A White House official said that Majority Leader Harry Reid has called President Obama to apologize for comments describing his ability to speak in something other than a "Negro" dialect.

And President Obama just issued this statement:

"Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today.  I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart.  As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."