Pelosi trips, nearly falls at Harry Reid’s memorial service: Video

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was one of many politicians and family members to speak Saturday at the funeral of former Democrat senator from Nevada and onetime Senate majority leader Harry Reid — and in a shocking moment caught on video, the House speaker nearly fell off the podium after her remarks.

According to a transcript, Pelosi joked that she got hung up on constantly by Reid, at least “two or three times a day for 12 years,” because he was a “man of few words.”

She said he was a rare “humble” politician, who suggested she “feed the poor” rather than throw him a retirement party. He “treated everyone with dignity and respect,” Pelosi recalled. But as she left the podium after her speech, she tripped and nearly fell.

Lawmakers look back

Later in the service, former President Barack Obama partially contradicted Pelosi’s comments about Reid, who died Dec. 28 from complications of pancreatic cancer, according to the Associated Press.

One of Pelosi’s statements about Reid was that she “never heard Harry say an unkind word about any of his Senate colleagues, Democratic or Republican.”

“I don’t know about that, Nancy,” Obama later said during his eulogy, chuckling. “But he would work with them if that’s what it took to move things forward.”

Reid’s time in the Senate

Others spoke of Reid as a man who grew up poor and made something of himself. He served in the Senate from 1986 to 2016, when he retired because an accident at home while exercising left him blind in one eye, the AP reported.

Reid is survived by a wife of 62 years, Landra, and five children. He also leaves behind 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, according to ABC News.

“We are so proud of the legacy he leaves behind both on the national stage and his beloved Nevada,” Landra Reid said of her husband.

Reid was majority leader in the Senate when Democrats forced through Obamacare on a reconciliation vote in 2010. While Democrats managed to hold onto control of Congress’ upper chamber until 2015, Republicans regained the House shortly after that unpopular vote.

It could be argued that Reid was much more successful at getting his legislative priorities passed than Pelosi has been in the House as speaker. Then again, it’s probably time for her to think very hard about retiring, especially if she keeps falling off podiums after speaking.

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