*Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who recently found himself with his foot extremely deep in his mouth, is busy traveling the road to “apologyland,” so to speak.
If you haven’t heard, here’s the deal. The Nevada senator is dealing with the fallout of a leaked passage in an upcoming book that quotes him calling Barack Obama a “light-skinned” African American who lacked a “Negro dialect.”
Reid first called President Obama directly to apologize for his comments and issued a statement apologizing to all Americans. The president publicly accepted the apology.
“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,” the prez said.
But Reid next called fellow Democrats to say sorry, according to Politico, and then began reaching out to African-American leaders in general.
According to a Nevada Mason-Dixon poll, Reid has the highest unfavorables of the election cycle, with 52 percent of Nevadans expressing a negative opinion of him.
“This is definitely not a fight that we want to be having,” a Reid backer told Politico. The source said he was “stunned that [Reid] could have said something so stupid to a reporter. It’s just kind of mind-boggling.”
And how’s his comment going down with “black leaders?” Here’s what Al Sharpton had to say in a statement emailed to EURweb:
“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.”
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