White House Was Displeased With Mark Halperin, But Also Forgiving

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How has Team Obama reacted to Mark Halperin calling the president a "dick" for no reason this morning? Press Secretary Jay Carney "expressed" to MSNBC that the "comment that was made was inappropriate." But David Axelrod, while acknowledging that Halperin's remark "was obviously stupid and tasteless," was also understanding. "I’ve known him for decades. He’s a decent person and a good journalist. I’m sure that no one regrets this more than he does," the Obama strategist told the Plum Line. [TPM, Plum Line/WP]