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January 11th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Sen. Reid's Racial Comments

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday for some racially insensitive things he said about Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.

A new book written by two journalists quotes Reid as saying that Pres. Obama’s “light-skinned” appearance would help him as a candidate, as would his speaking pattern “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

(Read the full story here.)

President Obama accepted Senator Reid’s apology.

We want to hear from you. Is an apology enough or should Senator Reid lose his leadership position in the Senate?

Leave us a comment. We'll share some of them on the air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am-1pm ET.

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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Our people are out of work and cant pay there bill's and our government leaders are bickering over the presidents skin color . Only in America may God save us from our selves.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  2. Shirley Sommers

    He didn't say anything wrong.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  3. patsy

    Harry's racist comments are what an old, white, wealthy man truly feels in his heart... his lips spoke the true sentiment inside. The liberal camp, does indeed, contain racists – probably more than the public realizes or the media wants to reveal. The Dems say an "I'm sorry" is adequate – really? The same standards should be applied to Harry as were applied to Trent... step down now, Harry. The mud will keep flying.... maybe enough mud to stop the monstrosity called HC reform from progressing and the massive amounts of FREE gov't money being thrown around.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  4. Jolene Davis

    ok so enough...we know sen reid can reach his mouth with his foot,so we all have an older relative who speaks as his generation has for years,not meaning any ill but to the sometimes hyper sensitive folks now a days unheard of , not politiclly correct...oh by the way have you noticed our President is a "light skinned" african american and he doesnt always speak like hes from the hood thank god an educated black man,who any american can strive to be like...hmmm someone for our youth to look up to..we are a mixed race household maybe we arent as sensitive about race as other families just not that important to us as is the charecter of that person..cant wait to read the entire book,not just hear about a few comments in the book

    January 11, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  5. R L Rogers

    Harry Reid, "When you dance with the devil you will get burned".
    Why didn't you appologize right after you made the comment?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  6. JustinCase

    Seriously, society's skin is about as thin as the Florida oranges right about now. Reid apologized…let’s move on.

    Do you think our soldiers overseas would like to hear us spending our day talking over things like this? They are putting their lives on the line today…we are worrying about words.


    January 11, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  7. Brandon

    None of the things Senator Reid said are false, but the way he put them was VERY racially insensitive and inappropriate. Yes, Obama's complexion made him more acceptable to the majority of the American public for whatever reason, and yes, his cadence during speeches is more acceptable to the American pubic (as opposed to a cadence found in a traditional black church, e.g. Jesse Jackson, MLK Jr.).

    So again, he wasn't wrong, but the way he put it was very wrong. Now the question of whether he is a racist or being a racist is different ballgame, and would be more of a relevant discussion if he made an actually racist comment. And, let's not forget, this IS very appalling coming from a public servant, even worse from the Dem's Majority leader.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  8. Jeff

    Sen Reid's comments were not racist. He did not say that he did not like African-American's with dark skin who spoke with a negro dialect.
    That would be racist! He said that light skin & no negro dialect would help Obama. That comment is likely true & the truth hurts!

    January 11, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  9. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    All of this is a distraction to our National crises our country dont have time for this ignorance.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  10. LaKesha Hembree

    I think this is ridiculous. What Sen. Reid said was true. I am a black female and I agree with what he said. No matter what people say about race relations today, being light skinned DID help President Obama win. He could not be dark or brown skinned, if so, it would have been too easy to portray hime as the 'angry' black man. Think back to the Lebron James magizine cover- they made him look like King Kong. Dark skinned black people arent given as much 'love' as light skinned people. Which is sad. And his dialect, President Obama did something that most black folks do, speak one way in front of certain people and another way around the people whom they feel comfortable. We do that EVERYDAY!!!! In the interview with the brother of the guy charged with the death of the boy in Chicago, you could hear TJ Holmes change his dialect for just a split second. The Republicans need to take a step back!!

    January 11, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  11. randy

    Harry, apologized to everyone so lets but some ice on it. With the Republicans, they just like crying and saying NO.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  12. Arine Ward

    First and Foremost...This is just a Political Strategy To Get You Off Course...Now you can either run with it...or continue on this mission to No where...If you stop all the comments almost 300 in 2hrs of the same non sense...Where was all these comments, when were trying to get things done like (i.e. Healthcare, Security) Race always brings out the hens and hornets and you fall right into the ugly trap. To stop it, you first start at home, here you sound just Jibberish...and that is my Negro Dialect!

    January 11, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  13. Ira D Jinkins Sr

    This Is Just Silly!! Who cares what was said last year or "he said she said they said crap"! We have National Crises To Deal With! Everything from our fellow citizens being out of work, homelessness and hungry, fighting two wars, trying to defeat extremism and the Overall Survival Of Our Nation! We Do Not Have Or Should We Make Time To Be Consumed With This Crap!! The People That Are "Fanning The Flames" are promoting nothing more than "divisions, distractions and plain old Political Gamesmanship"! The Goal Is To Try And Defeat Senator Reid and Other Democrats That Are Supporting The President's Agenda! The Republicans and Critics Are Targeting Senator Reid, Speaker Pelosi and Others Just To Regain Control Of Congress! This Is Less Than "Child's Play" At A Time When Our Nation Is Facing Survival Crises!! More Citizenship Would Sure Be Helpful! Thank You Very Much!

    January 11, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  14. Connie

    Blacks see race first. Whites see race first. This is due to the unfortunate racist history in America. It is what it is. Republicans have a transparent platform of racism..including their using Michael Steele to fool Americans. Harry Reid's deeds far outweigh his comments. No one is buying the Republican chant this time. Ask Republicans to get their teeth into something real and constructive for the American people!

    An African American

    January 11, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  15. Arine Ward

    Again, we go on and on on a topic...because everyone "Feels" its the 1st Amendment Right...Well sometimes in some should just leave well enough alone. When a Racial Riot starts, lets see how fast your quick to comment on what you've started...Cause and Effect...its coming...don't fuel a burning fire, how much warning is needed

    January 11, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  16. Centerlane9

    Senator Reid, as any politician does, made an evaluation of candidate Marak Obama's electability based on America's still existing racial discrimination and social prejudices. It does not represent his personal morals and mores. Unfortunately he should have reserved his comment to a select group of people…there was no societal infraction in his comment!

    January 11, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  17. scott

    The Republicans are pretty quite about what Brit Hume's said on Fox News, about Tiger Woods religion. And Brit's proud of it. That 's wrong.But that's the Republicans way of thinking.Fox News s--.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  18. Matthew Holden, Jr.

    Harry Reid's comments were realistic and a candid assessment of what white voters would feel. Reid said, in effect, that Obama would be acceptable to many white voters.

    The Republican criticism is intellectually dishonest. The television anchors' questions are pretty shallow. Ask Senator John Kyl which measures that African Americans want has he supported?

    The term "Negro" is old fashioned. But it is not "racist." It is the English version of the Latin word "negro" meaning "black." The "dialect" is a method of speech, but the most successful African Americans' speaking to white audiences do not use it.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  19. Martina Pickett

    "GOP" you are NOT the favorite son. As it should be and has been for decades......Obama loves his party more. Fair is not equal.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  20. Arine Ward

    America, Americans, Citizens, Humans...just can't let something go...until its a Cause and Effect Syndrome. I really believe that over half of the posters here...really want a Racial Riot/War...its over as of this past Saturday ...CNN and all posters Leave it alone...Where is the blog on more NEWS related topics

    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  21. Michael

    The comments Harry Reid made, were NOT President Obama, as much as the aesthetic and vocal characteristics about a candidate the American people would embrace, and how those features would translate into votes. Republicans need to break out a hammer,build a bridge and get over it and themselves, and perhaps focus on IMPORTANT things, like how they are going to put Americans back to work, or how those of us who have been out of work for a long time can borrow enough money to keep our homes and cars until we can GET the jobs and money that the U.S. Government allowed Wall Street to steal from us and steal form us again with the lack of strings in the bailout.

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  22. carolina girl

    I have a nice Southern accent when I want to. It ranges from Southern Belle to Low -Country Redneck depending on the situation I need it for.
    I think all this broo ha ha is just another way to get the Hill off task. When are we going to pay and offer benefits to our Representatives based on productivity and performance?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  23. Edukateu

    I believe that an apology is enough. The damage has already been done to his reputation.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  24. Susan DeMent

    What if the shoe were on the other foot? Do you think an african american man would have been reprimanded for making a statement of the same nature about a white man?? I rest my case!!

    I think it is absurd that they are asking Mr. Reid to step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  25. Arnold from IL

    Reid should not be forced to step down. He should step down because of his own embarrassment. How can we ever progress if our leaders are NOT LEADING by example.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  26. Kimberly from Atlanta

    Martin Luther King, Jr. told us to measure a man by the full content of his character. Senator Reid's 30+ year record as a champion of Civil Rights speaks far louder than an errant phrase in a back room marketing discussion... one that was echoed, though not recorded, in the back rooms of both parties - if we're all being HONEST, that is.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  27. Sherry

    He made the remark out loud that may have been in the mind of many of both the GOP and DNC leaders.
    Appropriate or inappropriate, he has apologized, his apology has been accepted by the person he spoke of, President Obama, end of news story. SERIOUSLY, END OF STORY.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  28. B P Garduno

    The Republicans just want Senator Reed out of there. This is ridiculous of them. They should have done a better job when they were in power. They are acting very childish.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  29. maribeth

    It's over. Nothing he said was false. Nothing he said was demeaning or meant to discredit Obama. Isn't there anything else to report on? I think there might be.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  30. Bill

    As a democrat I've always felt Reid is to weak to lead, his comments prove so.

    Bill – Minneapolis

    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  31. Mike

    Let's face it. Senator Reid didn't say anything that we all already didn't know. America likes a little cream and sugar mixed in with their black celebrities. Like it or not, if President Obama looked like the "Underwear Bomber", he would have never been elected in this country.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  32. Marlon

    Yes, he should resign. People in these types of positions should set a good example to the American people. It just makes our government look worse than we already are.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  33. Michael

    This is OLD NEWS! Just because you didn't make a big deal of it when it happened does NOT make it a relevant topic TODAY! In fact, if I were the news outlets, I would SHUT UP, it makes you look like idiots for not getting this "news" on the air WHEN IT HAPPENED.
    Also, if the President has accepted his apology, that's good enough for me and all of you should just butt out!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  34. cassady2euca

    There is no way Harry Reid should resign. His comments were caught, but everyone with a modicum of sense knows that a whole lot of white people have said that and worse "behind closed doors." If Reid should resign, so should every leader in power who has said such things but just not gotten exposed. And, since we're talking, Michael Steele should go someplace and sit down. He is so disingenuous, and is sooooooo being used. He is disgusting.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  35. Steve M from Nevada

    The comments by the Senator is not surprising, especially since he represents a state that is considered the Mississippi of the West...the state of Nevada which he represents has a terrible track record when it comes to racial diversity and inclusion for the states minority population. The senator and Nevada's leadership has done nothing for African American in the State of Nevada....Nevada has some of the most backward diversity policies or lack of in the this region of the United States...The urban league and NAACP may accept his apologies but I don't ...Actions speak louder than words

    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  36. Rich

    Harry Reid needs to step down now. This is really how he thinks of people. Everyone has to agree it is not only racist, but extremely polarizing as well.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  37. Karl Kalani

    This is just more fodder for the Republican political machine being blown out of proportion. Why can't they all (including Democrats) be more concerned about their own seats and deal with real issues such as jobs and the economy.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  38. Daniel

    Not racial, just a bad choice of words.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  39. Patricia

    It might be good to review just what Sen. Reid was saying. I believe that his comments referred to the electability of Barack Obama, referring to how he would be perceived by voters. It would have been well for Sen. Reid to weigh is comments when talking to an author. However, iin no case do they reach the (low) level of former Sen. Trent Lott who rued U.S. policy lacking Strom Thurmond's racist philosophy.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  40. Ed

    Reid should loose his job. Their is a big double standard for democrats. Just look at Sharpton on Sunday letting off Reid but attacking Clinton for a comment that was less racial then Reids. They need Reid right now for health care lets see how much they support him in his reelction bid after they don't need him anymore

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  41. Dorothy

    Sen. Reid has apologized and the Pres. has accepted; our
    Congress should get back to taking care of business, not
    nitpicking this to death.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  42. Michael

    I am a "Global Transplant" Born in the Los Angeles area, lived the transient military dependent life and now reside in Charlotte.. My training in Broadcasting has blessed me with the ability to turn the accent on and off, as needed. Our elected officials need to start actually WORKING FOR US, instead of the P.A.C's in the interest of lining their own pockets.

    You are right about the issue with Senator Reid's comments is nothing but smoke and mirrors to distract us away from the screwing the American people are taking by allowing Wall Street to steal from us and the banks to steal from the bailout. What needs to happen is to build in accountability in Congress and the Senate. If you break the law, you go to jail for TREASON. period. I bet that would put our elected officials on notice and cut down on the corruption as well as the amount of bad checks written to the bank of congress.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  43. Daniel

    Theres is no comparison between Trent Lott's and Harry Reid's statements. Trent Lott effectively endorsed a racist platform while Reid's comment merely reflected a sad reality in our society: African Americans have to work harder than any one else to make it.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  44. Buzz

    Sen. Reid's comments–made in private–demonstrate his racial awareness of the political reality of Barack Obama's potential candidacy. He used the dated term, Negro, which is not a racist term. The famed African American writer Ralph Ellison preferred to call himself a Negro all his life.

    Reid was praising Obama, unlike Sen. Lott who was supporting a segregationist, evil system in public comments.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    I don't see nothing wrong with what Sen. Reid said, and I'm a Blackman, who has been involved in the Black struggle for years. What I'm concerned about is money. Why is all of this money being spent and we get crumbs. Thats what I'm mad about. Blacks who find themselves mad or upset about this B.S. are lost in outerspace.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  46. Roger

    I think Sen Harry Reid should deffinately loose his position as leader of the house. He should be reprimanded, and that type of talk not tolerated! It is not alright for anyone to use that language and he is surely not setting the right example! This is 2010, when will race not be an issue anymore.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  47. Dyanne Earley

    The intent of the commeht is totally different from the intent of Trent Lott's in that one is talking about why Obama was electable and somplements his intellect, while Lott's comments were meant in the context of keeping the African American segregated was best for the country!

    World's apart in meaning...both insensitive, perhaps, but context matters.

    Dyanne Earley

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  48. Dawn

    Mr. Steele doth protest too much. He and Senator lott's comments were aimed at groups of people to devalue them. Mr. Reid was making a physical description. Just because someone says, he's black and articultate it doesn't demean him. Inviting them over for "Fried chicken and potato salad" or infering problems wouldn't have occured if we were segregated, aren't even in the same ball park!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  49. sifto77

    So, does Reid think Michelle is too "dark-skinned" to be an acceptable first lady? –some of the liberal comments on here are laughable. The remark was racist and is worse because it was said in backroom–at least Bill Clinton was upfront about his racially insensitive remarks–I never want to hear blacks play the race card again after this debacle of sticking up for Reid....

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  50. Gregory Hubbard

    Were not in any way comparable to those of Sen. Trent Lott. Strom Thurmond openly hated Blacks, tacitly supporting the clan by helping to defeat the bill that would have banned cross burning. Lott’s remarks were idiotic, not a poor choice of words.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  51. Connor

    Once again, this shows that the democratic party is still behind when dealing with other human beings on a large scope. They call others, such as Lation, Asian, or African-Americans while republicans just call them American. Harry Reid should and proabably will make an apology or statement to the public.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  52. Robert Sullivan

    I don't agree with my Republican leaders who say that Senator Reid should step and I don't even think an apology was necessary. Reid was was speaking the truth and discussing valid points. It is a fact that many Americans are still racist and their perceptions matter when it comes to voting. As my 16 year old son just pointed out, if Obama looked and spoke like Snoop Dog then he wouldn't have been elected our president.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  53. Joyce in Sugar Grove, WV

    Harry Reid's comments are not "news". His comments reflect the experiences of a man his age and happened over a year ago. I cannot understand why CNN just keeps beating this "dead horse".

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  54. Cathy, Victorville CA

    Sorry, but Reid should step down. It is unacceptable to allow our "leaders" to speak like this anymore. It is great that Obama forgives him but we will not have change in this country if we allow people like Reid to stay in office. It was a racist remark.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  55. Paul Alleyne


    As a black man, I am not surprised by Senator Reid's comments. It is typical of most in the white community, and his apology makes no difference. I believe that he and others continue to believe this because it is ingrained into our society's thinking.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  56. Garett Holveck

    We have really taken a look at this the wrong way. Harry Reid's comments may have been racially insensitive (meaning sensitive people may take them the wrong way) but they were not racist in their context. He made a logistical comment pertaining to the cultural state of the nation. Knowing the conservative, right wing, religious, racial majority of the republican party that Obama was up against... What he said was that an african american candidate, being the first potential african american president, would may not have had the ability to succeed if his cultural backround was more prevalent in his speech and image. This is not a racist outlook as long as we realize it is a factual observation. In a nation that still holds regional consensus' asking for race and sex for "polling purposes" we should understand this.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  57. Darryl Schmitz

    Both major parties are guilty of gross hypocrisy. Only a handful of their members refuse to go along with this bahavior, and are ostracized as not being "team players". The majority of Democrats and Republicans in Washington behave worse than little children.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  58. mark

    This is unfortunate for the democrats because it gives the racists themselves the opprotunity to further mask themselves. Mr. Reid's comments were the truth! They simply expose the racist thoughts of the so called "real Americans" or "The American people"!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  59. bob murphy

    Reid said what 45 million Americans said as they voted for Mr Obama. Picture Mr Obama on the stump sounding like a Georgia University wide receiver.

    bob palm beach gdns fl

    January 11, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  60. Judy Blackwell

    No, I do not feel Senator Reid should hold his seat. One rule should be for all to be or republican. We live in the 21st century, and everyone is educated enough to know that throwing racial slurs, big or little, is not accepted by anyone. The congress composed of intelligent and educated people above all should choose their words carefully. If you do not do this, then out you go. After Michael Steele commented that if it were a republican, democrats would be screaming for his head. That is true. I did not appreciate Tony's "HUM" afer Michael Steele finished speaking. That told me Tony did not agree with him. Tony should not reveal which party he agrees with. He gives the news and other peoples' views NOT HIS OWN.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  61. Sandra

    I think an apology was necessary but is sufficient. I judge a senator on his track record with regard to minority issues far more than a single comment he made that was insensitive. And I think Reid has been supportive of minorities in general and particularly of President Obama.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  62. Marlowe

    Tony I heard your anxiety when the clip of Michael Steele was playing. How can this generic wanna be white man talk about racial remarks. Honest injun that phrase was bout two week ago.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  63. Pam Azin

    Sad to see that the predominately white republican party can't handle the truth. Harry should be applauded for his honesty, not chastized 2 YEARS LATER! By the way I AM a white middle aged female and apologetic that my typical American upbringing has left that scar on my personality and I consciously work on it every day.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  64. George Staff

    "Big mouth" Harry Reid needs to learn some manners, which can best be taught by demanding his resignation, IMMEDIATELY! Nobody has the right to say what he did about President Obama, or any other African-American!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  65. Jared Salinger

    Words are too often taken out of context, convoluted, and exaggerated to inappropriately support political and social group agendas. Naturally, the language that politicians choose are important; however, the bigger problem, more than their language, is the self-serving ways in which their words are twisted by opportunists.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  66. John Reeves from Reno

    Senator Harry Reid is an outstanding and caring politician. Racial comments either inferred or implied can be taken in a pejorative manner, but in this situation, it is not. As for me, racism is a delusion.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  67. Bill Lane

    Steel should shut up. When someone miss speaks you must look at their body of work for or against civil rights and equality so I cannot see how you dare to compare Senator Reids comments and Mitch McConnell

    January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  68. Maureen B

    Given his age and his experience, the "light skinned" comment is indicative of someone who spends a little extra time on the color of a person skin. Enough already – the apology was due – accepted and given the job and the comment, Mr. Reid should step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  69. Oscar Baker

    Senator Harry Reid used a poor choice of words to praise Obama. I believe the key difference between an offensive comment and a forgivable slip of the tongue is the intension to harm or to praise someone. Those who call for Harry Reid to step down don't see the difference.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  70. Ray from Las Vegas

    Harry Reid has been sticking his foot in his mouth for a long time. Remember when he said "We're Losing This War, and the Troops are Liars"? How about when he called General Petraeus a liar? So focus on what he says. If you think this kind of thing is good, then support him. I don't like his politics. But at least in this case, You know what he stands for. Unlike many of the Politicians, his mouth says it all. I just wonder why anyone is supprised.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  71. Quiana Jones

    When you play with fire you will get burned! There's no reason for snide, and foolish remarks to be made by a Senator, about our President. In order to lead to have to follow, and if your aren't an effective follower, your leading potential has dropped drastically! Are you jealous or upset that your not the president? Or did you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed? What if one of your workers made hateful remarks about you, what would you do?.. You have no respect for the President not only as the President but as a grown man like you...or @ least the man you should be. In My perspective, you should step down from your senate seat and just walk away. Its because of ppl like you that our children have bad thoughts, feelings, and dispositions on others because there's always someone watching. Be careful of the things you say and do, you never knw who's watching! Q. Jones, Collierville, Tn.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  72. Nancy Dewey

    Hi Tony,,

    I keep hearing "They just don't understand. They just don't get it" in response to the bonuses being handed out in the financial sector.

    PLEASE – They GET it and they definitely UNDERSTAND. The fact is, in my opinion, that they feel "entitled" and are no more interested in justice or fair play today than they were when they permitted this fiasco in the first place.


    January 11, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  73. Roman Ramos

    If this would have been a hispanic or a caucasian or any other race that was being racially commented in this way that Harry made to our President, then these people would be dealing with racial discrimination charges etc., etc. Maybe he should not loose his job, but should be given some type of leave without pay.

    The USA represents justice for all, especially the US President. This is total face to face disrespect to our nation and our president.

    The word Negro is not the same as Latio. Not after all that the black race have endured through decades.

    Roman Ramos

    January 11, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  74. Arine Ward

    Simply Amazing Two Blogs of Chaos Why??? I mean is this "News" this is something should be over on Political Ticker. We want to know News, not what someone said that mounts to "Nothing" This is fuel for a Racial War...and when it happens I hope all is ready to be held "Accountable"

    January 11, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  75. Keith

    What he said was insensitive but it show how the good old boys network is alive and well in the congress.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  76. James Johnson

    no I don't wont his apology we should be pass statements like this it just shows whats in his heart which we all know thats how they all feel. and what we don't know wont hurt us. but when you let it out you must pay . yes he should resign

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  77. Garett Holveck

    The idealism that this is an double-standard between the Democrat and Republican party is ludicrous. Since Harry Reids statements were not racist in context they were logistical pertaining to the culture and racial divide that must be overcome to win the presidential election as a minority candidate, and the first potential black president. When the Democrats call for the apology and/or the resignation of a Republican who's comments were racist, more often then not the comments were in fact racist by some ignorant right wing bigot and stereotypical rather than logistical and factually related to the consensus.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  78. Tim

    Senator Reid did not say anything different from what some of us in the Black community have already discussed! What he said was not racist and we need to get back to more inportant issues like health care reform and dealing with the mini depression that the GOP lead us into.
    If any body needs to resign or be fired it is RNC chairmen Michael Steele! He is a disgrace and embarrassment to the African American community!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  79. Beverly

    How can we win the war in Iran when we cannot resolve the prejudices here in the United States. There will always be negative comments about the President or any Black person that have contributed to the good of these United States. The races will always be divided, we cannot get past that stiigma.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  80. christa

    Senator is an old man, living by the values, before 1960, but that does not say, he can say such things. He belongs to the GOP by heart and he should publicly apoligize to the president and to the nation. But then again, it means that you can't say certain things. That makes america a country with double standards and not the land of free speach. Jessie Jackson said something about Obama, before the election and it was'nt nice either, but nobody made so much fuss about it. We all are americans and if black people call themselves name it is said it is not as bad as when white people they something against blacks, which is total nonsense, because if you degrade your own race its the same.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  81. shan bedi

    Race is the root cause of the problem in USA . It has moved from main street to enclosed doors.It will never be abolished from the society.this is what is distroying AMERICA'S reputation around the world

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  82. John F Jessup

    Republicans get over it, we have a democratic President. Stop fighting it and do what is right for our country and the people you represent!!!

    We are all prejudice to some degree, we have a problem if we let our prejudice govern our actions.

    FYI, President Obama is trying to clean up years of Republican mess, it's going to take more then a year and some bipartisanship from congress to make this happen!!!

    Let's be more of a statesman then a politician. Statement stands on his/her believe and doesn't compromise; A Politician compromises.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  83. JL Johnson

    As a middle aged African-American male, I personally do not take offense at Senator Reid's comments. He comes from an era where the word "Negro" was the accepted term by both blacks and whites and is kinda stuck in the past. It's unfortunate, but I am positive he was referring to Obama in terms of electability and would become more accepted because of his "light-skinned" color. I truly believe Reid meant no harm and should not resign. Michael Steele is the one that needs to quit. The media and the Republicans are making a big deal out of nothing.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  84. William Leitner, MD

    Sen Reid is one of my least favorite people but he spoke the truth and did not even owe an apology for his remarks. Political correctness carried to today's extremes is counterproductive to solving our problems. "It is what it is" and if it is not as it should be let's fix it and not spend enormous energy finger pointing, being offended, and trying for a political advantage. You, the Media, need to quit fanning these flames!!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  85. Jill in Wichita

    Senator Reid didn't really need to apologise. What he said was true. I am almost certain that an unknown, very dark skinned man who didn't sound like people the general public listens to in most movies, on popular TV shows, news anchors, etc., he could not have gotten enough votes to be President, maybe not even Senator. Only the voters that are prejudice but are pretending not to be, can childishly act indignant and claim to be offended by what he said, and who, I would guess, could be described as thin-skinned, ignorant, attention seeking drama kings and queens around whom their little world should revolve.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  86. M. Baker

    It would seem that Harry Reid's remarks were recieived without any problem in 2008. Why wasn't it offensive then? A little late to be offended don't you think?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  87. Amaoge

    I truly believe Senator Reid's comments were inappropriate. Whether he is a Democrat or a Republican, he represents all people in this country. Therefore he should reflect upon his actions and ask himself whether he is the right person for the job.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  88. Abdul Bilal

    Tony, the comment made by Sen Reid described the feelings of most African Americans who look at Barrack Obama candidacy as racial. If you viewed him as a African American running for office you were delighted to see a intelligent non stereotypical African American male. However if you looked at him as a man an not a African American man you saw he was the best candidate at the time. I don't think Sen Reid comment was racial it was how he felt and he expressed it from the perspective of a Caucasian male that was raised in Black and White America.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  89. Lou

    Senator Reid's comment is true. It responded to my own assessment of Mr. Obama's chances of being elected among my peers. I don't understand why this reasonable comment should be taken negatively.
    Seems to me that politicians are too thin skinned.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  90. David Jenkins

    Harry Reid was speaking, in his own thoughts and language, what he felt about Obama and was not degrading him or trying to hurt him. The Constitution gives every person the right to speak and does not limit that to whatever does not offend anyone else. The NAACP and the Civil Rights movements find fault in most everything that anyone does that does not suit them. Every Southerner has had these conversations over the dinner table, in the schools and/or in their jobs for their entire life, why is it different now? Soon we will not be able to open our mouths. Waycross, Georgia

    January 11, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  91. al

    This is not a story. What Reid said is what we have said in the black community over and over. There was nothing wrong with what he said.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  92. Rich

    I am tierd of the Democrats an Republicans playing the race card all the time

    January 11, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  93. L. Ives

    Sen. Reid’s comments are indicative of what many senior members of Congress think and say. They are supposedly intelligent and savvy politicians. They are supposedly leaders of our nation. So, what causes these older members of Congress to utter such stupid comments? It must be dementia or arrogance. Either way, we need to get rid of them. In fact, let’s vote all the incumbents out of office. Yes, his comments were racist. No question about that.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  94. Amanda LaValle Smith

    I don't think Harry Reid said anything racist. His use of the word "Negro" was poor, but Senator Reid comes from an generation of Americans who use the term "Negro" as younger Americans today use the terms "black" and "African American," and its very obvious Sen. Reid said it without any negative racist connotation. It's ridiculous to attempt any comparison to the truly racist and insensitive comments made by Trent Lott. Senator Reid didn't say anything that President Obama is already well aware of. I think the Black Caucus should have insisted that there was nothing for Sen. Reid to apologize for instead of accepting his apology. By accepting his apology, they are only fueling this "Kent Starr" style attack of Sen. Reid.
    The true motivation for this "outrage" is the Republican party and certain conservatives' desire to remove as many Democrats from the Senate as possible, utilizing any means necessary. I am deeply disappointed in CNN's coverage of this story. By spending so much time covering this , CNN is implying this is a legitimate issue, when it obviously isn't. I thought CNN was above the bias and sensationalism of Fox news style news coverage, but apparently not.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  95. Jim

    Seems to me that the Republicans are looking for any chance to boot a Democrat just for the chance to weasel one of their own into the seat. Please tell us what you feel about it Tony, we all respect your opinion.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  96. Shirley Fry

    I am a Republican and I certainly do not approve of Harry Reid's politics, but there is an old saying "actions speak louder than words."
    This political correctness has gotten so out of hand that it has become onerous

    January 11, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  97. Sherry

    Senator Reid's comment about Obama's light skin and standard english speech was on point. I doubt that other's could hope to be elected. Neither would they be hired as news anchors.

    Trent Lott's gaff implied that racial integration should never have happened. Big Difference!!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  98. James

    As a person of African descent, not born in this country I understand what Mr. Reed was saying. In the same light I would not vote for a caucasian candidate with a deep southern plantation drawl, or some one sounding like they grew up in trailer country...

    January 11, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  99. Howard Jones

    Re: Harry Reid

    Typical GOP attack – smoke and mirrors while being totaly out of context. Mitch McConnell is the GOP comparison. It would be interesting to compare the body of work of both senators.

    Mitch McConnell Refuses To Condemn "Racist" Accusations — Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, refused on Sunday to condemn controversial comments made by Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh calling President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor "racist."


    January 11, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  100. Penny

    Harry Reid made inappropriate comments about President Obama's skin color and the preference concerning his dialect. These remarks were offensive and should not be tolerated. I feel that the remarks were racial in context and that the use of the term Negro was certainly questionable to say the least. This shows a mentality that should not be tolerated by our elected leaders. Sorry is not enough, Reid should step down from his post as Majority leader in the senate.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  101. Dorothy Barnes

    Tony NO!NO!NO! Mr. Reid should NOT resien his post,please have those that is crying foul to review Mr.Reids solid record on social justice .I say to Mr. Steal to face the truth,as a 69 year old black women I grow up hearing those comments,the difference is that Mr. Reid has worked to change that.Yes I say given Mr. Reid,s position he could have frazed his words different,but bottom line is the truth is the light,Say very,very loud to Mr.Steal and his group go do some thing postive and work to help make U.S.A. stronger.Mr.Steal learn your history Mr. T.Lott is know match to HARRY REID,Harry,s RECORD SPEAK FOR IT SELF.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  102. John

    Part of Reids comment about dialect sounds like an off the cuff observation. Most have witnessed Obama shift his dialect during a speech on TV. Perhaps he does this when it is to his advantage?.Nothing wrong with that and nothing wrong with Reid recognizing it. If the world conrtinues down this path of having such a thin skin all of us will end up not being able to make a comment about anything.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  103. Jean

    Why make mountains out of mole hills,President Obama has excepted the apology like a gentleman that he is.."".the comment has been noted""

    January 11, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  104. Rich

    Harry Reid's comments were not racist. He was making an honest statement about racism in America. Racism in America is the problem, not Harry Reid's comments. He has nothing to appologize for and shouldn't have done so. CNN is spending too much time on this topic creating a rift where there is none . Fulfill your journalistic responsibility. Do an investigive piece on the market manipulation of rising oil prices that are breaking the backs of people in New England.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  105. Tory Brown

    Harry Reids comments were: what we (black people) have been saying and dealing with for a long time. Pres. Obama is palatable and easy for the general populous (White America) to digest. This is still a systematically racist society. We take the success of the "exceptions" to the rule, & attempt to use that as an overview of the general climate of racial tollerance. Maybe you should reference/research a few books and movies. I.e.:

    "School Daze"
    "The Human Stain"
    "An Imitation of Life"
    "Good Hair"

    "Black Women in America"
    "Life and Labor in the Old South"
    "Savage Inequalities"

    January 11, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  106. Ron Heimer

    I can't stand Harry Reid. I would like to see him explode, but what did he say that was wrong? Does anyone in the USA NOT believe that MANY blacks have a cadence and dialect all their own when they want to. Pointing that out is not a crime. Heck, they wanted to teach Ebonics in school. Get over it America. Grow up!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  107. Kenneth Scott

    Speaking in regards to the statement by Senator Reid as a Black American, I totally agree with his statement. For TRUTH is like LOVE it sometimes will hurt.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  108. Matt Kennedy

    He is dead right. There was a push for Ebonics to be taught in schools as a second language. when I was in college most African Americans at the school walked around looking and talking like they were from the hood. I mean have you heard the majority of pro football and basketball players do a radio or t.v. interview. Most of them are not very articulate.

    So, if some one tells the truth, does that make you ignorant or cause for you to lose your job? I think not We have gotten to politically correct in this country. People need to get off their high horse and move on.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  109. Lauren

    This exemplifies the hypocrisy of not only Democrats in Washington but African-American leaders such as the Al Sharpton and Hilary Shelton. It doesn’t seem to be a big deal to these leaders who would otherwise organize rallies to force a resignation if it was a non-Democrat who said it. This proves that it’s ok to be racially insensitive as long as you’re serving the Democratic agenda.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  110. Monica Tichauer

    Harry Reed was right, and stated something that unfortunately is still true in this country. Anyone who thinks this isn't true anymore is deluded.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  111. Danny

    Reid should lose his seat. I remember the furor over Trent Lott and how he was forced out by the furor of the Democrats and what he said was much less than Reid.

    Reid should lose his seat and be forced home. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.


    January 11, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  112. Randall Boyte

    I believe Senator Harry Reid should step down. His comments are a display of hypocrisy of the worst kind.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  113. HC

    Tony – Water under the bridge, lets not allow those comments to hold us back. we've come too far...Peace and Unity...

    January 11, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  114. Jim O'Bryan

    Why does Reid have to apologize or even worry about resigning? – Nothing he said was untrue, therefore his statements should not be considered racist.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  115. Gregg

    I find it amazingly hypocritical of the Democrats to run to the defense of Harry Reid, when they would be calling for the resignation of any Republican who made the same statements. Lott stepped down after his inappropriate comments. Sen Reid should follow suit.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  116. Michelle

    His statements were unfortunate. He has been an advocate for African American rights and has proven himself time and time again. Let's move on a focus on healthcare and the economy.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  117. Maureen B

    WHEN will skin color (et al) NOT be a part of the thinking. Probably not in my lifetime.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  118. Joe from Alexandria, VA

    I find it offensive that both the democrats and the African American community aren't up in arms over this. If this were a Republican that said these remarks his job would be called for. Where is Rev. Jesse Jackson or Rev. Al Sharpton when their own party shows signs of racism??? Seems like a double standard to me.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  119. Donald G.

    He was thinking it and meant it or he wouldn't have made the comment. He should own up to it and step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  120. Barbara Johnson

    OMG...As usual, the Republicans jump on anyone and any issue about which they can create a political 'gotcha'. Just think how much could be done in this Country if all of the negative energy they expend could be utilized in a positive way. But, then that behavior is too mature...who wants to be a grown-up??

    January 11, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  121. Ken Schmidt

    Senator Reid should resign, the comments he made are disgusting.
    Remember Senator Trent Lott, the dems should be ashamed, these Senators have lost touch with main street. They think they can do what ever they think, just wait until the votes start to be counted this year, already Chris Dodd is running for cover along with his special loans that he recived from Countrywide Funding.
    How disgusting!!!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  122. Calvin Hunter

    Tony, I am surprised that you would allow your show to be used for such crap. We all know what Harry meant by his remarks and that those kind of remarks are hurtful. He made a mistake and has apologized for it. Time to move on unless you are supporting the Republican gotcha machine. Please don't allow the network or the Republicans to use you to further deepen the hurtful nature of the unfortunate remarks. You are better than that. We deserve better than that as viewers.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  123. David Gordon

    You guys make a big deal because you want attention and it is getting old for most of us! The world is turning anti-white. I dont think he meant anything buy that remark at all get over it Tony. You are so Socialist-Democrate it makes me sick! I believe in fair for one fair for all. The truth is most Black people dont work or are not interested in working, they will stand in line for a hand-out though. I work in the Oilfields and truth is it is too dirty for the blackman. Look at the Coal Fields-any Blackguys there! I dont think so.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  124. churchill umoren

    This is what he feels about black people. He has not changed. Too old to change his perception of black people.. If no one found this out would he have come out to apologise. Its crazy. Like i said during the election, these white guys in the Democratic Party, never loved Obama in their hearts...they just used him to stop Hillary Clinton.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  125. Ron Buffington

    Senator Reid's comments are tyypical Reid. Arrogance exceeding that of Obama. Remember the hundreds of millions spent on capitol visitor's center because Reid could not stand the stench of visitors in the summer. Our government no longer governs, but now are The Ruling Class of Society. Let us fire them all and start over.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  126. George

    Perhaps Reid's choice of words were not the best but what he said was/is certainly true. Light skinned or dark skinned, a black man or woman who is intelligent and articulate will go lots farther than those who are not. Martin Luther King, Barbara Jordan, and many others without their superior speaking abilities would long since be forgotten and would never have been given a place at the oratorical table in America. Therefore, we should encourage standard English be spoken from all of our children from day one. It will pay off if by no more than making someone THINK you know what you're talking about.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  127. Arleen Smith

    I am ashamed that Democrats are not calling for Harry Reid to step down as the party leader and/or resign. The obvious immoral double standard is an embarrassment.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  128. Sam

    This conversation is nothing but a distraction by Republicans who have no ideas about moving this country forward. I also find it ironic that the same Republicans expressing outrage here can go to Washington and vote against the interests of African Americans. Disgraceful.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  129. Sharon

    Harry Reid's comments were offensive but he has apologized and moved on and we should too. Just as offensive is the continual, nonstop coverage of this and other such "news" by CNN and others. Enough already. There is so much out here in the our country to cover that is relevant to our daily lives. Please, give us real news. Thank you. Sharon Rasey, Camarillo, California

    January 11, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  130. Drake

    Sen. Reid should step down or apologize for what, speaking THE TRUTH? President Obama is/was not offended by the statement, neither am I, being an African American. Sadly, there is indeed a known difference within our culture. Actor/comedian Chris Rock can and has explained the difference in an earlier comedy skit.

    What Sen. Lott said was in clear support for the oppression of African Americans; given the date in our American history that Strom Thurmond’s view point and statements were made.

    And Michael Steele, as an African American, should be ashamed of himself for pretending to attempt to compare the two incidences. Mr. Steele is merely trying to move the spotlight from himself and regain favor with the GOP for his newly discovered wrong doings. GAME OVER!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  131. Dan

    I am neither a democrat or republican; however, if our political leaders, from BOTH sides, stepped down every time they said something that was "politically incorrect", we would have no leaders. Maybe, the way these idiots are leading (or trying to lead) our nation, that would be a good thing.
    Let's focus on getting our troops home from Afghanistan, the economy, creating jobs, etc.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  132. Bill Jacoby

    Reid is a white mormon aand conversations as such go on within the church and that is plain reality. Just look as history. Trent had to step down because he was just too stupid and insensitive to say what he said. Had Reid said his remarks in public, much the same as Trent, then he should step down. My feeling is that he will see to it that health care is passed and then retire to Nevada where he can say whatever he wants without the public scrutiny. Shame on you Reid. If you have not seen the calendar lately it is 2010.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  133. Lewis W. Smith

    Why does the media allow the immoral double standard to exist relative to "inappropriate statements" made by Democrats and Republicans?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  134. Michael L. Hays

    Harry Reid is being accused of the crime of truthing. Solid research has established that lighter-skinned, better-spoken blacks have advantages denied to darker-skinned, less well-spoken blacks. The same pattern of preferences exists among blacks. So what did Reid do wrong? I am not surprised that he apologized; I expect such a response from most white people. But I am disappointed that Obama accepted his apology instead of saying that Reid had nothing for which to apologize. In this instance, Obama has failed to contribute his positive contribution to the national understanding of race in America.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  135. george gillespie

    His comment was not racial, it was cultural. I have the same physical characteristics skin and speech, and I recognize how I am treated, and that is all Sen. Reid was commenting on. Many cultures react to skin color and they also have what is considered educated and uneducated speech.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  136. let's be realistic.

    what harry reid said is absolutely true. people who are complaining are either 1. feeling uncomfortable because america's past isn't that far behind us, and the scars will still remain when it is, or 2. looking to get a democrat out of DC. "colorblindness" is ignorance.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  137. barbara thompson

    in africa they are called dialects. in america they are called accents. harry reid is called ignorant. if it isn't racist what is it?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  138. David McCracken

    Let's see, the party that has opposed measure after measure for political, economic and health equality, while Harry Reid has championed all, is atttacking slightly insensitive, but factually true, comments he made. Ones they probably made, and worse, many times, because that's the way politicians have to think. These Republicans give hypocracy a bad name–and smell! How about if they start working for health care reform, for just ONE example, as hard as Harry is.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  139. Michael

    Anyone of you out there read, "Black Like Me"? The first hand experience of the author showed that while living as a black man that the lighter your skin was, the better you were treated by society in general, even by other blacks. What Senator Reid said was not racist, it wasn't even wrong. It was a true, valid statement. He was also correct about then Senator Obama's language. He speaks very well but could just as easily use stereotypical colloquialisms "when needed". His only error, and it was slight, was using the outdated term, "negro". Big deal. We all call each other much worse every day.
    Those who are calling for Reid to resign or be fired are afraid or just simply angry that the Democrats have a majority.
    Grow up.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  140. Armando Algas

    He should resign! This is the same Senator that said we have lost in Iraq during the "surge" debate. The same Senator that was doing "close-door" sessions during the deliberation of the Health legislation, which is very clear now why he is doing it- He is due for re-election where he is down in the poll and he needs the "CREDIT"
    for this to improve his chances to win!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  141. mike sey

    Manufactured Political B.S. Describing a candidate as a presentable young man with a good head of fair hair, natural tan, and who doesn't say "aint" or use double negatives as being electable says more about the image conscious political process than anything else and would not be worth a second thought.
    . Reid stated the obvious: So what! No apology needed except from the Raucus Party of No and the media for trying to make a big deal out of nothing much.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  142. Ledgelight

    carolina girl, you have hit the nail on the head. Our government representatives pay should be performance based just like the rest of the working world. As for Harry, let's not make excuses for the generation. His comments were what he felt and he was wrong. Mr. Obama in now over looking his poor judgement for political reasons.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  143. lisa

    just because your "politicaly incorrect" doesn't mean you need be "tardy 4 tha party" More politians should try to reach out to the african-american community, even if it means stumblying over your words. Life is messy just clean your mess all up before you leave. Embarrassing, yes but I like his chacter. All others take note and be encourage.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  144. geri

    I think the forcus is being redirected to stall health care reform and the media needs to move on, PERIOD! Harry Reid's comment occured 2008 and the remark did not affect the election. This is not something that me as an Black person care to focus on. MOVE ON to things that concern our welfare and security, stop feeding the HATE and distractions. THANK YOU!!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  145. George - Idaho

    Tony, I think everyone should follow President Obama's handling of the Reid comments. After all, if everyone was to step down from their office in Washington DC because of something they said, unintentionally or intentionally, all of the seats in Congress would be vacant.

    A Great Start!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  146. Alice Joyce

    Reid's editor in charge of politial correctness should have taken red to that dumb paragraph.

    But at age 60, and being from the South, I have experience in this,and I don't think Pres. Obama is a light-skinned black man, and I think most all politicans are very handsome and articulate. Well....not Lyndon Johnson, Jesse Helms and a few others who weren't good looking.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  147. Mort

    Of course I feel that Sen. Reid’s comments are quite unfortunate but they are counterbalanced to a great degree by the man’s actions on behalf of African American’s and therefore, all American’s. I also feel that it is particularly egregious that Republican opportunists, who have and will do nothing for African Americans, seize this opportunity to righteously champion their rights and indignantly demand that Sen. Reid step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  148. Mary

    Senator Reed's comments concerning President Obama prove that racism transends politics: it is prevelant throughout our caucausion society. Shame on those blacks who excuse and accept Senator's Reeds apologies (please note no apology was issued until the Senator realized that his comments would be published.) Those (blacks) in positions of power and influence should take a stand on this issue; however politics trumps even racism in the Democratic Party.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  149. JODY K. DUNN

    HARRY REIDS COMMENTS WERE.... not so much of a surprise considering we continue to ignore the face of race.until AMERICA decides to stop tiptoeing around the issue of race and the ramnifications thereof,we are only fooling ourselves.everybody wants to act like there are no problems,but denial has a way of tapping you on the shoulder when you aren't expecting it.confront the obvious head on and neutralize the half truths and second guessing of hurt feelings and unjustified emotions.DIALOGUE,DIALOGUE,DIALOGUE.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  150. betty withers

    Senator Reid is notoriously ungifted verbally; who even talks like that. But he votes right and he cares about the right thing. I will take that over PC anytime – of course both is better. The Republicans need to give it up. John McCain told the two filthiest, sexist jokes I have heard in my long life and the Republicans ran him for President. Those who live in glass houses .....

    January 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  151. andy

    what americans have faIled to understand is that this was said during the heat of the compaign and is not relevant now for the battle to pass the health care reforms for milllions of americans who don't haveit. it is suspect why the journalist are publishing those commments now and only serves as a distraction for Mr Reid who should channnel his energies towards acccomplishing the task at hand afterall he has apologized.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  152. Shawn

    The problem with this comment is that it really shows what Harry believes. The idea that there is a Negro dialect is racist alone. He said what was on his mind and realized it was not politically correct so he apologized. The weak democrats accepted the apology because he is an easy vote and will always vote with them on issues of social injustice. That will allow them to keep minorities on their side and keep Harry Reid in their back pocket. This is one time the Republicans actually called the situation for what it was but not because it was the right thing to do; they did it because it served their own agenda. After all, Michael Steele doesn't talk with a Negro dialect either. They are all cowards. Signed dark-skinned black without negro dialect.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  153. Marva Boyd

    As an African-American borned in the deep south. I lived in segregation, lived thru the riots, and bear racial scars of the sixties. Yet I know, that while Senator Reid's comments, may appear offensive, when taken out of the natural context of his conversation, I understand what he meant. I fully forgive him, knowing that his decades of work, reflect his heart, and his Senatorial commitment which has benefited millions of Americans, even to this day.

    Bowie, Maryland

    January 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  154. Angie

    Here we go with Republicans playing the race card for Political purposes.

    Tisk Tisk. Yet if I were to do it against the Republicans, even though I am a minority, The Republicans would laugh and say that I was playing the race card and brush it off.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  155. Armando Algas

    He should resign! This the same senator that said we have lost in Iraq. The same Senator doing closed-door sessions without the Republicans so he will get the only credit for this legislation. Credit he needs to improve his chances to win re-election

    January 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  156. Robert

    Senator Reid spoke what many in powerful places in Washington and across America have been thinking and feeling for hundreds of years. Although Harry Reid is one man, he revealed the heart and minds of people who not only despised Blacks in America but violently tried to keep them from political, social, and economic progress.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  157. Okey Obioma

    Yes, Harry Reid was very correct. African Americans are uncomfortable with this topic just as white people are with discussing
    recism. When ever a black person becomes successful, the first thing
    they do is marry a bright skinned person or marry a white person.
    Look at the pros. If you look at your network, you are probably the only dark brother or sister. The rest of them are light-tinged or high
    yellow. My ten year old daughter who is dark-skinned has identified this and it is affecting her self image. Iam from Nigeria and it is the same thing. The women are bleaching themselves so that they can be considered beautiful by their men. Lets not lie to ourselves, he is corrcet.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  158. Duane Florschuetz

    When judging words, I try to apply the old adage, "Actions speak louder than words." and Sen. Reid's actions do not confirm a negative racial conotation. We lose more good leaders when we refuse to allow them to redeem themselves.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  159. RENE'

    Harry Reid was correct in what he said. Does America really want to elect an uneducated, unarticulated, Jive talking, pimp walking black man to the presidency. No... Just get rid of Harry Reid because we don't like him.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  160. dwellingplace

    As an African American, Mr. Reid spoke truth to power. Blacks has accepted this hidden fact for decades, created to divide the black community. White slave owners raped black women and children, and as a result, we have blacks of all shades of color, all of us as African Americans are beautiful, all of us are important in our contribution to society.

    But republicans have decided to put an "uncle tom" out as their chairperson, for the first time in their history, to spew out their racial thoughts, while appearing to be netural.

    We all know the politics behind the republican party. Not only are they the party of NO, they are the PARTY OF HATE. The biggest projectionist.

    We as African Americans know, just as Whites know, what is said behind closed doors in private about each other. It goes both ways.

    Kudos to Mr. Reid for owning the comment, most of us are afraid to.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    I am an African American and I do not feel that Sen. Reid should be slammed for telling the truth. Wake up America. It's not over yet.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  162. Teisha

    As an African American, the comment was not in good taste, but I did understand what Senator Reid was saying. He apologized to everyone who needed an apology and the subject should be dropped. What the democrats should be worried about is Senator Lieberman sitting next to Senator Mccain being his little lackey. Tell me what's wrong with that picture? The GOP and Mr. Steele believe that minorities are stupid and will vote for them because they have an african-american in our faces. Sorry we're not that dumb.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  163. lisa

    just because your "politicaly incorrect" doesn't mean you should be "tardy 4 tha party" more politians should bridge the gap and reach out to the african american community. Life is messy clean it up before you leave. I like his chacter. Others should take note and be of good courage. Even if it means stumbling and being embarrass to keep up with current events with people.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  164. Allen Alile

    Harry Reid has said nothing wrong.Those things reid said actually helped the pres win. Academic America took him serious for the same qualities Reid insinuated.
    I am black, and have always known these to be a serious facts that blacks refuse to exploit.
    sending the light skins among us to bring us the carrots and cheese.
    sounds stupid yea but look at it from my perspective.
    Obama or no Obama the doors of the usa are still very closed to the BLACK SOUL.
    GOD the only one will open it.
    I am a deep southern boy. MAY GOD BLESS YOU TONY. KEEP THE GOOD WORK AND PLEASE do not touch their women.and everything else will be fine.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  165. Elizabeth Case

    Harry Reid should be judged by the long time consistincy of his non-racist political deeds and actions, not by his benignly unfortunate choice of words.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  166. Margie. Florida

    I am wondering where is the beef PRESIDENT Obama Is light
    skin He speak above and beyond. Give me a break, Yes he is handsome
    young Smart A clean past Oh yes 1 WIFE 2 kids with said Wife. republicans should try to come up with something to my attention beside hot air

    January 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  167. Larry

    It's too bad the Right didn't take the high ground and give this a couple of months. I would have loved to see how much coverage, if any, the Left would have given this. We should remind ourselves from time to time, this is Entertainment News.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  168. Robert

    if' n it be aight wit yo', masta reid, i'll jus keep my blac face ou't o politiks, tha k you sir!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  169. Armando Algas

    He should resign! This is the same Senator thet said that we have lost in Iraq before the "surge". He also was having closed-door sessions on the Health legislation to get the lone credit for the legislation to help him win re-election.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  170. Elizabeth Case

    Harry Reid should be judged by the longstanding constancy of his non-racist political deeds and actions, not by a benignly unfortunate choice of words.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  171. Michael Larsen

    the republican's need to get off Reid. this is not about what he said, it'sabout policy! Michael Steele is a joke, anything he says should be ignored!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  172. Calvin Hunter

    As long as the majority of people in this country adhere to the contents of the Christian Bible then racism will continue to dominate our lives. When the Christian majority denounces the racism contained in the Old and New Testaments then the country will begin to heal. I would like to hear Christian leaders denounce the story of Cain and Able which is at the core of racist beliefs in America. Whites believe they are superior to blacks mainly because the racist nature of Christian beliefs. The Klan uses the Christian Bible to justify racism. What else needs to be said other than racism is ingrained in American Society and the Christian Bible is at the core of this ignorance.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  173. Theresa

    Why is this still in the news? What Reid said was true. No one who speaks ghetto English is going to be elected to high office. The skin color comment is more troublesome because there is nothing you can do about your skin color (while you CAN learn to speak standard English). However, no one on TV ever refers to Obama as biracial, but that is what he is. I am a white lady and so was Obama's mother. Did that influmence me when I cast my vote for Obama? Yes, perhaps it did.

    While I respect Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and I respect the work they've done to bring about more equality of opportunity for ALL Americans, the fact is that the Civil Rights issue is their main issue. White people will always wonder if these men would truly represent whites as well as blacks. But I had no such worries about Obama. He is the best possible expression of Americn diversity and he is President of all the people.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  174. Billbo

    Fired: If he so sincere, why did he wait until 2010 to apologize for a remark made in 2008? Does anyone really believe this guy?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  175. Donna Dahl

    What we see here again is nit-picking. If President Obama has not made a big case over the comment and has accepted the apology, then that should be the end of it. We should be more concerned about educatiing the youth of our country, health care, our soldiers in harm's way, and the economy.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  176. Joy

    While the comments were unfortunate, they were correct. If we really
    examine the comment at the time it was made, the President was seen in the light that Senator Reid explained it.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  177. Lorenzo

    I am African American and not offended by Harry Reid’s comments. I said the same thing during the campaign. Race was not a big factor for young voters, but to suggest that Obama’s white heritage, and Harvard Degree did not make him easier for baby boomers and older White Americans to accept is fantasy.

    What’s more offensive to me, is how Republicans, especially Michael Steele (as an African American), can equate Harry Reid’s comments to Trent Lot’s endorsement of Segregation and Jim Crow Laws, and his suggestion that things would have been better had we kept those _______ in their place. Especially while this “Jim Crow” attitude is being displayed through the GOPs handling of Mr. Steele- when he acts the way they want him to, all is well, but when he begins to think for himself, or show signs of “negro dialect”, he is chastised and put back in his place!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  178. Jeremy Minnich

    Allowing Senator Reid a free pass so to speak after Fmr. Senator Lott was forced to resign his Chairmanship and Senate position for remarks similar in nature is not only unfair, but wrong. Take responsibility for your actions, Mr. Reid.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  179. Robert

    if' n it be aight wit yo sir, masta reid, i be no good fo politicks, i be keep n my blac face n da barn sir!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  180. Tom Bryant

    If this were a republican the media would be calling for his regisnation. The reason the dems aren't calling for his resignation is because they want to pass their healthcare bill. Should I say "ram their healthcare" bill down our throats

    January 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  181. Bud Grant

    If the members and staff of the Legislative Branch spent as much time on real issues as they do on name calling and finger pointing we, as a nation, would be better off. Get to work folks or start planning for early retirement.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  182. DB

    Fair is fair. Sen. Reid's comment was racist, you can't say it any other way. An apology is not adequate just because it might hurt the Democratic Party if they lost another standard bearer who accidentally said what he really thinks. Shame on him, shame on the DNC for saying "all is well, he apoligized".

    January 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  183. Jerry

    The news sure is making a big deal out of what Reid said. Is this because he is a white guy. I haven't hard anything about the comments made by the Guest Host on the last Saturday Night show. Why don't you say something about that. Is is=t because he was black and the remarks were directed towards whites. Check out the show if you haven't seen it.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  184. Tina Raleigh, NC

    As an African-American, I applaud Sen. Reid for his candor. Race, unfortunately, still matters. It's as apparent in jobs as politics, even among my own people. Take a look at some of the music videos. Light skin women with straight hair and aquiline noses.
    Reid just stated the obvious. Many white people- not all- are more comfortable with Black people who more closely resemble and sound like them.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  185. Lionel Henderson

    Sen. Reid's comments mirror exactly what every African-American knows to be true. The lighter your skin the better the chance for success in white America. You can't hate him for stating the truth.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  186. vata frederick

    There is no need for the senator to resign. The statement is neither demeaning or racist and I am African American.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  187. Laurie Baker-Rattew

    I do not think Senator Reid should step down. What he said was said in private and it was IN SUPPORT of President Hopeful Obama, not meant as a slur. I believe it is important to see the context of any words spoken.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  188. Doug

    Senator Reid's unfortunate statement in 2008 is just a small window into who he is. He has apologized and it is now up to the voters to decide if he is the right person to represent Nevada. I would say no. Time for the troubled incumbents to step aside and let others get to work.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  189. atexan

    Health care. The economy. The "war" on terror. Wall Street making record profits while small businesses suffer.

    Do I really care about Harry Reid's comments. Come on, let's keep focus on the issues Congress needs to work on.

    Besides other members of Congress have and will say or do worse.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  190. lee stewart

    this entire brouhaha is rediculous. i do not really see it as a racial comment. what part of it is not true? what part of it says that he should NOT be qualified because he is a light-skinned negro? on the contrary, i find it an accurate assessment of ONE of obama's numerous qualifications.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  191. Ellen Chickering

    Nothing further needs to be done by Harry Reid. The Republicans are trying to use this for political gain! Nothing Harry Reid said was objectionable. He should not resign anything! Obama accepted his apology. Case closed!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  192. lyn

    Harry Reid spoke stupidly and his comment reveals racist overtones and also a superiority that white is better than black. Perhaps Obama can forgive him because he is biracial himself, but it reveals the real Harry Reid. In other words, the whiter the candidate appears, the more desirable he will be to the electorate. He won't lose his job but he should. Hopefully he will be voted out in November.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  193. P.R.

    So you just gave two choices:

    Is an apology enough?


    Should Reid step down as majority leader?

    How about neither?

    What he said is TRUE for the majority of white people in this country. It does not make them racist. If it is not familiar, many people will tend to turn agaist it.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  194. Mike

    The SAME standards should be applied to Mr. Reid as were to Mr. Lott!

    Stop protecting him and make him step down, NOW!!!

    Lott's comments were about the PAST, Reid's are about TODAY!!!

    Eagan, MN

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  195. Laura

    If Reid were a Republican the Democrats would be screaming for his head. Remember Trent Lott? If a Republican has to step down for being insensitive, Reid should too.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  196. Fred Slaven

    All senator reid did was speak the truth. People look for every little excuse to make something out of nothing!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  197. Tom Edwards

    As a resident in the State Of NV, Mr. Reid's commits embarass me.
    Should discrimination like his remarks go unnoticed. No. He lost my vote as a democarate in Nov.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  198. Cheryl

    I am a dark-skinned African-American and I say this is MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. MOVE ON CNN!!!!! MOVE ON. You're playing the deck of cards that the Republicans want you to play. Get a new deck and get off of this NON-ISSUE!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  199. Stan

    An apology was not required. Pres. Obama many times during the campaign referred to his looks, background and name as being unlikely for a Pres. candidate.
    Reid was just stating the obvious and what was in every political observers head

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  200. Steve Democrat from Nevada

    My father is a Nevada State Legislator, I sit on committees for the Democratic Black Caucus in Clark County Nevada, and the Minority Business Council... hope the black community on the national scene and the black community in the Senators backyard do not give the Reid a pass on this...especially when this state has the most backward diversity policies in the country...I have seen the data for minority participation and it is a disgrace and the Senator is doing nothing to address this... I don't want apologies I want action. Nevada is getting a lot of Federal dollars and none is getting to the minority community in the form of jobs and business growth... Don't apologize Senator show that you care about the African American community in your backyard...Senator it makes no difference to me if you step down because the minority and black communities in your own state are getting no benefit from your presence in Washington.

    Minorities and African Americans Sick and Tired in Nevada

    PS- If CNN wants come out and investigate we can get you the diversity numbers from the city level to the state....its terrible

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  201. Josh Harbour

    Comparing Reid to Lott is not a valid comparison because Lott's comments supported segregation while Reid was making a comment that voters in the US may be ready for a light-skinned president.

    Josh in Dallas

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  202. Jim Marshall

    I am a "Black / Negro / African American" , I am not offended by Sen. Reids comments but I am offended when Republican's who do nothing for Blacks or with Blacks have the anything to say. Images of Martin Luther King and Lincoln shown a the Republican Convention barley got a hand clap by the Republican Faithful "I am surprised CNN missed that". Then President Bush got a arousing applause when his face was shown last I check both Martin Luther King and President Lincoln were American Hero’s so why the cold reception by those at Republican Convention (President Lincoln was a Republican last I check). So if the Republican party faithful shown no respect to King and Lincoln why would they do anything different to the average “Joe/Jane Cool” black person?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  203. Susan L

    Reid's comments, no matter how they were intended, were racially discriminatory. If a Republican senator had made the same comments, he/she would have been pushed out of office. It seems there is a double standard depending on which party is in power. He should step down & learn his lesson the hard way.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  204. john oliva

    Tony, Unfortunately Senator Reid's are not an isolated incident. Senator Reid has a long history about making these type of comments about African Americans. Senator Reid should be put out and it is the height of hyprocracy for the Dems to give Senator Reid a pass on this. Look how the dems and black leaders drove Senator Lott out of his position for just making a kind statement about Senator Thurman during his 100 year old birthday party! All Lott was trying to do was say something nice, he had no racial inference in his statement.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  205. Moe Hurley

    Tell the Repubs to stop. Why didn't they apologize for the Tea Partiers when they put President Obama in racial caricatures. The Health Care Agenda is on schedule. This is another attemp to delay it.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  206. Jim Morton

    Good grief – what he said was an obvious correct observation. No big deal- hardly racist exxcept to a Republican.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  207. Connie McCormick

    Hi Tony,
    I am not sure you are "allowed" to give your personal comment on this subject; but as an African-American, what are your feelings on Harry Reid's comments?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  208. Jeff

    Enough is enough with the entire race issue. Can we as a nation grow up and move on to say survivability?

    Not everyone is going to hold hands and get along. And every group has something to say about the others at some point.

    Sen Reid and the vast majority of the Washington elite come from a much different time period. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  209. Michael Blakey

    Reactions to Reid's comments show how confused Americans have become about racism. His language reflects the truth that Reid is an older white man whose political ideas have grown faster than his obviously culturally isolated choice of words: Negro dialect, indeed. But this makes him something like the average white American, and yes there is at least a bit of racism there. All of the research shows that inequality of opportunity persists because whiteness is privilaged. This is the content of Senator Reid's private, unsophisticated, discussion of campaign strategy. White people might actually vote for a black person who reminds them least of black people. His comments were an acknowledgement of white racism, which is not a racist act. The false idea that acknowledging racism is itself a racist act has been used to stilfle discussions and corrections of racism in the U.S since the '80s. So, we have become more and more confused, more and more silent, about the elephant in the middle of the room. The point Reid was apparently trying to make is an honest one that speaks to this man's ability to fight against, even his own, racism better than someone who pretends we are a color-blind society on a level playing field.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  210. Kenny

    Being Black I totally get it.

    It's an unfortunate choice of words, but the Black community understands this is true in American politics, so for the republicans to be so confused just strikes me as a political lost to them. When they make such comments their record backs it. Harry has a strong record of supporting issues that support Blacks...

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  211. Douglas J.

    I find Reid's comments appalling, but not unexpected of many non-Hispanic whites. C'mon, who even uses the term "Negro" (i.e. never grow) any more, except the baffoons about to release the new Census. Reid should be removed from such a significant government post, just as it would be expected if a leading Republican made such a repugnant remark. Hell, Biden should also be removed for the sickening comment he made as well. Biden's comments sound eerily like the comments made by Bill O'Reilly when he ate at Harlem's Silvia's Restaurant some time ago.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  212. chris

    The president has a tough hill to climb dealing with the GOP, but what he fails to realize is that some of the tigers in his own party have the same color stripes!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  213. Jocelyne

    What is missing from this discussion is why are the republicans so concerned about what someone anyone said about President Obama they hate him and want him to fail as a president. Regarding what What Senator Reid said, I think action speaks louder than word . what is his record on issues concerning blacks vs his critics record is a better question to ponder.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  214. Mike Adler

    Sen. Harry Reid's comments were no more racist than comments by black leaders at the time who said of Obama "Is he black enough?".

    Cottage Grove, MN

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  215. Carolyn

    All the hubbub over Reids remarks is a tempest in a teapot. Enough already!!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  216. Dee Tigue

    Senator Reid's comments were true. They were an observation of our prejudiced society, and do not mean he is a racist. Too much spin, when we have real corruption problems in our government that affect our lives.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  217. Joe

    This is a story "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". Sen. Reid verbalized the feelings of a lot of white America, and it makes them uncomfortable to hear those thoughts in 'mixed' company.
    None of what he said was in the least racist, but the media, which panders to the lowest common denominator, will try and keep this in the cycle for as long as possible.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  218. David

    I don't think he should have made the comment but he did and has since corrected it. My goodness can't we all just get along. They are grown men and can work it out themselves if everybody else would just let them. Or you can keep adding fuel to the fire.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  219. Donna in SC

    Of course, Senator Reid should be forced to resign! Racism is racism regardless of where it comes from. For Dems and the Black Congressional Caucus to rally around this man and defend him is even more insulting. Everyone in America knows that if this man was a Republican they would be crying "Racism!" and rallying for his resignation!!! How quickly the Democrats are becoming the party of hypocrites!!!!! They only cry "racism" when it is politically expedient for them to do so! Counting the days until the 2010 and 2012 elections....

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  220. Rachel M Hervey PHN

    I'm tired of the "news" regurgitating the same foolish information put out by the nonfuntionong GOP ! Sincerely!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  221. laura from willis

    What's this World coming to? John Mc Cain, Joe Lieberman and Michael Steele, WHO ASKED YOU? What makes you the authority? Mr. Steele has accused our President of a lot of things. WHere;'s the call for his dismissal? John Mc Cain, you are NOT the President. You LOST the election, have you forgotten. Nobody cares what you think! At least, no one with any sense, that is.
    WHy are we squabbling over pure HEARSAY? Our enemies must be laughing their heads off!
    MYOB! Apology has been accepted! Don't remember anyone else mentionerd in this HEARSAY remark!
    Grow up, people!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  222. George

    Reid should be immediately relieved of his leadership position in the U.S. Senate, but the voters of Nevada should decide his future as a U.S. Senator. Senators and representatives who have spoken in his defense should also face censure. The double-standard applied by the media also cries out for examination and elimination.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  223. Ozzie Hayes

    Senator didn't say anything wrong. I feel that many of us are too thin skinned and need to stop with the criticism everytime a white person say something about a black person. As a black democrat I would feel the same way if the comment was made by a republican as I believe the statement is true.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  224. chaney

    We have better things to do, Reid was actually paying a compliment to Barack Obama it may have been clumsy but well intentioned..I find it a bit short sighted of Michael Steele he was the Honest Injun comment man, remember, but I dont think he meant it in a disrespectful way...

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  225. Stacie in Colorado

    First of all I applaud CNN for even discussing something that may perhaps reflect poorly on the Democratic party, as for the remark's time for Harry to retire. The only reason the Progressives are ignoring this is because of Health Care.

    Time for Harry to go – time to start focusing on JOBS!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  226. Maurice Willis

    I think that it's wrong for any political figure to become racially insensitive, especially when the try to dress it up to make sound like their a nice person. I feel there are more racists running around more than ever in a tie and business suit these days.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  227. Vicente Carlos Palmeri

    Senator Reid must resign.
    Double standards should not be used.
    Treat everybody with the same dignity. If he were a Republican , the democrats will be insisting that he will resign.
    His poor choice of words make us think he also has also poor judgment as he show during the Health Care debate.
    Pinciples are stronger than politics. Let;s keep them healthy.
    Resing Senatos Reid. NOW
    Stop damaging the country and its citizens. You did enough.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  228. webster bivens

    Sen. Ried did nothing to deserve this nonsense. I am black and in most instances can tell by voice inflections whether a voice on thephone is white or black.. YOU and STEELE need to get a life. I did not hear your voice when Tiger Woods described his race.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  229. Gonzalo Arzamendi

    I being listening sence this morning about the remarks that the Senator did about the President Race the sentor said he is sorry for that the President it's ok with that, Why you still traying to make more drama about it? Get over and move on there is more important news other that that, CNN needs to stop the Drama and Move on. It was said well nothing to do about it is done, and the patties involved are ok with that.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  230. John

    Mr. Reid is implying that if you are not lite skinned and do not speak with a caucasian tone, you cannot become president of the United Staes. Mr. Reid's statement is inherently racist and we all should be insisting that he resign.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  231. Larry Signs

    Too many people in this country spend far too much time searching for ways and means to be offended. Senator Reid's comments were not made out of malice, and all those "thin-skinned" people that are continually harping about other people's comments need to get a life.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  232. Sandra

    Come on people, Can't we talk about important stuff, like people such as myself with a pre-existing condition w/ no insurance. As for Mr Reid, President Obama as been there done that with others. Example, I have 12 grandchildren, 6of them has a white mom. My sons have more than once had to deal with their wife and/or girlfriend "accidently" slip an make a racial comment. It even slips out from under that LOVE SHIELD. iT HAPPENS . Let's talk about Insurance, Gas prices,jobs and other inportant stuff that affect us all.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  233. candy

    The Reid controversey is simply the result of an astute politician stating the obvious. Unfortunately, racial bias does still exist and Reid understands that. CNN often acknowleded during the race that there might be some racial bias effect during polling and although it is patently wrong, shade of skin and manner of speech could have been a factor for those who remain racially influenced.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  234. Konrad

    Senator Reid should definitely step down from his leadership position. His remarks are hurtful and for him to think that everything is fine as long, as he apologizes to who he thinks are the black leaders, is abhorent. Our so-called black leaders are giving him a pass as he may be deemed important to some goals that are viewed important to black America. In other words, these leaders blackness can be bought for the right price. If any Republican leader had said the exact same words, these exact same black leaders would be up in arms. We need to expect better from our leaders, particularly the Senate Majority Leader. What we have here is one instance of his thought pattern. I refuse to believe that this was the only time that Senator Reid has uttered a bigoted comment. Remember, he was the first and most vocal critic of seating Roland Burris. I guess he was not light skinned enough and he spoke in a Negro dialect.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  235. Carson Barger

    Can you imagine what would be happening if Harry Reids comment had come from a Republican? God protect us from the main stream media if Sarah Palen had said it. The main stream media would be beating down the doors of Jessie Jackson and AL Sharpton. It would be 24/7 coverage and a constant call for her expulsion from the human race.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  236. Mel Westerfield

    No one is being truthful if they conclude that a double standard does not exist. In 2002 Trent Lott made comments to make a 100 year old Senator "feel good". A negative inference of those comments was made by Democrats. Harry Reid maded direct (no inference needed) negative comments. Reid is forgiven, and Lott is crucified.
    You decide.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  237. Ronnie CasaGrande

    It's insane that this sort of discussion is still being presented. It makes me think that we haven't come very far, even though we think we have -since the election. This isn't even debatable, Reid should resign immediately.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  238. caesar

    Harry Reid's comments may not have been politically correct but they were certainly politically accurate as evidenced by the ensuing election.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  239. Marie Noguerole

    Much ado about something that will only serve to distract congress from the tasks at hand. GOP only wants to disrupt Obama's agenda for healthcare so they are jumping on this with both feet. They are also foolish enough to believe it will help them during 2010 election cycle. No matter what they say they don't have a snowball's chance in hell of unseating Senator Reid. Why? Well all is said and done the people of Nevada will remember all he has done for their state. And if their smart they will remember how far down the toilet this country went under the GOP. Obama and the Dems are trying to save this country...its time we all give them a break a quit nit picking.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  240. Beldonna Brown

    Well, personally I don't agree with his comments but really if the President accepted his apology then what's done is done. We should let it go.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  241. Bob G

    His apology should be sufficient. Blacks talk unfavorably about whites and whites talk unfavorably about blacks. To think otherwise is unrealistic.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  242. Bill Alford

    Tony, it is about time we stop all this political correctness nonsense. it is hurting us more than helping us, because it creates too many doublke standards and folks that want it both ways. For example: ethnic, religeous, or regional profiling for airline security. Take another example: remember when a NY law enforcement official lost his job because he correctly pointed out that racial profiling is an essential part of criminal investigations: indisputable facts – white motorcycle gangs are the primary source of methantphetimines, black Jamaican "posses" are the primary source of marijuana, mexicans/south americans are the primary source of illegal immigration and cocaine. To ignore these important facts hurts us and our efforts to protect all our citizens. We ARE different. There are great people in all races and regiuons, and there are also very bad people. We have evolved enough in our society, as evidenced by our president, to recognize this. Thanks for you good work. I enjoy tuning you in on my lunch breaks.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  243. Gee, No Las Vegas, NV

    ... commenting on person's ethnic look or speech dialect is totally different than supporting a "exclusion" doctrine to its manority citizens.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  244. Lee in Utah

    Tony ... As a 48 year old BLACK man I have heard my share of stupid comments and everyone is focused on Reid's words (definately stupid) but truth be told HE IS RIGHT. Race is still an issue and if Obama was dark skinned and had the dialect of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton he wouldn't have had a prayer. Why do you think Colin Powell is so accepted ... light skinned and well spoken.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  245. Chris Kaman

    Reid's statement was made in private. Are we going to police all statements made in private? Yes his statement was poorly said or even thought through. Lott spoke in public, spoke in support of a segregationist (polite term). None of us would be free from criticism if every word we said in private could be echoed to an audience for whom it was not intended. Reid should stay!!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  246. Scott Sippy

    A realistic but insensitive and unintentionally offensive comment from Harry Reid does not make him racist. President Obama understands and the Congressional Black Caucus dismisses any ill intent. This has clearly turned into another partisan issue but anybody without personal agendas should not think that Harry Reid needs to step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  247. J

    Senator Reid demonstrates a pattern of disrespect and inappropriate behavior. Why should we encourage him to stay in office?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  248. Taronba

    I don't think that Sen. Reid should give up his position because the issue is lame given only Republicans and news hogs are the only ones interested and no one wants a party of "NO" controlling the business of the US Senate.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  249. ebonitia

    Senator Reid has no reason to be embarrassed, nor should he have been made to apologize. He is obviously aware that this is a racist, sexist, color-struck society. He is an older man who used the "white dialect" of his day. Michael Steele, on the "other" hand, is an embarrassment to himself, and his mother.

    FACT – Yes, President Obama stood a better chance at being elected because he is "light-skinned" and well-spoken. Yes, he lacks the "negro dialect" that was taught to black slaves by their "masters" whenever they spoke to them.

    FACT – Yes, President Obama would not have been elected if he were married to a white woman or if Michelle did not straighten her hair.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  250. Marjorie Knowles

    We have all made inappropriate remarks that we wish we could
    take back whether they be racial or something else. I don't believe
    Reid meant anything racist in his remark and should not have to
    resign. He made a sincere apology for his remarks. By the way, I
    consider myself a Republican and think they need to lighten up!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  251. James Jesudason

    As usual, we are quick to jump on the purported meaning of words without ever bothering about the context. If a Rush Limbaugh said it, it wouldn't be too difficult to figure out that he was making a negative comment on Blacks. But when a civil rights advocate like Reid makes his comment, surely it could be more a negative comment on many Whites (i.e. that they only find some types of Blacks acceptable) than a statement about Blacks. In this politically charged atmosphere, premised on formulaic right speech, Reid has no choice but to apologize, but we need to be more discerning about the broader context in which words are said. American politcs has descended to the politics of words ((should something be labelled terrorism, racism, socialism, etc. or not) rather than embark on and talk about real economic and political reform.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  252. Bert

    I am of West Indian extraction but was born here in the USA. As most offspring from WI immigrants, I do not have what is referred to as a 'negro' accent as no one in my state side family does! We are not originnaly FROM here! Away from my middle class neighborhood in Westchester County (NY), I OFTEN am told that I talk like a 'white boy'. I have been severely faulted by native blacks for how I naturally speak. Although I am not a light skinned black male, doors open widely for me I am sure because I DO speak 'clearly' and thus am considered 'smart' because of my standard American accent. Mr Reid was simply speaking his mind as so many will not exactly for what has happened here! I believe that Mr. Reid's record should precede the comments he is being faulted for.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  253. ed bwana

    I did not find reid's comments offensive. I find all of the commets on both sides offensive. Why are we hung up on race and heritage?
    Is obama an african american? yes, is he a good looking guy? yes, will that help him in the public eye? of course, just like all of our celebs and their racial diversity, good looking, articualte people, regardless of race are n the media all the time....i am sick of hearing about race, especiallyfrom black people. Obama is black not african american any more than i refer to myself as a german american. we are taught to embrace our heritage and race, obama does not try to hide his race or heritage. reid, as most gov employees is a boob, a fool and wrong more often than right. lets talk about that, not his comments on obama, which were factual and not really a slur in any way. Obama and most black people are and should be proud of their race. why do we demean that by paying attention to comments from a ignorant politician that are essentially true? was obama offended? if so, then he can defend himself and tell reid where to go. he doesnt seem to mind being called an articulate, light skinned african american with good looks.....did we say the same of bill clinton? no one called him a handsome white guy with speaking skills and if they did, im sure he wouldnt have been offended....stop talking about nonsense and start dealing with real issues,like bank and finance reform, health care reform etc.... no one complained when palin was called a skinny white woman with an agenda! why dont black people take issue when white people are called crackers and worse? racial issues affect the entire planet not just one group or person. deal with that global issue and not just because we have an articulate, handsome, black president. this has been covered by the media way too much in place of real issues facing americans today. sad that we have elected officials focused on this instead of saving this country by doing their jobs...

    January 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  254. The Real Issue

    One of the writers indicated that Senator Reid is getting a free pass. Afterall Reid's comments were racist.

    My fellow Americans, there is a historical difference between Reid's situation and Fmr. Senator Lott's racist comments. Senator Reid has supported legislation that has never impaired the rights of every American. Lott's comments toward a segregationist fmr. Senator were entirely inappropriate. Strom Thurmond's record was well known and did not justify the remarks given to him.

    My fellow Americans, there are racists in both parties. Words matter but actions speak louder!!! Study the history of both men, and you will see there is no comparison regarding their support of legislation that affects every American's constitutional rights!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  255. Tom Bell

    So Tony,
    Why should Senator Reid apologize? I do not particularly like the Senator's views, but the President is indeed a light skinned (Mixed) African-American who does not talk with a negro accent like most African-American college-educated football and basketball players and Jesse Jackson choose to do! I knew all of that when I voted for him. Joe Biden's comments were complimentary. Why is the black community so sensitive to remarks made about any African-American that they must portray any comment to be a racial attack??

    I suppose if you referred to me as a white American with a southern drawl, I should be upset, and that comment subsequently carried on all the news stations.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  256. Sharon Barry

    I do not think Mr. Reid should be removed from the Senate. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?
    I am a moderate Democrat. If, Mr. Reid was a republican , I would feel the same way.
    He spoke the truth. He did not say anything demeaning or derogatory. I believe all he was trying to say was that Obama could readily be accepted as Americas first Black President given his proper use of the English language and professional appearance. This could be true for any ethnicity.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  257. Linda

    Get Real. If the President except Reid apology, why can't CNN.
    We need to get back on Health Care.
    Republicans is sucking this for all its worth and you are helping.
    Black Woman I am Yes! Not born in Africa. I agree the President
    Is a light color man and very intelligent and I am proud.
    For 23 year as a secretary in a Corporate Compay. I had to sound
    like I was white before I could get that position.
    Steel is a desperate uncle Tom a sell out. He mention he came fromf the
    streets and he acts like it too.


    January 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  258. Terry McCann

    Given Americas history of slavery and racism, President Obama would not have been voted in had he been 'more black'. The fact that he is half white is in his favor! Senator Reid was not making a racist comment merely stating a fact.
    All these 'red herrings' are just irritating given the real problems that are facing this country.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  259. John Dooley

    I think that Senator Reid’s comments when considered in the proper context were not intended to be racial. They were merely an honest and factual assessment of candidate’s chances for election. No more no less.
    Unfortunately you can spin it anyway you choose if suits your political agenda or titillates an audience.

    John Dooley

    January 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  260. James A. Di Santi

    I am a REPUBLICAN from conservative Indiana who thinks that my party is blowing a very bad horn as they turn a FACTUAL OLD statement by Senator Harry into criticism.

    Senator Harry Reid was one of the top people who encouraged
    Obama to run, so it's no wonder that the President is staying
    very quiet on the subject.

    Reid's comment was not racial but is still fact.

    I do believe however that Obama is riding too many horses
    in too many directions and is "RECKLESS" which is not my
    word but that of aTN preacher who recently officiated at my

    January 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  261. Douglas J.

    Although I feel Reid should be removed from such a high post in government, I also agree that the matter is an unnecessary distraction from the real issues that Republicans are desperately trying to distract the American populace. We need to win the war in Afghanistan NOW! We need affordable and practical Healthcare NOW! We need a more robust economy to create a wide breadth of jobs NOW! We need to ensure that State legislatures listen to their constituency (i.e. vote) regarding the definition of marriage, NOW!

    Reid should step down, and a stronger, democratic maverick should take his place, and blunt the distractions set upon by Republicans, NOW!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  262. Phyllis Wilson

    Sen Reids comment's are really not that serious. I am sure other comments have been made, that were more mind boggling than this. Lets get away from this issue and talk more about Health Care Reform honestly. Mr Reid apologized for the comment, Move on.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  263. Mrs. Johnson

    As a black American female, I get what Harry Reid is talking about. But, I do not agree with his categorizing of black Americans. People mistake me for a white person on the phone, but are surprised when they meet me in person and find out that I am black. These same labels and categorizing of black Americans have been going on, since slavery. Harry Reid's comments about Barack's skin color and articulation, are eye-opening, but don't rise to the same comparison as Trent Lott's pro-segregation comments. I am disappointed that Michael Steele and the GOP are using this as political fodder. Well, seems like Soledad O'Brien will have to do another "Race In America" sequel.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  264. Warren Schlesinger

    Harry Reid's comments were insensitive politically, but the comments themselves weren't racist. Reid's comments acknowledge the lingering racism in our society and around many parts of the globe. In many countries including the US, a person is at a much greater disadvantage the darker his or her skin is. Just look at newscasters. How many very dark skinned African Americans are in the public eye? Only in sports where talent is primary does skin color seem to matter less.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  265. Heidi

    Think about it. Racism would not exist if EVERYONE had a “light-skinned” appearance and would help him/her as a candidate, as would his/her speaking pattern “with no Negro dialect, unless he/she wanted to have one.”

    January 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  266. John

    Comparing what Senator Reid and former Representative Lott said is asinine. Senator Reid used unfortunate language when explaining why candidate now President Obama could be elected. Representative Lott was praising known segreationist policies of Strom Thurmond when he ran for President.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  267. CeeCee

    So does anyone actually doubt that Barack Obama would have been less appealing to the American public had his skin been as dark as his father's, or had he spoken with a dialect like Jesse Jackson? I think most people would agree with Harry Reid's observation. And it's really a statement about the American public more than about African Americans. It seems that white people are more accepting of people who look and sound more like themselves.

    What Trent Lott said was far different. He expressed his opinion that the country would have been better off with a staunch segregationist as president–and that that would have averted "all of the troubles" of the ensuing years (i.e. the battle for civil rights).

    If the GOP can't tell the difference between what Lott's vs. Reid's statements reveal about the men who made them, republicans truly have blinders on.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  268. Robert l. Fennell

    Senator Reid comment about the complexion and dialect of the President Obama is correct. If Senator Obama was a Black American, he would not have been elected.

    Tony, apparently, we Black Americans want to ignore the fact that President Obama is bi-racial and is an African American. We are Black Americans but the media continue to label the majority of us as African Americans, we are Black Americans.

    I was at a function this week end and their was a disturbance outside the building. I asked the person that was telling me about the incident "what race". He responded "your people" I am from Jamaica"
    Tony he was darker than I but he immediately informed us that he is not a Black American.

    Therefore, we can not keep up this pretense. Therefore, Senator Reid whom I do not support statement is correct. But we should also remember that the Democrats opposed the end of Slavery...

    January 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  269. Barbara

    Sen. Reid only said what people think. President Obama palliates the fears 'white America' has about an African American president.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  270. Mark

    As a African American, we should all be able to see through this as a Republican attempt to distract us from what is really important. Let's ignore this and get back to work.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  271. larry

    Mr. Reid has the reputation of being a champion for civil rights and one of our most influencial democratic leaders. The problem for him is that he said what he was thinking. Last time I checked, most African American voters registered themselves democrates. If he thinks that way, can you imagin what the republican party is thinking?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  272. Kyle George

    I didn't realize that perfection was required of our elected officials. Although Senator Reid may have made an ill-advised comment his intentions were clearly not malicious as evidenced by his encouraging then Senator Obama to run for president.

    The Senator made a comment that directly referenced an individual, he apologized to that individual, and the individual has accepted the apology with no apparent reservations. If the offended party is appeased, why should parties peripheral to the event continue to be offended?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  273. Eric Hill

    While the statements Reid Made are indicative of an underlying thought pattern that is unhealthy (that "negro dialect" is bad and "light skin" is good), his thoughts were made as a blunt assessment of the Obama candidacy. They were not technically racist statements but acknowledged racial sentiments in their construction. Similar to the comments that Joe Biden made, they are to be frowned upon but not beyond forgiveness. It is only when statesmen act upon these thought patterns, or attempt to marginalize the progress of minorities that they should be removed.
    A swift apology was made for a politically insensitive statement. Its not as if he's calling the president a liar or anything.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  274. Steve Garnett

    It is disturbing that Republicans have nothing to offer to cure the country's woes other than to use this as an opportunity to bash our Great Senator.

    The president witht he assistance of Senator Reid is attempting to reverse the most anti-American administrations policies in order to restore this nation to greatness....

    When people know they are wrong or in a difficult situation they grab for anything to take the focus away from what they did wrong... Here is the case! The Republicans know they were wrong during the first 8 years of this century and now are trying to mask it!


    January 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  275. Virginia

    I believe the comments from Sen. Reid should be offensive to every
    african-american person who is NOT LIGHT-SKINNED AND MAY
    TALK WITH A "NEGRO-DIALECT"! What is Sen. Reid referring to
    as a "negro-dialect" anyway. Apparently, American hasn't come
    that far when we say a black person can only advance professionally
    if they look and talk a certain way. I can't believe any person, of any
    race, or any political persuasion would "excuse" this language.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  276. Eddie

    Tony, only ignoramuses will compare Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's comment to the former Republican leader's absolute racist comment. Harry Reid was actually paying significant complement to President Obama, but unfortunately did that with poor language. Our Republican party lacks credibility in all aspects of civility in the American polity. This is another attempt to divide and conquer by causing friction between African Americans and the Democratic Party. I am surprised that ignoramuses the likes of FOX cable darling Glenn Beck have not joined the chorus.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  277. Margherita

    My comments are made as a former high level government appointee in the Reagan/Bush administration and a fair complexion black female.

    What Harry Reid said was true. As a long time Republican, I am sick of the current crop of Republicans grasping at straws to divert President Obama's focus from dealing with the real issues of the economy, health care, internationa terrorism, etc.

    There are countless academic studies to support exactly what Harry Reid said. He was merely stating a fact.

    Tony, please point out to me one single news commentator, yourself included who is not fair skinned on any network or cable station. I don't recall ever seeing any. I also do not recall any ethnic or regional dialects or speech patterns by news commentators either.

    Tony, the real problem is that CNN and other media outlets continue to replay this bull over and over.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  278. elizabeth

    Harry Reid is a terrific majority leader and a terrific senator for Nevada. We need him to continue as both. The people who are calling for Sen. Reid's head are those who intend to defeat health care reform. We must prevent that.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  279. Ken Orland

    I very much support Harry Reid in many of his efforts. I like him, and I voted for him.

    But, like many I am very disappointed by his lack of leadership on the Heath Care Bill, specifically the public option and single payer. I'm somewhat a disillusioned democrat at the moment.

    His words that he admits he used horrify me. They may have been technically accurate – but they were wrong on so many other levels.

    My dissapointment grows!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  280. Jaycie

    Just exactly by what right do the members of that failed party, the Republicans, think that they can tell the party in power, the Democrats, what to do? While it may be inconvenient, Harry Reid spoke the truth and everyone knows it, but, as usual, the Republicans will use anything, anything at all to create a distraction from their own spectacular failures. The Republicans care only about two things: money and power, and they will do or say anything to achieve and retain both.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  281. geri

    I want to comment on Michael Steele who is trying to cover his a- – by any issue he might make out of Harry Reid's remark. He is in trouble with his party and he is trying to move the media focus off his issues so that he can save face and hold on to his position.

    Blacks know that he's a token for the Republican party . It's their covert way to keep from looking like outright racist, so they let the TOKEN MICHAEL STEELE say things that would other wise be racist if they come from the majority. He is representative of his partie's and he is what I refer to as " lowdown and dirty " in the black vernacular.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  282. Mike Columbus

    Harry Reid was right. Obamn is able to change his speech pattern at will. That should be the big story.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm |

    To me i dont think Mr. Reid said anything bad regarding to the president. But it all depends on how some folks reason things. Why i say this is for the fact he mentioned light skinned or the Negro accent which dont make no sense. And aswell the president did accept the apology and stated case closed. This topic really need to end in a situation whereby the president of united states of america accepted his apology. And check in your heart he wasn't talking bad of the president but was encouraging the president capabilty of becoming a president.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  284. Harold Weller

    I truly grow weary of the constant knee jerk reactions and public "horror" that follow the utterances, dalliances, flubups of public figures. For anyone to take Harry Reid's latest 'gaff' as reason to evict him from his position as majority leader (or even from the Senate itself) is absolutely ludicrous. Grow up, America (and especially Nevadans) and realize what a good and honest man we have in office!!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  285. Javarri Brownlee

    The comments made by Senator Reid's shouldn't be accepted at all. I'm a young black man and it's painful to hear those words from any of our leaders on capital hill. The President shouldn't accept that, but unfortunately this comment just adds to the weakness of our President which people are starting to notice. The President should man-up and stop letting people pound on him. If the leaders of our country aren't taking our President serious than who will? I think he's doing a great job running the country and sometime it's hard to keep up with what everyone are saying, but when someone crosses the line he need to put them in their place. STEP DOWN NOW SENATOR REID!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  286. wilbur conway

    Toney what is wrong with this nation on race issues black people which I am one have several different shades or complexions and many different dialects depending on what areas they come from
    our president is a good role model for all america let us get over it and
    accept the truth.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  287. George

    As an African American and a Nevada resident I do not take offense to his comments and accept his apology. I challenge us as a country to embrace that which brings us together and not focus on erroneous comments made by mistake. What is more important is his work he has done on health care reform and protecting and creating jobs in Nevada. Those actions affect the African American community more than any insensitive comment.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  288. Mithu Mansukhani

    I have been listening to so much that has made me angry enough to write this...why is everyone critisizing a man who has taken on so much (garbage) to help the country and doing his best with whatever is available to him...why are all our senators,etc. making life more difficult? How about Good Old Respect for an Acheiver !!
    Why can't we help our Presidant instead of hindering him from trying to make things better.
    No, I am not in any party...A simple independant who is seeing our Senators behave like children! Throwing stones...Shame on them, I want to ask them did any of them have the guts to do what our President has done? May be they all need to retire and we can get
    some new blodd in there !!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  289. Michael Green

    Harry Reid apologized and he did it unconditionally–no "if I offended anyone," no if, period. He has a record of supporting civil rights and social justice. If people cannot see that, or compare him with a longtime opponent of social justice like Trent Lott, shame on them, because clearly they are too lazy or stupid to look at the facts.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  290. obdiane

    I cannot believe how many people are making excuses for Harry Reid, as an AA woman am offended that the black leader of America have decided to let this go, seems like a bit of hypocrisy to me. If this was a Republican they would be hell to pay (let us not kid ourselves). The statement was racist, what exactly is "“Negro language"? Is it the contrary of 'talking white' or what "uneducated Negros" converse, or maybe Ebonics? I would really like to know Harry, please enlighten me? Given the fact that you seem to be so knowledgeable on African American customs and languages, it should not be a problem.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  291. Robert

    I would like to think that President Obama was elected because he is intelligent, a grandiose communicator, and the best qualified man for the job. I truly hope he was not elected because of the color of his skin.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  292. edem

    if the president-the victim of those remarks-has decided to forgive that guy then why should he resign.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  293. Tanya P Henauer

    Respectfully, it might be time for all human beings to not just be taught in hi-school and University that there is only ONE Human Race still in existence: Homo Sapiens sapiens. we all know of Cro Magnon, Neanderthals etc.but they are no longer any human "races". The United States needs to stop asking for a person's race in the sensus and instead ask about their CULTURE. The only thing RACE is good for is RACE-ism.... Stop stoking the fire, educate – don't bloviate!

    Tanya P Henauer
    Student of Anthropology

    January 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  294. Gwen Johnson

    Senator Reid's comments were politically incorrect and offensive but, to those who think this is one of the top problems for America today, PLEASE FOCUS! Unemployment is having a devastating effect on the lives of many Americans, we are at war on multiple fronts, many older Americans have lost their retirement, small businesses are closing, etc...... AND our legislators are acting like two year olds. Please, please try to get along and get something done. We need your experience and wisdom without all of the partisan bickering. Senator Reid apologized and, to my knowledge, al to whom he has spoken have forgiven him. Let's move on with the business of our country.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  295. John Flowers

    I do not think that Harry Reid should resign as the Republicans call for. I believe that the "You lie" accusation by Joe Wilson was significantly more insulting than the comments by Sen. Reid.
    Wilson should have been court-martialed for insubordination to his commander-in-chief. No republican caled for his resignation, rather they circled the wagons around him.
    As for the "speak like Negro comment", as a Black man I feel that the
    uproar is misplaced. I am U. S. Army retired and one of problems I had in the service was getting young soldiers to speak english rather than ghetto vernacular which caused a very bright college to be found guilty at his courts-martial because n one in the court could understand what
    his witnesses were saying.
    I continue to be amazed that our young people emulate rappers in their speech rather than the articulate brothers and sisters in the news media.
    Thank you,

    January 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  296. Ele

    As a Native, I'm annoyed that there's little to no press about Steele's "honest injun" comment. Not only does he show insensitivity by not acknowledging the depth of his comment, but the media furthers it by not acknowledging it either.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  297. Beverly Jones

    Wake Up America! It is 2010 and time for all of us to become a United America! Pres. Obama was elected by the people for the people. He inherited from the Bush administration a war, a recession and untruths. For eight years, we allowed a republican administration to carry us down the drain at home and abroad. Now when the Obama Administration is attempting to correct the mistakes of the past and move on, all we hear is criticism and the blaming of him for everything that goes wrong. Place the blame where it belongs (the greed of those at the top to stay at the top). But with an election year in the mix politicans will use any issue that is a hot button to get elected again that they could have solved during their first terms.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  298. Michael Knight

    What part of Senator Reid's remarks were considered 'SO' offensive? People over 60 with no racial disrespect have referred to African.Americans as Negros because there newer words did not exist. The senator said NOTHING that was a LIE or untrue. He is not a raciest. The new censes forms lists Nigro as a race. Give me and the Senator a break. Tell the Republicans to go to hell. They have done and DO much worse calling everyone 'NAMES'.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  299. Gordon

    Why don't we get upset about Harry Reid blatantly lying to the American people about healthcare rather than being truthful about Barack Obama (although inappropriate)?? Reid is obviously not a racist and his remarks don't deserve being front page news. Nor do anyone elses. Get over it!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  300. Terrence

    Being black, I'd say that Reid needs be educated on blacks in general. I'm peresonally most disturbed by his reference to "negro dialect". There is no "Negro Dialect", "Black Vernacular" or "ebonic" language in America. There is slang, that is affected by regional dialect, but it's shared by many races. A black man in MA won't have the same vernacular as a black man in Georgia or a black man in Dakota. A White man in New york my have the same dialect as a black man in New york. There is no common language that is attributed to race. Ried just showed his ignorance by making that comment.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  301. David

    what sen reid said does not affect his abilty to do his job so no he should not resign not to mention its the double standerd on the race thing a white man says negro everyone get upset a black man say cracker nobody cares why is that

    January 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  302. Emery

    Senator Reid was just stating a blunt political fact. Even though it's sad to admit it in this day and age, it is true that being light-skinned with no black dialect helped Obama to get elected. Reid was simply offering accurate political, commentary, not expressing a racist intent in his heart.

    Paris, KY

    January 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  303. SpringWolf

    If Michael Steele thinks Sen. Reid should step down, then perhaps he should as well for his racial slur against Native Americans. He says his "honest injun" comment wasn't intended as a racial statement, but it was just as insensitive and demeaning to my people as what he is claiming Sen. Reid said. Where is the call for his resignation? Why aren't other Americans just as upset with him as he claims they should be with Reid? It's okay to insult Native Americans, but not African Americans? Hmm...can we say double standard? Or is it more Political Posturing to take the focus of the real issues that are important to ALL Americans? My guess is.... BOTH.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  304. Betty Krambs

    This is the most ridiculous way of spending prime time on CNN...Harry Reid made his apology but why? For speaking the truth? I voted for Obama....HE IS light skinned and he does speak in an educated way, and I admire him tremendously. HOWEVER, his skin color and speech is not the reason I voted for him. I voted to have this country come back to where it once was...honored and respected. I would like for the news to keep me abreast of what is happening in the congress and senate that would make this country honored again. This petty squabbling has got to stop....They are supposedly representing the people, but spend so much time electioneering that the country and its people are being sorely neglected. .

    January 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  305. SpringWolf

    If Michael Steele thinks Sen. Reid should step down, then perhaps he should as well for his racial slur against Native Americans. He says his "honest injun" comment wasn't intended as a racial statement, but it was just as insensitive and demeaning to my people as what he is claiming Sen. Reid said. Where is the call for his resignation? Why aren't other Americans just as upset with him as he claims they should be with Reid? It's okay to insult Native Americans, but not African Americans? Hmm...can we say double standard? Or is it more Political Posturing to take the focus off the real issues that are important to ALL Americans? My guess is.... BOTH.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  306. Stacy

    I Supported President Obama from the start, But sadly I agree with Sen. Reid's comments. However, I feel that he should be questioned to step down, due to his platform as Sen. Maj. leader; no one at his level should be so careless.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  307. jm89052

    Well he's not the first to say something really stupid, he won't be last. But to lose his leadership position over something like that I don't think so. Regan when President made many jokes about Pol's and Itallian americans he didn't leave office. The president forgave him, now let's take his lead.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  308. njere

    He should not apologize to Obama but the African-American community! The characteristics described should not be considered uncommon or uncharacteristic of African-Americans. What an insult!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  309. Nola Chavez

    Harry Reid should not resign. He merely stated what was - and still is - very true. African Americans know what he stated is true and have accepted his apology. Actions speak louder than words and he has shown he is not, in fact, a racist - unlike Trent Lott. I'm sick of the media spinning out of control on these types of issues when so many more important issues are pending.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  310. Jessica

    I was seriously disturbed to hear Sen Reid's comments; however, given that the person about whom the comments were directed has publicly forgiven him, what right do I have to hold a grudge?

    I believe in Sen Reid's long time contributions to this country and especially to efforts such as environmental sustainability.

    Nevada and the Democratic party needs to keep such strong leadership in office.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  311. marc tyson

    I think Senator Reid shouldn't have to step down I understand what he was trying to say. It's no different then how his pale appearance helped him as a candidate as well as his speaking pattern “with no hillbilly or redneck dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Racial Comments like the ones we keep hearing from whites over and over again and again year after year is something they can't help it's in their bloodline, you just expect it from them.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  312. Rocky O.

    It was very refreshing to hear the calm and the logic behind prof. Marc Lamont Hill. I commend him for masterfully turning Tony's questions upside down.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  313. Goofyros44

    Hey Tony, we all know this not the first time Sen Reid has put his foot in his mouth. He can't help himself! Here in Neveda I hear all of you load and clear. I do not think he has done his job here, I am not sure why Pres Obama feels differently. I have never seen Sen Reid except on TV. Are they all out of touch with reality? He is not going to be re-elected, so do not worry America. Hopefully this is the last of him and his comments!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  314. anthony

    As a black person, i agree that Harry Reids word choice was poor however his intent wasnt racist. He said what a lot of people were thinking. I have to include myself in that thought. I wanted a minority candidate with a chance to win not another fairy tale.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  315. Jerome

    As a person of mixed race the comments were very true. Being raised in a predominantly white neighborhood, I have seen the difference in the way that white people view me (very light skinned) as opposed to a man of darker color.

    Michael Steele for all his worth should have capitalized on this faux pas in the context of race relations, not political gain for his party. Yet another politician that puts politics above all else.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  316. frankie

    Your guest Mark just said it exactly like it is. People talk like this. Getting rid of all traces of racism and reverse-racism etc. is a work in progress in the USA. President Obama didn't fire his grandmother and he doesn't want to fire Harry Reid. The people who wrote that book, I sure question their motives. I question the motives of Republicans playing the racial-prejudice card or whatever you want to call it. I kind of thought it was cute during the campaign that President Obama slipped into a little bit of vernacular with some black audiences. When I go back down home, I talk more like a cracker than I do here in the city. (And I grew up in the city and later moved down home and then back to the city, go figure.) We are just human beings.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  317. Margaret O'Connor

    People let us not get distructed by the GOPs we have major issues which have to be taken care affecting the country. Let us move on and work hard to put this country back to regain the economy. The GOPs are like elementary school kids who fight for nothing. Therefore Sen. Ried should not resign. The GOPs would like to distruct us from working together.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  318. Pierre

    I have been told all my life that I don't sound black (or negro), and now we as a country are astonished that Sen. Reid made this comment. Do you really think Pres. Obama didn't know that people felt this way? This whole issue is laughable! Can we please focus on whats important?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  319. Pat Powlis

    Tony, come on – Harry Reid did not say anything that the average American or Black person isn't thinking . Well spoken blacks may be excepted if that is what the powers that be – are looking for. Light skinned blacks make whites more comfortable because their skin color is less intimidating to them ,therefore are more acceptable than dark skinned blacks. This is the American way and if you don't understand that and learn to work it – the blacks will continue to live in denial and get their feelings hurt. I am an average Black American women, worked in Corp America and saw this time and time again.

    I encourage the President to continue to do the best he can and ignore what is said about him.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  320. Morgan Genelly

    WAKE UP PEOPLE. After studying the history of race relations in the US and in many countries abroad for a bachelor's degree and then doing masters studies of the same topic, I am able to take Reid's comments for exactly what they are: THE TRUTH. He definitely should have made better word choices... after all, the vast majority of people in the US are ignorant and unaware and are unable to read between the lines.

    If Barack Obama were campaigning for the presidency while using stereotypical (however wrong it is) black vernacular and happened to have darker skin, do you really think he would have been elected?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  321. Dan


    Senator Harry Reid's comments about our President are completely out of step with the current world. There are still too many backroom meetings of all white participants in which inappropriate comments are made. Were the comments intended to define a man with features and an education that are similar to a Caucasian which would make him electable? Do the comments reflect that an African American of a darker colored skin with a distinct regional accent or voice such as Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton are not qualified to be elected? Are we to define our future presidents by their physical characteristics? What would be Senator Reid's comments be about a Republican competitor for the Office of President? Is Colin Powell or Condalisa Rice too dark or light skinned (but well spoken and educated) to be qualified for the office? It is the qualities of the man or woman that defines their character.

    Senator Reid's comments to be totally unacceptable for today's society. Should he be removed as Majority Leader of the Senate?No? This action is a continuation of the continued battling between the two parties that is not productive. Senator Reid should make a public statement to the American public of his intent in the comments and the incorrect attitudes that these statements reflect.

    I am a white, moderate Republican, from the Deep South and these comments and attitudes are wrong.


    January 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  322. Jerome

    Well since the GOP is so concerned about racism, why are they not talking to there own people are so clearly prejudice against Muslims?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  323. Kathy

    How can we have a serious dialogue about race when a politician, who is the head of his party, not state the obvious? Of course President Obama's skin and manner of speaking had an impact on the election, to think otherwise would be foolish.

    The reality is that blacks are still not treated equally when they do not fit the country's idea of what is acceptable.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  324. Anita Oklahoma

    Tony, Tony,Tony!!!
    I am surprised at you. You know that what Mark just said is true....and it is what a LOT of people thought–black and white. When a candidate is being evaluated, all considerations are discussed. We have gotten to the point where no one is comfortable making any comment about race, even to state the obvious. This was not said in degradation, it was said in evaluation. Why doesn't the news media report the entire context of the statement?
    Anita in Oklahoma

    January 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  325. Sue Germain

    I am a Democratic white woman, married to a wonderful Black Hispanic man. Harry Reid should step down. This is not the only derogatory comment Mr. Reid has made. Remember the comment he made about stinky tourist visiting the Capital. I don't know what planet he is living on but he needs to go back there. I can't stand Harry Reid and I sent him an email and told him so. I also told him if I lived in Nevada I would not vote for me if he were running for Dog Catcher. Mr. Reid is an example of the "good ole boy politicians" and that type of politician SHOULD be gone, but apparently they are not because I still see it with the Republicans and now with Harry Reid.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  326. Sylvia Robertson

    I am totally amazed at the uproar. I am a black female and not a Clarence Thomas kind of person. What Senator Reid
    said was true. I don' t see anything wrong with the comment.
    Blacks become offended at the wrong things and the newspeople
    fan the flames for their own purposes.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  327. John King

    Racism, as generally defined by the right is a belief that one race is inherently superior to another. Based on this theory, they (the right) have defended remarks as offensive, narrow minded or stupid; but not racist. Just journey back to the remarks of Don Imus and the support he received by many prominent right-wing conservatives. As a black male over sixty, I am offended by Reid’s remarks. However, I am more offended by the political position taken by republican and others pretending that they are outraged by Reid’s remarks. There is no question that Trent Lott’s comments supported a racist view and position. What Reid said was arrogant and stupid.
    The Republican Party wants me to believe that they are fighting this battle on my behalf. Guess what, we are not stupid.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  328. Synetha Northcutt

    I am an African-American woman and I do not think that Sentor Reid said anything wrong. He was clearly stating the truth about American society. In American it seems that if an African American can walk, talk, portray the themselves like the Majority and not the minorty groups of American society, then and only then will they be accepted in America.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  329. Rico

    CNN is also guilty. Why is it that when an African American speaks well, he is considered "articulate" for his race. But when a Caucasian speaks well, it is considered standard. A Caucasian that is very well spoken is then considered a "Great Communicator" across all races. All of the media including CNN is guilty of sterotyping this way. Obama is a "Great Communicator" across all races.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  330. Robert B. Elliott

    Oh, C'mon, Tony. Get serious. Everyone knows that Reid's record proves that he is no racist. In context, his comments were no in the least out of line. You aren't stupid, are you? Stop trying to make hay out of crabgrass.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  331. Ruth Jones

    I support Sentor Reid for his long standing record on civil rights. Skin color has a long standing history. His remark of is not offensive hopefully we will begin an honest conservation on skin color and its effect on how African Americans are judged based on the color of their skin. We discuss weight, beauty, hair color (blonds have more fun) and how we are judged based on our appearance now let's talk about skin color.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  332. Greg Overand

    This is ridiculous. The essence of what Senator Reid was saying is that we, as a nation, may still too racist to elect a dark skinned black man who speaks with a street dialect but that we have at least evolved far enough as a society to elect an eloquent, lighter skinned black man. And he was probably right. To compare this with Trent Lott's suggestion that we would be better off if we had elected a segregationist to the presidency is absurd.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  333. Carolyn Essex

    To those of us who work closely with Harry Reid as citizens and constituents and know him to be a extremely hardworking Senior, we are not offended by his remarks. Personally as an African American and one that got on board quite early with the Obama Campaign in Nevada, I heard African-Americans say the same thing. This is a stupid cultural, generational issue and quite frankly because we all wanted Barack Obama to be the President of the United States...after the nomination we held several unity events and got over our differences in time to support Barack Obama in the general election. I know, I was there, up close and personal to the entire situation. At times it was ugly and other times it was simply beautiful... that's life. Build a bridge and get over it. Harry Reid's actions have proven the opposite of his ill placed words on that occasion.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  334. noreen

    President Obama was not president when the remark was made. What about the republican that called the President of the United States a lier, was anything done about that. Some americans don't even have the respect to give the president his proper title. They call him Mr. Obama. That is plain ignorant. These ppl use the word democracy but don't know what it means. To them the word means it is democracy if it goes my way. This is going way too far and i feel cnn is the one pushing it into something more as usual. President Obama has already forgivin Harry Reid so why not let it go. No matter what the president does some of the people will try to lower him. By the way i never heard anyone refer to President Bush as Mr.That in itself tells me that resist are still all around and it will never stop as long as the media feeds on it for ratings.

    Noreen from Canada

    January 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  335. Jacquelin

    Again the truth prevailed. President Obama was only elected because of his bi-racial, light complexion, and African/white birth.

    Therefore, Senator Reid is correct to education Black Americans that Black Americans will not be elected to the highest office because of skin pigmentation.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  336. Fran in Las Vegas

    Anyone who has followed Sen. Reid knows he is not racist and has a BIG heart. Sure, he's guilty of a poor choice of words. He acknowledged that and apologized almost before anyone knew he had said them. The news media does not need to make a mountain out of this molehill.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  337. Margaret

    Well, how about that? The Republicans coming to the defense of
    our president! Since when did they give a hoot about him or indeed, our country?
    What Senator Reid said was simply a political reality and what many
    of us who happily voted for Mr. Obama only thought, in one way or another. Senator Reid voiced it. Our president is a strong and confident man and also a wise politician, who would be the first to understand political reality and never take offense.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  338. Ferdinand A Toval

    I am a 73 year old light skinned African American from New Orleans. I remember the days when a comment like the one made by Senator Reid would have been seen to be generous. Compared to some of the things I heard Lyndon Johnson, Strom Thurmond, Robert Byrd and others say about black people, America has progressed a lot farther than I thought I would ever see in my lifetime. Senator Reid was talking to people in his and my generation and was heard by people in this one. His heart is not malicious, I forgive him ( if there is anything to forgive) and I wish we can get back to the Health care reform issue and get serious.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  339. BroDave

    Why would CNN ask an education professor to comment on language instead of asking a linguist, and expert in language? Nobody achieves what Obama has achieved without the ability to shift linguistic register on demand, to use words and dialects to the speaker's benefit.

    Why can't we talk about dialect, race, and culture without getting bent out of shape?

    Interview linguists about language and dialect; interview education professors about education; interview doctors about medicine, etc.

    (retired field linguist)

    January 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  340. Gail

    Hi Tony:

    No he should not be removed, however, I think the Democratic Congressional Leadership need to slap him with the same action or they took against DeMint or some type of censorship because his statement is not okay. As an African American baby boomer that has lived through all the racist madness, I am appalled at what he said but appreciate the response from President Obama. As far as the Republicans remarks about racist statements........please spare me! This is just an attempt to create distraction. Michael Steele has made so many offensive statements that he should be asked to resign!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  341. Sandra Clark

    Let's all get a grip. Black folk have long held the notion that out there in the bastions of America's ivory towers, social and political networks, that "light is alright, yellow is mellow, if you're black get back, and of course white be the best "-or some version of that. Pres. Obama would still be Mr. Obama if his skin was darker and if his vernacular had a bit more urban African American flavor. It's the way it is. Like many African Americans I dip in and out of my relaxed lingo depending on the setting. Senator Reid's comments while true, would have been best left on the edit room floor. No, he should not resign.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  342. james brooks

    It is a very sensitive statement, but i as a black man am not offended. Reason being it is the truth...Pretaining to the word Nergo; I have always thought that people of the darker race were just that because of our geneology back to nemroid & ham in the bible...We as a race of people have been called negros, colored people , blacks, afro americans...I am old enough to remember when if a person( especially a white person) called me black there would be a fight...So lets us look at the person before we judge them and ask for a pound of flesh..

    January 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  343. Margaret

    Well, how about that? The Republicans coming to the defense of
    our president? As if they cared one hoot about the president or,
    indeed, our country!!

    What Senator Reid said was political reality and nothing different from
    what most of us who happily voted for Mr. Obama only thought. Mr.
    Reid voiced it. He's a politician and a good one and this has nothing
    to do with "race". Our president is a strong, self-confident man who
    is most certainly intelligent enough to understand, completely, that political reality. And we can bet he also considered such things before deciding to run.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  344. George

    If this were a Republican comment, I would say the same thing I am saying now. What's the big deal? Parties don't make a thing right or wrong, people like Steele, Limbaugh, and Demint make a thing right or wrong. Since when did a Republican give a good care about what was said about President Obama? When they start making a big deal about something like this, shenanigans are afoot!

    January 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  345. Ursula Bond

    Harry Reid's comment was insensitive. He apologized, and President
    Obama accepted his apology. Time to stop flogging this dead horse.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  346. Michael Williams

    I cannot count the number of times that I have had to apologize for some comment that was not as sensitive as I would hope to be. Everyone does so from time to time and Senator Reid is no exception. If we look at his record, rather than one off-the-cuff remark, the perspective is very different. He has led the Senate Democrats in passing some important and progressive legislation that is good for working people all across the US. As to Michael Steele, consider the source!

    January 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  347. Carole

    Come on. It's over. This is all nonsense as usual to beat back the real issues by the Republican Conservatives. I might ad that the media loves fueling the fire as well.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  348. Fred

    I believe what Mr. Reid said was true but it does show that the government (and economy) is run by a bunch of out of touch old white men that 1. Don’t want to lose their grip on power and 2. Don’t want anyone to get any of their wealth. With only ONE US Senator of color how can anyone be surprised of this type of comment? This country has lost its sense of compassion and decency. And We The People can only continue to try and scrap by and hope we will get a break. That one percent that controls all the wealth just sits by and watch as we fight with each other over these ridiculous statements. Until we understand that we need to become more aligned with what is important to us -The People – and stop aligning ourselves to a political party (or Tea Party) and start looking at what is important in our lives we are just continuing this ridiculous conversation. BTW I am a Black Male, veteran, registered Democrat but have NEVER voted a strict party line as I don't care what party you are in if you don't share my concern for what needs to be done in this country!

    January 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  349. Herbert Smiling

    I am a 56 year old black man, Sen Harry Reid spoke what was on his mind and he apologized. we all say things sometime that we regret look at his record. and see what he has done. i can forgive him you will not find a perferct man on earth.but it should not be tolerated President Obama is doing a great job in office light skin do not have anything to do with that.
    Herbert Smiling

    January 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  350. Julie Kasperson

    I think Sen. Reid made his apology and we should all move on now. We have many more pressing issues in this country to worry about and concentrate on and not this nonsense! Let's get over ourselves and get on with the business of fixing this country.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  351. Ursula.S

    Senator Reid is guilty of making a statement that was heard over and over again during the election of 2008. His generation used the word "Negro" to be polite. Unfortunately, Reid has not kept up with the political correct words.
    His voting record upholds civil rights and his actions speak louder than his outdated words.
    Nevadans should be very afraid of the current roundup of candidates the GOP is offering: Tea Party panders and corporate lackeys.
    My vote is still with Harry Reid, a Senator I do not always agree with.
    I am more offended by the words of Bill Clinton in this book.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  352. Rita Pollock

    Harry Reid's comments were inept in how he said it. However, the comment that a light skinned candidate may be more favoured than a dark candidate is unfortunately, a reality.

    This does not just apply to people of African origin but other ethnic groups as well. It also isn't just in context of Americans. I read a scientific study some years ago which found that countries all over the world had this phenomena. There is a tendency everywhere to favour lighter skinned people.

    It is only one of many prejudices by people world wide. Women are forever discriminated against because they are women, the tone of their voice, etc. etc.

    It's time, I think, to stop reporting on every Republican criticism which tends to be inflammatory and divisive, at a time when you need to stick together to solve real problems.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  353. Mike

    I'm confussed on what is politically correct now in refering to ones cultural background. As an Anglo Saxon Protestant, I am refered to as Mister or Sir usually.

    In todays fast paced world I think I have missed hearing what my fellow American friends of color are prefering to be labled these days other than "An American" like myself!

    If i remember correctly, our President has one parent of African descent as well as an Anglo Saxon mother. So,,, I would think that he also, even sharing multiple blood lines, would prefer the American label as well.

    The "American" lable it seems is a fast dissappearing brand, both culturally speaking as well as in our manufacturing sectors. I'd like to see more of it and as far as the other,, get the chip off of your shoulders and be proud to be an American regardless of ethnic backgroud or religous principles! We are all blessed to be able to call ourselves simply, Americans!

    January 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  354. Ed Guerrero, Cinema Studies, Africana Studies, NYU

    Hi Tony,

    The response of the Republicans, headed by Chairman Steel's denunciations, smacks of sheer racial hypocrisy. Just before the election, I and other African American and African professors at NYU came to exactly Senator Reed's conclusions, over collegial dinner. In recognition of the same political realities, I suggested that Obama stay out of the sun until after election day, quite simply because any solar darkening of his skin would lose him critical, tipping point votes. Should Sen. Harry Reed resign? Absolutely not. All he did was frankly speak the political truth in a nation and culture that, still belatedly and sadly, judges one's human, social and political value based on the color of one's skin.

    Ed Guerrero, Associate Professor
    Cinema Studies/Africana Studies, NYU

    January 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  355. Vicki LoSasso

    While I'm not always happy with all of Senator Reid's (or any other politician's, for that matter) positions or statements, I realize what an effective politician he is and how important he is to my state and my country. The comments were an observation of the realities of our racist society. While insensitive, they came nowhere near the kind of racist things said about Obama by his opponents. He acknowledged that it would have been better if he hadn't said what he did and apologized to the President, who accepted that apology. That and the fact that this is an isolated incident–that Senator Reid is not in the habit of making racist statements is at the heart of this–it is not racism but his power that makes this an issue–he is effective, and those who would like to see the country go in a different direction are using this to try to strip him of his power. We need to see this politically motivated attack on Senator Reid for what it is.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  356. Anthony

    Much a do about nothing. Everyone needs to take a deep breathe, particularly Michael Steele, an articulate, dark skin black man who likes attention, but needs to realize that he was elected as the RNCC to be seen and not heard. Harry Reid should have used different words to say what everyone else has said or thought regarding Barrack Obama. The republican's trying draw a parallel between Reid's comments and Trent Lot"s comment s need to realize that what Trent lot said, in effect, " segregation was a good thing and if was in place today we would not be having all of these problems."

    On another note!
    Atlanta just got it's first, dark skin, African American Mayor who's very articulate. As a dark skin black man living in the City of Atlanta, I did not really think about this until the Harry Reid quotes. This has not really been discussed much in my circles and I sure no one has thought much about it until now. This represents hope for the dark skinned black man.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  357. C Derrick Marsh

    Senator Reid's passed comment about President Obama and his apology is accepted by both the President and I think most African American.

    So I think the Republicans are trying to make a mole hill into a mountain to divide the supportors of the President, policies.

    I think Senator Reid was simple conveying a fact of the United States culture and not his personal taste or opinion.

    "Actions speaks louder than words" lets us look at all Senator Reid's support for the President's policies and legislations in the The US Senate.

    Come on America, we are not dumb, we are the world leader. Lets keep the positive momentum going

    January 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  358. Stacie in Colorado

    This is very obviously a "Progressive" site – as CNN is a Liberal Network. How can one justify a Double Standard? If a Conservative said this they would be Fired!

    The comments supporting Sen. Reid are hypocritical. Typical!

    January 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  359. Ron Hibble

    Leave Senator Reid alone. You would think the Republicans would have more time to do their job instead of displaying this rhetoric about the senator from Nevada.

    Ron Hibble
    Pioche, (PEE-OOSH) Nevada

    January 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  360. Jo

    This back and forth argument about Senator Reid's comment sounds too much like elementary or junior high school kids arguing about trivial things. Why don't we discuss important things about our nation.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  361. Sylvia Mason

    I am African Amerrican who lives in Las Vegas. Senator Reid is my senator and will continue to be. I do believe some republica politicans under estimate our ability to comprehend nonsense rhetoric. Democrats in Nevada.....stand by Senator Reid.
    Case closed!!

    January 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  362. Susan

    Senator Reid is a decent human being and a good politician who made a mistake and apologized. I'm sure he learned something, and so did many Americans. With our first black president obviously there is going to be a learning curve for some.

    The people who are using this as a political football ought to be ashamed of themselves. It's predictable and intelligent Americans see through it.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  363. Oscar Baker

    Michael Steele states that " If Rich McConnell had made the same statement the Democrats would have called for his resignation". Rich McConnell would not have praised Obama. If everyone with good intentions, that make a slip of the tongue, were to step down, there would not be anyone left to govern.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  364. Izk

    CNN should quit repeating of the news every second, they are beginning to sound like foxnews

    January 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  365. Growl Girl

    I think the Republicans criticizing Harry Reid for comments that were supposedly private, have no justification and is totally hypocritical.
    Any newscast of the Teaparty groups show signs that are highly offensive and completely racist and who stands and speaks at these gatherings, Republican Senators and Congressmen. They are the racist party. Harry Reid is a tough negotiator, highly effective and that is the real reason they want him to resign.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  366. Robert

    Whats good for Republicans ought to be good for lily liberals! What a double standard, call the race card when convienent! Truely sad! I voted Democrat last election but after I have seen all the hypocracy unfold in the Democratic party I will never vote Democrat again!

    January 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  367. Mary Alice Wilson


    Having spent over a decade teaching at predominately Black colleges (i.e. students Black, teachers mostly white), I find this kerluffle sort of tragically amusing.
    Any Black person, esp. of the male variety, needs to be bi-lingual in Black English and White English (which, when I taught it back in the day, I called "IBM" English.) To succeed in the business world, which was the goal of many of my students, they had to master IBM English. But if they let that wipe out their home accent, they'd go home and be scorned as uppity and worse.
    And the skin thing; from slavery times to now, the lighter the skin the better. It's a sad thing but it's still true. We had some problems with foreign students....we had Nigerians and others who were coal black in skin tone and had never heard of the fact that that was a bad thing in Black folks' culture. They were beyond incensed, and i think changed some attitudes.
    So as an white Southern-born and raised woman in my 70's, I have to say that Reid spoke nothing but the truth. And shame on America – or specifically the GOP – that they want to try to hang him for it.
    I'd wager that every politician in D. C.has an intern or two scouring every word spoken by the opposition (the enemy?) to try to find not a
    "misspoken" phrase but one that will enrage some segment of the population to the advantage of said politician. I hate it.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  368. Christina

    As an african american woman (who speaks with no "negro" dialect, unless I want to), I take NO offense to what Reid said. He gave a discription of a man, which was published in a book. It's an observation unlike others you may read in a book. I think the republican party is just looking for an excuse to fuel more controversy.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  369. Robert

    Reid should be fired for that remark just the same as Lott did! Why since obamas been elected do we walk on egg shells afraid to say anything? I thought as a free country one was able to say whatever they wanted? Why does an Army officer kill so many of his comrades in the name of Allah and it wasnt called a terrorist attack? Why have all the transgretions against white people that CNN has reported not been classified as racial transgretions? Why did Obama automatically call the white cops stupid when it concerned a black professor? Why is CNN afraid to call out minorities and all the troubles they bring? I`ll tell you why, because we now have a black President in which I still say he`s half white as much as he is half black! The sooner liberals realize that Obama is as much white as he is black the better off this country will be!

    January 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  370. Mark Savage

    Harry Reid did nothing wrong! All of this is the fallout from the radical right, angry about health care reform and trying to discredit a fine Senator.
    Nevadans stand with him!

    January 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  371. Parthenia

    Regarding Sen. Harry Reid’s comments about then Sen. Obama and his chances for being elected President, I know he meant no harm or disrespect by it. His words spoken in private were published unfairly and without consideration of his frame of mind or intent by having such a conversation, and by someone who obviously wanted to stir up unnecessary controversy and smear someone who’s doing no harm.

    Everyone who is “light skinned” and black isn’t as attractive as Pres. Obama and everyone who speaks well doesn’t always have anything meaningful or of good consequence to say. Pres. Obama’s attractiveness and his ability to communicate his excellent ideas with diction you might find recorded for coursework in English elocution did contribute positively to his being elected President.

    Maybe we’ll someday elect an African-American President who is not light-skinned or considered particularly attractive and who speaks “Negro dialect” with every word of good will and wisdom he or she efficaciously communicates. However, today we have Pres. Obama to the same avail as with other past and future Presidents.

    Sen. Reid spoke the truth in a private manner and it’s been judged for everything bad that possibly could have been meant by it. He has apologized for it, and the President accepted his apology. Forget the controversy and let’s move on. Sen. Reid should not step down!

    January 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  372. Nanette Spector

    Actions speak louder than words! Being a Nevadan for over 40 years and knowing Harry Reid's record here in Nevada, he is no racist. He apologized to the President, it was accepted and that is enough.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  373. Rhondqa

    Every human being makes comments behind closed door and Senator Reid is no exception and he is also human. To err is to be human. Senator Reid is probably one of the more humane senators in the Senate today. I'm saddened to see how far down the Republican party as gone. Nothing but NO NO NO answers or negative comments. One Hundred percent NOs and negativity indicate a very serious problem for America and our Congress and we the people definitely do not need this type of leadership right now. Americans are hurting badly. Enough said.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  374. Connie Snyder

    Senator Reid said what everyone knows, but won't admit: Many of the older, white, (and even racist) voters, dissatisfied with the GOP, would find candidate Obama more palatable if he looked and sounded "more like them". We may not like it, but Reid's remarks were true of the electorate, if not politically correct and socially acceptable. These remarks do not reflect racism on his part, and those in the media that present it that way are engaging in yellow journalism. I suspect CNN received some kind of "partisan support" for making this mole hill into a mountain, while the important news and information is deemed over the viewer's heads or not salacious enough to feature. I guess in this day and age, Americans "just can't handle the truth". Thank God our President is a grown up and doesn't give this foolishness the time of day. You can bet the Tea Party crowd will. Shame on CNN...and thank you Senator Reid for honest representation in Washington.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  375. Ann

    My husband was a dark skinned African American. He would often comment that light skinned blacks fare better in America. It didn't make him happy, but after 79 years of living, it was what he had experienced. Look at your television and see for yourself. It's still true, but thank god we are seeing more diversity. Harry Reid was making a realistic pre election evaluation. (I think we forget what an amazing event it was that we elected our first Black President. A lot of people did not think it was possible) Is it because Harry Reid is white, that there is such an uproar? Racism swings both ways. I'll bet the fact that Obama is light skinned and speaks well was in every black person's mind, when he or she realized that Obama could actually go all the way. That's why Obama and the Black Caucus took Harry Reid's statement with a grain of salt, and so should we.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  376. Dave

    I'm a Democrat and I think he's gotta go. We got elected on the promise things would be different.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  377. Aaron J. Smalls, Esq.

    I'm not sure what the issue is with Reid's comment. The fact is that most middle or upper class Americans made similar comments related to Obama's presidency. However, the one thing that is never mentioned on CNN or any other news show discusses the fact that Obama is as White as he is Black. The fact that he is 50% of either race should not put him into a category based on his complexion. More specifically, being "Black" in America is more of a socio-economic mindset than it is a pure "race" issue. Obama doesn't talk "Negro" because he was not raised in the inner-city (read "lower socio-economic area of the country"). This fact is being clearly missed by CNN and all other media outlets and is a real disservice to your listeners.

    CNN should put out a piece on race that discusses the socio-economics of the issue and pull it away from Black v. White. How about a piece on all people being "American" and thriving for the American dream regardless of race.....followed by the fact that speaking "White" is really speaking "American". The negative stigma is what continues to drive the wedge between "White" and "Black".


    January 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  378. mky

    This is another excuse for the republicans to get out of doing anything meaningful for this country.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  379. frankie

    Dialgue (like this) is needed so much. All races have a great trouble taking the words of the other race at face value. It's not as often prejudice anymore, as we really need to learn to do this stuff better.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  380. Ursula.S

    A Republican WHACK JOB in Congress yelled "YOU LIE!" to President Obama and he still hasn't resigned over it. That's basically calling the President a liar. What's worse? Using an outdated term that is still being used in the 2010 US Census or being a rude asshat in public?

    January 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  381. Henrietta

    An apology from Senator Reid is enough! It's common knowledge how after 200 years Black people are still struggling for equality.

    Light skin African Americans alway were pick to work in the BIG HOUSE in the South during slavery. It's not talk about but it still exist in every phase of society.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  382. Ruth Rawlinson

    This is brought on by Media HYPE!!!! Sen Reid has worked for many years to help solve the racial problelms in this country..He will be reelected and that is why the GOP is running scared and making a big deal out of a statement that we all know was not made maliciously. I have known Sen. Reid for 40 years and he is one of the most fair minded compassionate men in congress. CNN and all the media need to grow-up and quite playing childrens games with the future of this great Nation.

    I also hope that all these people making comments are registered to vote and have been voting. It has been my experience that those that cry the loudest have done the least!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  383. C Pittman

    I just saw your segment with your panel about this issue. I note that CNN has no really dark skinned African American anchor and only T.J. Holmes even sounds like he is from the south! There is prejudice against southern accents for both blacks and whites. Would you even hire an anchor that speaks like Lindsay Graham? Would America ever vote for a President that spoke like Lindsay Graham?

    January 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  384. N. Bennett

    Sen. Reid's comments were reflective of his generation and where he's from. I don't believe any malice was intended, contrary to some of the comments made in the past by Trent Lott, Rush Limbaugh, and others. What's important here is that he now realizes the error of his ways, has apologized, and the President (the person whom the comments were about) has accepted. At this point, this–in my view–is a non-issue.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  385. John

    Don't you think it is unfair to comment on Reed's statement when you there is no concern about accents that are heard in every corner of the melting pot country.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  386. Homer Mooney

    Sen, Reid's comment on president Obama was disappointing, but we know it to be a true statement. Most white's have always seen light-skin Black's as more Intelligent than dark. Why? We believe some how they feel light-skin Black's have some white blood in them. They believe that 60% or more white blood dominates their Intelligent side. (remember the movie invitation of life) I don't believe Sen Reid's comment intended any harm toward blacks, just a poor choice of words. Like Don Imus, and many other elderly whites, they don't feel they've committed any harm, because that's the only language they've ever known. In America, that's the risk one takes when allowing elderly whites to speak publicly.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  387. Dan Geary

    I live in Nevada, and Harry Reid worked tirelessly to help elect the nation's first African-American President – hardly indicative of someone who is being deemed a "racist" by Republican political operatives. chalk this latest controversy up to an out of date word choice and breathless complaining by Republicans who have checked out completely on being part of governing the country.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  388. R Hansen

    If I hear the "Harry Reid" story one more time I'll be sick. He said nothing all the talking heads alluded to during the campaign, and the majority of society really thinks this way as well. Anyway, if the "offended" party accepts an apology for a wrong supposedly done to him or her, isn't it the end of the problem. That is the "Christian" interpretation and I am surprised that the religious right doesn't live by their own standards, (or am I).

    January 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  389. Betty Scully

    These remarks were covered by the press when originally made and there was no big uproar. Why now? "Politics as usual." After the apology, why not take the high road and just drop it?

    January 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  390. R Hansen

    I see this as news media that has nothing to report. This story will be dead in a day and the media is no doubt already scratching around for a new and more juicy scandal to exploit tomorrow.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  391. Adrian Havas

    This furor over Sen. Reid's quote has become overly politicized, and is distracting the country from real work – on the economy, on health care, on security – that needs to be done, and quickly.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  392. John C.

    I'm sick of this PC. Even the word "negro" is supposed to be an insult. Doesn't anyone know it's equal to Asian, Caucasian, etc?
    EVERYBODY has races they dislike on sight. It's natural. It's called zenophobia, a result of self preservation instinct. The point is not to DO anything that harms another human being, no matter what race.

    I won't live with some races. And they ain't black!

    January 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  393. Tamara Brown

    I support Harry Reid 100%. He is a good man, who has done some wonderful things for Nevada, which happens to be where I live. I don't care what he said, and if the President has said as far as he is concerned it's closed, then who are we to judge. Leave it alone already!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  394. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow do Hernandez (WWII)

    It seems that in today United States apologies are not enough. It seems that bringing a book is more important than anything else. The “light-skinned” appearance would help him as a candidate, as would his speaking pattern” but the romance is out. Journalists are proposing to bring the topic upfront but they do not want to expose the idea of discussion. Many feel that justice has not taken place. What does the Media wants? Clearly the Republicans want to make a big deal of something that they do not want to address.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm |

    NO; Harry Reid should not resign.

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. In my opinion his comments were not "racist," his comments were from a REALITY viewpoint, and right on the mark. Does that make me a racist. Absolutely not.

    His comments were not mean spirited, nor ugly.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  396. tom peacock

    Senator Reid is spearheading one of the most important bills ever for healthcare. More miltary personnel died to day. Wall Street that brought us and the world to our knees is back to business as usual. And all the news outlets and right wing idiots can discuss are remarks that have been said and apologized for.Nevada will re elect this great senator inspite of this distraction.

    January 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  397. Barbara Louise Jean

    Please keep in mind what Harry Reid was doing when he made those off-hand comments about Barack Obama.
    He was working on the campaign to get him elected President. I've noticed often that actions are louder than words.

    January 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  398. P.J. Colon

    Negro is a race. What is wrong to say Negro? Black is not a race, but a color in English. Negro means black in Spanish; there is no other way to call someone of the Negro race but NEGRO. I, as millions of other Hispanics, get upset when we are calling LATINOS. There is no such thing as Latinos in the Americas, was a political distinction from Elizabeth I, to make different between protestant countries and Catholic ones in the Americas. So, as I hear someone referring to me as Latino I let it in he/her in the ignorance. Why no one is offended to be called White, it’s the color of a race, but also the distinctive of the race, while the Negroes distinction is the word color Black. Semantics create the problem. There are white Hispanics, but still called Hispanics, same is there are black or mix, still called Hispanics. If blacks in USA, still sensitive to be call Negroes, only reflect ignorance and lack of education and self conscious racist. For me there are not African American people, at least the person has borne in Africa and came to be naturalized US citizen. The rest of the Negroes borne in USA, are Black Americans, no lest in nothing from White American. Senator Reid was ok in what he said, and his mistake is to apologize to hypocrites politicians for NOTHING.

    January 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  399. Rob Dee

    Let's Senator Reid makes derogatory comments about the president and then issues an apology AFTER he gets caught and all is well? Whoa, Trent Lot got booted for stuff like this. Oh, that's right it's amongst the Democratic ranks and so that makes it different and all is well on the home front.................... Harry Reid, talks about light skin (not too bad), BUT then he went on about the "....light-skinned African American with no negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one......". That's where Reid went wrong....... Boot him out!! He's a racist at heart! Can't belive that Obama accepted his weak apology (again note) AFTER he got caught.

    January 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  400. Launce Rake

    Re: Senator Reid's quotes – Silly and clumsy? Yes. Equivalent to wishing that segregation were still the law? Hardly.
    I don't know a white person who hasn't said something stupid that reflects their heritage of white privilege. We should be aware of that and work to do better. That doesn't make the CURRENT Senate Majority Leader equivalent to the FORMER Majority Leader pining for Jim Crow.
    Not the same, peeps.

    January 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  401. Evelyn Gajowski

    Senator Harry Reid has my unqualified support.

    January 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  402. Melanie Robbins

    Sen. Reid's comments were not racist in the least. The GOP furor over this is typical tempest in a teapot and business as usual.

    January 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  403. Kettle2

    Harry Reid, came immediately out and appoligized for his wording, the President accepted that why should'nt the rest of us...the Media Place up RACE so much....they should do more to
    back their President and Country...instead of causing trouble, help solve the countries problems.

    January 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  404. B Peck

    I live in Nevada and saw how hard Sen. Reid worked to get President Obama elected. He made a comment that reflects the time in which he grew up. Harry Reid may have the gift of sticking his foot in his mouth but he is not a racist.

    January 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  405. Eva Guo

    Senator Reid apologized for the poor choice of words, and he clearly is not in the same racist league as Strom Thurman. He has served this country and Nevada well as Majority Leader.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  406. Steven J Horner

    As much as I agree that what Sen Reid said was insensitive, it doesn't near reach the level of Sen. Lott's comments about the Dixiecrats and how our nation would be better off if a segrgationist had actually won the White House. Imagin still fighting for the right to be a full citizen in the worlds greatest country.
    Harry Reid is not a racist because he was insensitve, but Lott is when he thinks people that are different from he and his white friends should be second class people.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  407. Margery Kay Behrens

    Senator Reid is fighting for healthcare, clean energy and jobs. The Black Caucus has forgiven him and I have too even though quite frankly since there is still a United Negro College Fund I find it a little ridiculous that there would be this much attention to that kind of statement to begin with. I might add that I am sick and tired of the so called "news" offering up distractions in the way of exploitive entertainment AS news. How about we have this kind of poll about the Public Option. Now THAT would be REAL news.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  408. John Cahill

    President Obama said Reid has a good heart and a positive record. The book is closed. Can we all not be as forgiving?

    January 12, 2010 at 12:04 am |
  409. Scott Stodden

    I believe Senator Harry Reid's statement was taken out of context, he is in no way a racist or makes a habit of using racial slurs or comments. I do agree that he should apologize for what he said even though I probably wouldn't have if I had the same thing because what Senator Reid said is nothing but the truth. President Obama doesen't speak or act like your regular black people and that's what would help him win the election, he doesn't dress, walk, talk, or do nothing like normal black people do in this country and that's the truth. Stop trying to tear Senator Reid apart for not using the right words to say he is a good man a good Senator and I urge the state of Nevada to keep Senator Reid in the Senate us Democrats need him and Speaker Pelosi to lead the House and Senate.

    Scott Stodden

    January 12, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  410. James A. Ruffner

    The discussion relating to the "black" accent and grammar and President Obama was very accurate, from a linguistic point of view. Sen. Reid was accurate also. On a personal note, my father's family is from east Tennessee, in a community that was Swiss-German in origin, but after the Civil War, since they were Union simpathizers, became very isolated, and developed a quite distinct accent. My father moved to DC during WW-II and worked in the government. To get ahead he knew that he must discard his accent and learn proper grammar if he were not to be thought of as a hillbilly and be able to advance his career. He always carried his English Grammar textbook, frequently reviewing his writings for correctness. What makes it different for my father, who is white, and a black person who wishes to advance him/her self?

    January 12, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  411. Alan Belisle

    It amazes me the that the Repubs have actually had the audacity to call out the Dems on this. Who was it who was singing "Barack the magic negro" during the campaign?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  412. ronnie patrick

    I think what Harry Reid said is blown way out ot content. If you want to talk about bad taste you need to talk about Fox News. Those guys on Fox news are the ones that need a close look at. Somebody particularly the Black Race need to take to the airways, streets, Washington and any place else to have the staton tone its foolish down even cut it out completely. Fox News have gone to far with hating blacks and the President in particular. It is a waste I think to continue to fry Reid when Fox News need a look at and it should be done now. I think we need to move on with this foolish with Reid and focus on the real deal jobs, lost of homes, big pay outs for the fat cats, Health Care for all, two wars and the list goes on and on. Reid is a small piece of the puzzle for Fox News is the big piece of the puzzle. Nothing compares to what Fox News is doing to the Black Race.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  413. John Babitskas

    Move On please. CNN is beginning to sound like a Republican shill.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  414. mervia dotson

    Shame on you America, can't you see what is happening? This comment thing is nothing but a ploy by those jokers in the senate to divert attention from the real issues (Healthcare). Now we have half the country crying (resign) ,and the other half crying to (Stay). Don't we have enough problems today, than for the senate to go into the past and dig up old issues that has nothing to do with them doing their jobs today? What about it senators, and congresspeople is your job difging up old issues or it it today of healthcare reform. Maybe we should be reforming the legislative government instead of healthcare. Then maybe we could get something done.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  415. Tarrie Wagner

    Senator Reid's comments are of no importance. Politicians need to stop pointing fingers and arguing over he said/she said and start concentrating on REAL issues that will make a difference in our country. It's time they all GREW up and quit acting like children. Maybe a major time out for all of them is needed. Without pay.

    January 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  416. MRAL

    Senator Reids Comment was Racial just like the Conservatives run their party. Senator Reid should lose his position there is no place in American politics for racist comments made. In 2009 Ive never seen more racist attitudes as in this past year. Ive watched conservatives delay the health care bill, Ive watched the wealthy and corperate America get bail out after bail out while Americans lose jobs, homes and ways to feed their families. Ive watched ssi recipants lose their raise as pitiful as it is, and Medicare is not any better.This has affected many who live on a fixed income myself included. But I'm sure Lawmakers will not forget themselves. I

    January 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  417. MRAL

    Senator Reids comments were Racial, he should be striped of his position even though Mr. Obama accepted his apology. In 2009 Ive watched Conservatives fight just to fight no matter what the issue was. Health turned into a RACIAL BATTLE rather than a Health Care issue.I just wonder is 2010 going to be more of the same? It seems the lower classes have been left behind or out of the picture. Are Conservative lawmakers going come up with same crap as last year?

    January 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  418. Angie

    Reid's Statement pointing out that Obama was a winning candidate who could get both White and Black votes.
    Mississippi Republican Senator Trent Lott's Statement, in praising a retiring Senator known Segregation Activist, Trent claimed that if the Federal Government followed, "Our Lead" both the known Segregation Activist and Trent's.
    But just what was Trent's lead? Trent has always been for Segregation in Mississippi and has made statements of the burden of Civil Rights.
    Republicans also claim Democrats pushed Trent out because of his statement, when it is well documented that Republicans themselves pushed him out because they were afraid of the back lash.
    What does Reid statement mean to me?
    The question should be: What do Republican's statements regarding Reid's Statement me to me?
    Republican's statements are nothing more than a Smoke Screene to continue with their ANTI-Obama campaign while Republican's IN SIGHT A RIOT!!!

    January 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  419. rose ann mahnke

    CNN get off it. I am so sick of listening to cnn for days on the Harry Reid. IT was not a good thing to say but it was a true feeling of many. I will shut you off if you can not come up with real news. Of all people Reid is not racist.

    January 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  420. Ted Lewis

    Hey CNN. This is getting pretty silly already. Senator Reid, who I think is a lousy spokesman for the party, has a long record that speaks for itself. Most of the African American talking heads are dismissing this as no big deal. The only ones still making noises about it are the Republicants. I wonder why. Duuuuhhhh! Isn' t the aforementioned party, led by Rush Limbaugh, just trying to advance their own agenda? Again I say, "DuH!"

    January 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  421. Margaret O'Connor

    I agree with you that we have major problems facing all the people in the country and the GOP are holding this stupid issue instead of working together and solve the problems of jobs etc afecting the country. Get over it GOPs, if they do not have anything to help the country with, they should go to Alaska and fish or kill mouse.

    January 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  422. Margaret O'Connor

    The President accepted the apology that it is good enough. Please let us move on and work to solve the problems currently affecting the country.

    January 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  423. gloria lewis

    I think the president should take this once in a limetime chance to address the race problem .I am an island native who reside to the usa in 1987 .My first taste of racisium was in 1990 when i got my first job .I was so overwhelm and distraught by this i broke out in hives my nerves were shot .I am black but i never knew what racisium was until i moved to the usa .I have been here now 23 years and i still cry so much over the struggel that still exist right now in the work place .
    I hope the president quit hiding and come out and lead this conversation .I am so scared for my 20 year old son to work in this country for fear of the racisium and the battel he will have to endure .I do not fear death but i fear for what my son has to endure as a black man .I am 46 years old i cant cant deal with the unfair treatment and racisium .I will do anything in my power to prevent my son from being treated the way i was .Including support him as long as i have to to prevent him from being treated so unfairly .

    January 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  424. sifto77

    I am sick of liberals talking about race all the time–its as though they want to keep blacks down by reminding them every day about "white superiority"–you better believe Reid had racist thoughts–no republican even cares about this subject-most of us look at blacks and see nothing but another human being or American (not African-American) would ruin the liberal agenda if they could not use blacks as their football.......even Obama injected race into his speeches to keep the fires burning....geez.....this is a liberal problem–not conservative....

    January 13, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  425. sifto77

    Harry Reid's comments were NOT an insult to Obama–However, they WERE an insult to Americans who have worked hard to fight against prejudice and hate–the man is either stupid or needing sympathy from liberal blacks–he fanned the flames on purpose–he can't be that stupid and naive to think Americans would not be upset....politics as usual...MLK (conservative) must be turning over in his grave with the likes of Reid stirring the racial pot.....

    January 13, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  426. Carolyn Essex

    The reaction to Harry Reid's drudged up comments are real ... what is disturbing is the reaction by some modern day racists who are now attacking African-American Reid supporters with downright idiotic, stupid, juvenile behavior– that is being promoted by Rush Limbaugh...'s disheartning and disturbing. As an African-American who lives in Nevada and supports Harry Reid - I know him to be one of the most accessible politicians in the State.. His staff is stellar and indicative to who Senator Reid is.... they work very hard to keep our Senator accessible and in touch with his supporters. To those that don't like Senator Reid (D), then keep supporting Senator Ensign (R)... Harry is our Senator because Nevada wants him to be and all the negative ads and lies will not sway us because we know him and he knows us. WE SUPPORT HIM 100,000%!

    January 13, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  427. Margaret O'Connor

    We are We are going to stand by Sen Reid's side, because he has fought for us for many years and is still fighting for human justice.
    Those who think that we are going to turn our back on him their are who think that we are going to run away from him their WRONG.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  428. Margaret O'Connor

    The president is doing the right thing, by moving on with important things rather than talking about race. The fact that we put him in the office speaks volume of words. Even if the President talks about race when some people still have their own opinions about blacks and still want to go back to 16 centuries were blacks were slaves. Please let us move on and show those GOPs that we are totally behind the Sen. Reid. People are good at causing some distruction from important issues to little things.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  429. mervia dotson tyler tx.

    See what I mean America? Our lawmakers has gotten their wish, of disrtacting the country from the healthcare bill. The only thing on the news today is the earthquake in Hatai, and the racial comment crap. Congress is using this distraction to push that sorry excuse for a healthcare reform bill thru before the nation wakes up and find ourselves in a worse perdicament than we were before. When are we going to make the lawmakers accountable for the depletion of the social security trust fund that was set up to prevent this healthcare problem in the first place.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  430. eric NKELNZIEH

    Reids's comments were absolutely hideous and offensive. So, he means an afro-american who is dark skinned isn't qualified by his nature to be at the white house? i'm so shocked .Saying I'm sorry can't simply heal the wound he made, for his words portray what impressions he has about black people. Forget about all the so called actions he did for the black community,don't forget he's a politician! His acts and his words say one thing about him,insidious.
    Obama said he accepted the apology to avoid another race politics drama. I don't think Obama is in a position to accept the apology, Reid gravely offended not just the black community but the race as a whole.He praised Obama, but insulted a dark skinned man with an accent .

    January 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  431. Diane Bush

    No matter what either Reid or Obama say or do, they are both going to be attacked by the right . They are determined to demonize anyone not in their camp.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:06 am |
  432. Margaret O'Connor

    I totally agree with you that there is nothing that Sen. Reid or President will say that can be regarded as a positive thing. GOPs like to have things their own way like little kids in the play pan. For instance if Sarah Palin was on the Sen. Obama's group the GOPs were going to screem their lungs out that Sarah Palin was not qualified for the position. Since their wanted to energize their base they kept on saying she was more qualified than the Sen. Obama. The President has Masters Degree and Sarah Palin has High School Certificate and did not even know the difference North Korea and South Korea until she went through a 2 hours crash course.

    January 15, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  433. Lynne

    Reid was only saying what many people both White and Black already believe...he just had the balls to say it out loud. Should he have said it...maybe not..but this is America...we say what we want...I am a Black woman with green eyes and naturally blonde hair and very light skin...and I have been told many times that they way I look has helped me get where I am today...maybe so...maybe not...there are many Sen. Reid's in America and in my 62 years I have run across many of them.

    January 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  434. Lori

    If Obama accepted his apology, why is it an issue?
    As a Nevadan, I do feel politicians should not use words like "negro".
    Perhaps Reid needs a refresher course on phrases (antiquated or offensive) NOT to use!

    I am interested in what a politician does for their constituents. If Reid can Lead us to sufficient, not watered-down healthcare reform, that overrides any "fau-paus" he made. Many of us care more about what a politician DOES, not what they only say!

    January 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm |