President Biden and former President Barack Obama, along with their past congressional colleagues, came together on Saturday to honor the life of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
While eulogizing the long-time Nevada lawmaker, President Obama said: “Few people have done more for this state, and this country, than this driven, brilliant, sometimes irascible, deeply good man from Searchlight, Nevada.”
Reid, who was Senate majority leader from 2007 to 2015, served in Congress for more than three decades. He died on December 28th at 82 years old following a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
None of the presidents at Harry Reid’s funeral have been impeached.
— John Collins (@Logically_JC) January 8, 2022
“In a battle between perfection and progress, Harry always chose progress,” President Obama said, adding that “pragmatism made Harry adaptable.”
Harry Reid was a critical partner to President Obama in the Senate and a personal friend.
— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) January 7, 2022
“Harry did know the Senate better than just about anyone else. More importantly, he understood why the work we were doing mattered,” the former president said.
Listening to Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden eulogize their colleague and friend, Harry Reid. They not only loved him. But they so viscerally admired his commitment to serving, not his own image, but the needs of the American people. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) January 8, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also spoke at the funeral. “Harry, in short, was one of the most incredible individuals I’ve ever met. The sort of person you come across only a handful of times in your entire life,” Schumer said. “He was tough as nails, a fighter to his core, but also one of the most compassionate individuals you could ever imagine. He never forgot where he came from, always stuck up for the underdog and the little guy.”
📸: Pres. Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice Pres. Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a memorial service for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. https://t.co/vfi70R8WcX pic.twitter.com/nhBtUniPsi
— ABC News (@ABC) January 8, 2022
Sen. Harry Reid’s memorial was Livestreamed. Watch in full, below.