- n a native or inhabitant of Africa
- a of or relating to the nations of Africa or their peoples
- Joe Biden in The Guardian
At the start of the primary campaign Biden called him the "first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean".
- Bobby Rush in ABC News
With Obama's election to the presidency, Rush said, "Let me just remind you that there presently is no African-American in the US Senate."
- Harry Reid in Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Reid said in a statement: "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologise for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments."