Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had no need to apologize for racially-tinged remarks about President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday.

Mrs. Obama said the top Senate Democrat's past actions on race had spoken louder than his words, published in a new book, in which he praised the president as a candidate for light skin tone and lack of "Negro dialect."

"Harry Reid had no need to apologize to me, because I know Harry Reid," the first lady told a round-table of reporters, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times's Lynn Sweet. "And I measure people more so on what they do rather than the things that they say."

Reid was the subject of a minor firestorm since his remarks first came to light this past weekend. Some Republicans had called on him to step down as majority leader, though many others, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had declined to call for his resignation.

Still, Reid has been suffering some fallout from the remarks, with a new poll showing a further decline in his popularity with Nevadans ahead of his reelection effort this fall.

The first lady defended Reid, saying the remarks that were supported don't accurately reflect his character.

"I think each and every one of us around the table has probably said something in their lifetime that they regret or did not accurately reflect what they actually meant at the time and was taken out of context," she said.