Obama Surprises Reid By Calling Into Radio Interview After Retirement Announcement (AUDIO)

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“Harry, this is Barack.”

President Barack Obama surprised Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid by calling into the retiring Nevada Democrat’s radio interview with KNPR.

“Well I’ll be damned,” Reid said. “What a guy.”

The president effusively praised the long-reigning Senate Democratic leader’s “curmudgeonly charm” and his actions “on a whole bunch of really tough issues,” including to ward off a depression and passing health care reform.

“He’s been one of my best parters and best friends,” Obama said.

Reid returned the favor with equally effusive praise for the president, and marveled about how two men from humble backgrounds reached the top.

Both will leave office in January 2017.

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