Retiring Reid wins praise from surprise caller _ Obama

AP News
Posted: Mar 27, 2015 1:17 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — There was a surprise caller waiting to talk on live radio to Harry Reid, shortly after the Senate minority leader announced he would not run for re-election next year.

The voice said, "This is Barack." And Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has seldom seemed surprised during years of debates on the Senate floor, seemed startled.

"Well I'll be damned. Well I'll be damned," Reid said on Nevada's KNPR radio.

President Barack Obama and Reid spent the next few minutes swapping compliments and promising to do a lot of work during the final 22 months in office for both of them. They talked about their years together pushing legislation through Congress fighting the Great Recession and overhauling the nation's health care system.

Said Obama, "We've had a great run."