Obama forgives Reid; In 2002, he demanded Lott’s ouster

by David Freddoso
Washington Examiner
1/9/10

Today, President Obama announced that he has forgiven Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for saying that Obama was an acceptable presidential candidate due to his light skin and lack of “negro dialect.”

The racially charged remark hearkens back to the Christmas break of 2002, when Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., was hounded out of his majority leader position after he remarked favorably on former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s 1948 run for president on a segregationist third-party line.

So one obvious question: what did Obama have to say about that incident after Lott apologized?

The National Republican Senatorial Committee did not waste a moment this weekend sending members of the press a clip of what then-State Senator Obama said at that time. It comes from the Chicago Defender, a left-leaning newspaper that has long chronicled that town’s racial politics. Obama’s statement on Lott, as recorded by The Defender

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