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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by The President

"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."