WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) - President Obama comes to Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's defense.
President Obama said, "There was nothing mean spirited in what he had to say. For him to have used some inartful language in trying to praise me and for people to try and make hay out of that makes absolutely no sense."
Republicans call the issue a judgement problem.
Reid said, " I have apologized to the President. I've apologized to everyone within the sound of my voice. I should have used a better choice of words."
Worse than words, some African-Americans said that they're true.
Georgetown University Michael Dyson said, "Lighter skin Blacks are treated to better privileges because they were closer in approximating White culture. They were more accepted and tolerated."
President Obama said the average person is more concerned on fixing health care and unemployment than focusing on two-year-old comments from Senator Reid.