Shelby Apologizes?

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When I saw Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) leaning over the aisle as Obama entered the House chamber before the speech, my first thought was, Awkward. But when the President made his way over to Shelby, I’m pretty sure the Republican apologized for the whole we-don’t-know-if-he’s-an-American-and-a-legitimate-president thing. I’m hoping someone who is better at lip-reading than I am could make out what Shelby said. But I did see Obama’s response, which was to switch from his usual grip-and-grin, look seriously at Shelby while he patted the other man’s arm, and shake his head, saying “Don’t worry about it, man.”