Obama Apologizes for Calling Reporter 'Sweetie'

'I've been called worse,' says TV reporter
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 15, 2008 7:48 AM CDT
Workers wait in line to shake hands with Sen. Barack Obama Wednesday at the Chrysler Stamping Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has apologized to a reporter for an off-the-cuff term of endearment, reports the Detroit News. While the candidate was stumping in Detroit, the TV journalist called out a question, and he responded: "Hold on one second, sweetie.” He later left her a phone message, calling his remark “a bad habit” that meant “no disrespect.”

The reporter took it in stride, telling the News: "I've been called worse"—though she did grouse on her own report that "this sweetie never did get an answer."