Obama, Biden pay tribute to Sen. Harry Reid at Las Vegas memorial service

Obama, Biden pay tribute to Sen. Harry Reid at Las Vegas memorial service


Top Democrats flocked to Las Vegas on Saturday for a memorial service to honor Sen. Harry Reid, the party’s combative majority leader whose legislative prowess made President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act a reality — and whose no-holds-barred partisanship set the stage for today’s bitterly divided Congress.

Obama delivered a heartfelt eulogy for Reid, and President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also spoke in honor of their longtime colleague.

“He enjoyed every minute of proving doubters wrong, again and again and again,” Obama said of Reid, who he affectionately called a “driven, brilliant, sometimes irascible, deeply good man.”

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“In a battle between perfection and progress,” the former president added pointedly, “Harry always chose progress.”

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