Gibbs: Obama Has Moved On After Reid Flap

Posted January 11, 2010 at 12:51pm

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Monday said President Barack Obama has accepted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s apology for his “very unfortunate choice of words— about Obama’s race and “has moved on— beyond the controversy. Gibbs rejected Republican comparisons of Reid’s comments about Obama being “light skinned— and lacking a “Negro dialect— to comments that led to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s (R-Miss.) ouster from his leadership post in 2002. “I don’t understand exactly how one draws the analogy to a former Majority Leader expressing his support for the defeat of Harry Truman in 1948 so that Strom Thurmond would be president, running on a states’ rights ticket,— Gibbs said. “I don’t see how that’s analogous to what Sen. Reid was saying.—Gibbs added that Obama “knows Sen. Reid, the type of values that he has, the agenda that he’s pushed in the U.S. Senate, and didn’t take offense.—