balking at the idea that someone pointed out that dialects do exist with African Americans (yes, they’re cultural). Reid’s second comment about Obama using this dialect when he wanted to shows that Reid understands that dialects are cultural.

In my view, the real problem is Reid’s descriptive word choice. If he doesn’t resign over this statement or isn’t forced to by the media, the race hustlers (Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson), then they’re all hypocrites.

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Hey, at least Reid didn’t call him a “magic negro”.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

But Reid is undoubtedly the “magic cracker”. How else can you explain how someone of his incompetence and lack of intellect and integrity could rise to such a level of power.

In any corporation anywhere, Reid would never have made it out of the mailroom.

TXUS on January 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Hmmm, I’m a leftist reporter. I must consult the flow chart for a moment like this.

1.4, Subsection A:

A racist or racially inappropriate comment made by a politician.

If Politician is Republican, immediately write scathing article calling for him/her to resign and to attend sensitivity training. Vilify said politician in editorials and any other available media outlets. End result must be nothing less than him/her losing any and all jobs, speaking engagements, side projects or positions on any Board of Directors.

If Politician is Democrat, write sensitive article on how quickly they apologized, how much they obviously mean it, how much stress they must have been under, and how insensitive and ugly it is for Republicans to be calling for him/her to resign.

Thunderstorm129 on January 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

The Democrat establishment think Obama is a “clean, articulate,light skinned, no negro dialect POTUS!” What could go wrong? They are ALL democrats.
AnthonyK on January 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

If liberals all just wanted to hate black people, that wouldn’t really be all that bad. They already hate all but most people as it is. Adding a few more ethnicities to the list would only make it more egalitarian.

But condescension is infinitely worse. A black man is running for President and liberals want to assure each other of his qualifications. So what do they brag about? The fact that he is (wonder of wonders!) actually able to bathe himself and speak the Queen’s English.

So all the other liberals nod their heads and agree: “Wow. Then he must be the best one out there!”

logis on January 9, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Didn’t Obama say we were going to have a national dialogue about race?

Emperor Norton on January 9, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Race in America now is as much about politics as it is skin color.

Absolutely. It’s also a money machine.

And yes, those of us on the political right play the same sort of game.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Can you elaborate please?

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Joe Wilson yelled “YOU LIE!”

Maureen Dowd wrote in her mind she heard Wilson say “YOU LIE” BOY!

Jimmy Carter is on video calling Obama ” this black boy.”

Maureen Dowd wrote… hmmmm….. can’t seem to find it.

mad saint jack on January 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM

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