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White House: Imus was right to apologize for comments

The White House said Tuesday Imus was right to apologize.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House is weighing in on the heated controversy surrounding radio-talk show host Don Imus, saying Tuesday that he was right to apologize for his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

But White House spokeswoman Dana Perino did not indicate whether President Bush thinks the popular radio host should step down.

"The president believes that the apology was the absolute right thing to do," Perino said. "And beyond that, I think that his employer is going to have to make a decision about any action that they take based on it."

Imus has come under fire for recently referring to the Rutgers players as "nappy-headed ho's."

Asked if she was offended personally as a woman, Perino said "I'm here to speak for the president. So you and I can talk later." A reporter responded to laughter, "You got out of that one."

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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