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"Buckwheat" candidate says he has apologized to President Obama

The GOP congressional candidate who apparently called President Obama "Buckwheat," has apologized to both the president and residents of the congressional district for any misunderstanding.

The Herald reportsthat the long-shot candidate for Kendrick Meek's seat has had his hands full reading dozens of angry e-mails and Facebook messages that are pouring in.

Many are dripping with hate. "You're an Uncle Tom, you're an N-word,'' Corey Poitier said some of the e-mails say.

For now, Poitier is taking the controversy in stride, mindful it at least raised awareness of his candidacy -- even if it's not the kind of awareness he'd prefer. As an economics and government teacher at North Miami Beach Senior High School, Poitier also offered himself up to his students as a cautionary tale.

"I said, 'I learned a lesson, that you have to watch everything you say, something you think might be harmless might be offensive to someone else,' '' Poitier said.