Connect with us

BUSINESS

Harry Reid funeral service: died, cause of death

Harry Reid was remembered as a consummate politician, a loving husband and father, and, perhaps most importantly, a man who rarely said goodbye before hanging up the phone in eulogies after eulogies at his memorial service on Saturday.

President Biden and former President Barack Obama were among those who gathered in Las Vegas to pay tribute to Reid, the former Senate Majority Leader and a titan of Democratic politics who died last month at the age of 82 after a life that took him from a small Nevada town to the halls of power in Washington.

“The desert shack he called home, the miles he hitchhiked to school, the boxing ring where he always got up, the family tragedies he endured, the cancer he and Landra fought, the halls of power he walked, the state he transformed, the country he shaped — he was proof that there’s nothing ordinary about America. Ordinary Americans can do anything, given half a chance,” said President Biden.

The list of speakers and attendees at Reid’s service matched the size of his political influence. Besides Biden and Obama, attendees included Vice President Harris, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, Reid’s successor as leader of the Senate Democrats.

“His modesty made him unique, you might say, in politics. But his humility was rooted in his strong values from a humble childhood rising from Searchlight to the spotlight, and becoming one of the most celebrated and consequential Senate leaders in decades,” said Pelosi.

Reid had a “vanity deficit,” Obama said

Over the course of three hours, speakers told colorful stories about Reid one after another — how he once asked to be dropped off in the middle of the Nevada desert for a marathon training run; how he kissed the TV after Democrats retook the Senate in 2006; or how, upon seeing a speech draft in which he was refer to himself as a “former boxer,” he crossed out the word “former.”

MORE:  Brittney Sharp Cause Of death - What happened to Dr Pimple Poppre patient Brittney Sharp?

Reid’s five children — daughter Lana and four sons, Key, Josh, Leif and Rory — remembered a loving father who wrote meaningful letters to his children for birthdays, graduations or simply because he was bored while listening to a speech on the Senate floor.

“In a town obsessed with appearances, Harry had a real vanity deficit. He didn’t like phonies. He didn’t like grandstanding. He was proud of the fact that he didn’t own a tuxedo,” said Obama.

In his eulogy, Obama described coming to the Capitol as a junior senator from Illinois in 2005, where he felt daunted by the apparent differences between himself and Reid — their age, skin color, political leanings, even taste in music (“I didn’t know what kind of music he liked, but I figured he didn’t listen to Jay-Z,” Obama said).

But in Reid’s background from a poverty-stricken family in the small town of Searchlight, Nev., Obama said that the two men were able to find common ground.

“Harry understood we don’t have to see eye-to-eye on everything in order to live together and be decent toward each other, and that we can learn to bridge differences in background, race, and region,” Obama said, adding that Reid was one of the first people to encourage him to run for president.

From Searchlight, Nev., to Washington, D.C.

Reid was born in 1939 in Searchlight – “a town with more than a dozen brothels and no church,” as described by Schumer.

MORE:  Katherine Creag Obituary, cause of death, husband Bill Gafner

Reid’s childhood home lacked running water, and Searchlight lacked a high school; Reid would stay with relatives 40 miles away in Henderson in order to attend school. At 19 years old, he eloped with his wife Landra.

Reid graduated from Utah State University then attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he had his first job on Capitol Hill as a police officer with the U.S. Capitol Police.

He returned to Nevada, where he soon began his political career. Reid served in the Nevada Assembly, as lieutenant governor and as chairman of the state’s gaming commission before turning to Congress. After four years as a representative, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986.

Over three decades in the Senate, Reid developed a reputation as a savvy tactician with an unrivaled ability to turn out votes. He served as Senate Majority leader from 2007 until 2015. In that time, he shepherded landmark Democratic legislation including the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill, the massive 2009 stimulus package and the Obama presidency’s most signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

“The deals Harry made to get that law done didn’t always look pretty — they got votes. Whenever I would object to a change he wanted to make, whether because of some policy concerns or worries about the optics, Harry would tell me, with some exasperation in his voice, ‘Mr. President, you know a lot more than I do about health care policy, OK, but I know the Senate,’ ” Obama said.

Reid declined to run for reelection in 2016, and his final term came to an end in January 2017. The next year, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Reid died at home on Dec. 28 at 82 years old. His body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Jan. 12.

Share This Post On WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Telegram
Singer Davido Finally Respond to claims of Paying Chioma’s Bride Price and Cheating on Her with Mya Yafai (WATCH VIDEO)
Entertainment2 days ago

Singer Davido Finally Respond to claims of Paying Chioma’s Bride Price and Cheating on Her with Mya Yafai (WATCH VIDEO)

JJC All Smiles in Adorable Photos As He Reunites With Twin Sons Amid Split From Actress Funke Akindele
Entertainment2 days ago

JJC All Smiles in Adorable Photos As He Reunites With Twin Sons Amid Split From Actress Funke Akindele

Young Man Who Found Baby by Roadside 4 Years Ago Sends Kid to School, Shares His Transformation Photos
Entertainment1 day ago

Young Man Who Found Baby by Roadside 4 Years Ago Sends Kid to School, Shares His Transformation Photos.

Single Mother Dances with Her Son Whom She Had at 13, Thanks God for His Life in Video
Entertainment24 hours ago

Single Mother Dances with Her Son Whom She Had at 13, Thanks God for His Life in Video

“See Where Davido Dey Stay”: Man Drags Singer, Shares Video of Heavily Flooded Road That Leads to His Mansion
Entertainment2 days ago

“See Where Davido Dey Stay”: Man Drags Singer, Shares Video of Heavily Flooded Road That Leads to His Mansion

Beautiful Lady Dances Beside Her Mum Selling Fish Without Shame, Arranges Their Market Well in Video
Entertainment1 day ago

Beautiful Lady Dances Beside Her Mum Selling Fish Without Shame, Arranges Their Market Well in Video

Beautiful Female Flight Attendant Records Herself as She Dances with Her Waist in an Aeroplane in Cute Video
Entertainment2 days ago

Beautiful Female Flight Attendant Records Herself as She Dances with Her Waist in an Aeroplane in Cute Video

Lady Shares Video of Burna Boy after Allegedly Sleeping with him (WATCH VIDEO)
Entertainment2 days ago

Lady Shares Video of Burna Boy after Allegedly Sleeping with him (WATCH VIDEO)

“I’m a God-Fearing Man”: Actor Itele Bows to Pressure, Begs Blogger Who Exposed Family’s Condition, DM Leaked
Entertainment2 days ago

“I’m a God-Fearing Man”: Actor Itele Bows to Pressure, Begs Blogger Who Exposed Family’s Condition, DM Leaked

I Spoke the Truth”: Funke Akindele’s Stepson Benito Breaks Silence on Actress’ Crashed Marriage
Entertainment2 days ago

I Spoke the Truth”: Funke Akindele’s Stepson Benito Breaks Silence on Actress’ Crashed Marriage

Mother Bumps Into Her Daughter Crying Over Late Father, Hugs and Cries With Her in Emotional Video
Entertainment1 day ago

Mother Bumps Into Her Daughter Crying Over Late Father, Hugs and Cries With Her in Emotional Video

Itele D Icon: Video Shows Uncompleted, Face-to-Face Building Nollywood Actor’s Partner and Their 4 Kids Live
Entertainment2 days ago

Itele D Icon: Video Shows Uncompleted, Face me-I- Face You Building Nollywood Actor’s Partner and Their 4 Kids Live

“Give Am N2million”: Moment Davido Brought Female Fan on Stage, Pulled His Shoes for Her and Gave Her Money
Entertainment1 day ago

“Give Am N2million”: Moment Davido Brought Female Fan on Stage, Pulled His Shoes for Her and Gave Her Money

God is Enjoying': Nigerian Student Says as He Flaunts His Pretty Sister who is a Catholic Nun in Cute Videos
Entertainment1 day ago

God is Enjoying’: Nigerian Student Says as He Flaunts His Pretty Sister who is a Catholic Nun in Cute Videos

I’ve Been in and Out of Hospital”: Itele Reacts As Clip Showing Poor Living Condition of Family Goes Viral
Entertainment2 days ago

I’ve Been in and Out of Hospital”: Itele Reacts As Clip Showing Poor Living Condition of Family Goes Viral

Trending