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White House says Obama not offended by Reid remarks

WASHINGTON. - The White House says President Barack Obama was not offended by racial remarks that have brought Republican calls for the top Senate Democrat's resignation.
     
Harry Reid has apologized to the president and some other black political leaders after a new book reported he described Obama during the campaign as "light-skinned" and having "no Negro
dialect."
     
Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs today said the president "didn't take offense" to the remarks.
     
Republicans say the comments should cost Reid his post as Senate majority leader, in the same way Trent Lott's racial gaffes forced him out of the same role in 2002.
     
In 2002, some members of Lott's rank-and-file questioned his effectiveness, but no Democrats have called for Reid to step down, saying his comments were nothing like Lott's.

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