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Harry Reid honored by Biden and Obama at service

Harry Reid honored by Biden and Obama at service
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Former President Barack Obama joked that he wasn’t sure if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement that Harry Reid had never said a bad word about anyone was true. But he said the late senator was always willing to work with others.

Obama described his first encounter with Reed when he was elected to the Senate in 2005.

“There wasn’t a lot of small talk. In fact, there wasn’t much talk at all,” Obama said. “Half the time his voice was so soft, I could hardly hear what he was saying.”

After the conversation, Obama said, Senator Dick Durbin asked how it went.

“I said, ‘I don’t know,'” Obama said. “The whole conversation took maybe 10 minutes. He didn’t seem particularly pleased that I took his time.” “Don’t worry,” said Dick. “If Harry didn’t like you, it would have only lasted five minutes.” This was Harry.”

The former boss also stated that Reed told him that although Reed was not an athlete, he could take a punch and never give up.

“That same stubborn determination has characterized Harry’s career,” he said, highlighting the late politician’s failed campaigns before he finally reached the Senate. But Harry didn’t give up.

“So, yeah, being tough, being a fighter, was one of Harry’s unique traits,” Obama said.

The former president said Reed knows how to listen and learn, and praised him for his ability to change his mind on some issues.

Obama also discussed the legislation bearing his signature, the Affordable Care Act, saying it would not have passed without Reid’s hard work. “Harry refused to give up, and he applied as much pressure as he could only,” Obama said.

“Despite all of Harry’s ruthlessness – all his hard-line views on politics – Harry loved his family, he loved his staff,” he said. “Harry was a true and loyal friend.”

“During my time in the Senate, he has been more generous to me than I had any right to expect,” Obama said. “He was one of the first people who encouraged me to run for president, believing that despite my youth, despite my inexperience, despite the fact that I was African American, I could actually win. Which at the time made me one of us.” “

He said Reed fought alongside him during his campaign and throughout his presidency. “It’s a debt to him that I won’t be able to repay in full,” Obama said.

Obama said the two men spoke on the phone now and then after both left office.

“The whole conversation would take about five minutes, but in those five minutes, he was communicating more than some people do in two hours,” Obama said. “This is Harry – a man who knows what is important and has not believed in judging what is not.”

Obama cited a former colleague of Reed who said the senator had not said goodbye. But, the former president said, those gathered on Saturday had to tell him that.

“Farewell, Harry. Thank you for everything. Nevada has never had a greater champion. The Senate and the country have benefited from your extraordinary leadership, and I could not have asked for a better, more honest friend. I sure love you again.”

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