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January 8th, 2009
01:47 PM ET

Does Harry Reid Work for Pres.-elect Obama?

"I don't work for Barack Obama. I work with him," Reid said.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Hill newspaper that the Democrats on Capitol Hill will not be a rubber stamp for President-elect Obama's policies, the way the Republicans have been for President Bush. Reid said, "I don't work for Barack Obama. I work with him."

Reid's been on a bit of a roll this week. He started Sunday with his ongoing mantra about President Bush's failures and called him the worst President ever.

On Tuesday, he turned away Roland Burris at the Senate door, which was not a surprise since he vowed to refuse to accept anyone appointed by scandal ridden Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. But he may not have a choice. Reid met with Burris yesterday and seems to have warmed up to the possibility of seating him if the lawyers can work things out. If that happens, Harry Reid will look sillier than he already does.

Reid was also shooting from the lip on the still disputed Minnesota Senate race. He said, quote, "Norm Coleman will never ever serve again in the Senate" Really? What if a court decides otherwise?

Yesterday he told his fellow Senators to cancel their travel plans for this weekend and vowed a weekend vote on only the second day of the legislative session. What a busy fellow.

Here’s my question to you: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he doesn't work for Barack Obama. Is he right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jack from Washington, DC writes:
Jack, Harry Reid is really getting out of control. For the past couple years Pelosi and Reid have been headlining the Democratic agenda in Congress and it seems as if they are having a hard time coming to terms that there is a new sheriff in town. Reid more so than Pelosi.

Barb from New Port Richey, Florida writes:
No I don't think so. He seems to dance to his own drummer, and from what I see he has about as much rhythm as GW. Not a pretty picture!

Judy writes:
Somebody needs to put duct tape over this guy’s mouth. Me thinks Harry Reid doesn't like change too much. I hope Harry gets used to it soon, because he works for the voters, and the voters said Obama is the commander-in-chief. Enough said.

John writes:
He's a probably right that he doesn't work for Obama. But that's not his problem. He thinks he's self-employed and answerable to no one and that's all of our problem.

Billy from Las Vegas, Nevada writes:
"Hands Up Harry" Reid is an embarrassment to my state and the Democratic party. Talks tough but then flip-flops all the time with the latest being the Roland Burris situation. He's the senate point man for future President Obama's programs so he better change his attitude real quick or we will end up with yet another "do nothing" Congress while the American people suffer. btw, Jack, most Democrats I know here in Nevada can't stand the guy.

June from New York:
The better question is, "Does Harry Reid work?" Every time he opens his mouth he proves himself to be an idiot. The man is a joke and needs to pack it in.

Edith in Coral Gables, Florida:
Do you work for Wolf Blitzer, Jack?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Harry Reid • Senate and Congress
soundoff (390 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Technically Reid does not work for Obama. Will Reid's actions be any different from those who do work for Obama? I doubt it, he has lap dog written all over him.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Can you say: "Checks and Balances"?
    Reid doesn't work for the President, and vice versa!

    You're insulting our intelligence.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  3. David in San Diego

    Are you that hard-up for questions? This one is innane. It is obvious: Reid "works for" the people of Nevada, the Senate majority, and the wellbeing of the country, in that order.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  4. Gerry

    Harry Reid works for Harry Reid only, not the American people and not for Barack Obama and that is the biggest problem with Harry Reid.

    Replace him, please President elect.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Marie Ontario

    It would appear to most observers that Harry Reid doesn't work for anybody and that might be the root of the problem. But it is up to the Senate to oversee and that was something they didn't do over the past 8 years.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  6. David

    Jack,
    No, he don't but maybe he should somebody need to supervise him after the Burris debacle he made a bad situation worst. Like Joe Friday use to say the facts just the facts.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  7. Conor in Chicago

    He's totally right. He works for the citizens of the state of Nevada. Sadly Reid has to remind people about this since we have just experienced an 8 year Imperial Presidency in which Congress willing became subservient to the Executive Branch-much to our detriment.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  8. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I would think all government employees work for Barack Obama regardless of positions. Of course, there is a difference in working with and working for. The working with is what is important for the
    survival of our country.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  9. JD in NH

    No. Despite the hijinx of the Bush administration, there are 3 distinct branches of government. Senator Reid represents the citizens of Nevada in the legislative branch. Reid would be wise to follow Obama's lead, however, since Mr. Obama won Nevada.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  10. Paula in Albuquerque

    In all honesty, I've never figured-out WHO Reid "works for"! He just another simple-minded "weasel"...living off of the "public teat"...and at a standard that he couldn't have imagined, back home! Embarrassing, and without principle, like the rest of the "Paid Ladies of Capitol Hill"!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  11. Penny Bloodhart

    Harry Reid works for the people of the United States and those in his home state. He should work WITH President Obama. Sad that he and many Democrats became doormats during the Bush mess.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  12. kishen c.rao

    I fully doubt it...

    January 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  13. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Harry Reid is really a piece of work isn't he? He DOES work for Obama as we all do....sort of. He is such an arrrogant man and really thinks so highly of himself. Why does he feel this way?????????????

    January 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  14. garrick

    hi jack
    Harry reid and everyone in goverment office work for the people and the President is their Boss,just like Ted Turner is your Boss.he will find out real soon who the Boss is.
    clearwater,fl

    January 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  15. mitchell, arkansas

    yes. and we made need a progressive voice, if Barack gets overwhelmed by moderates and republicans. it's called checks and balances.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  16. Rose in Az

    Yes, he right but he forgets that he works for us, the taxpayers but that doesn't seem to mean much to him. I hope Nevada wakes up and does not re-elect him when his term is up. For the Senate majority leader, he is about as crass as they come. His position has certainly gone to his head.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  17. Patrick

    I would have to say he does not work for the president but, as he was quoted yesterday as saying, he works with the president.

    Far too often during the Bush 43 administration while both houses of congress were controlled by Republicans the members of both house s clearly demonstrated that they did work for the president as they supported practically everything he asked for. It is high time the congress acted as the separate and independent arm of the government the Constitution intends.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  18. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    In fact he really does not. He should be working for the people that elected him in that is a fact. Although he does need to work with Obama on issues that need to be resolved and moved on quickly.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  19. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    An easy way to look at this both Harry Reid and Barack Obama work for you and I. They along with all the rest of the elected officials serve at our pleasure, I believe most of them have forgotten this.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  20. Mark in OKC

    He is absolutely right! He works for the American people.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  21. Allen L. Wenger

    No, we have 3 equal branches of government. President Bush thought he put the other 2 under the executive branch, but it was only a lie told to him by Vice President Cheney.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  22. Julie in Tampa

    Well,no he isn't supposed to work for the Pres.However, Congress did rubber-stamp any and everything for Bush 43 for most of his term,didn't they?

    January 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  23. Joe in DE

    Reid works for the people just like Obama. I hope that they can cooperate but Reid has not responded to the responsibilies of the President Pro-tem which are different than those of individual Senators.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  24. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I switched from the party of the current resident of The White House to the Democratic Party six years ago. Mostly I am happy with my decision to switch parties. However it is people like Reid that make the Democrats less than they can be. Reid is absolutly wrong!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  25. Jack in DC

    Jack,

    Harry Reid is really getting out of control. For the past couple years Pelosi and Reid have been headlining the democratic agenda in congress and it seems as if they are having a had time coming to terms that there is a new sheriff in town. Reid more so than Pelosi.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  26. Dave in Saint Louis,MO

    I guess technically he works for the state of Nevada. But I think he has proven over the last few years he really just does not do any work at all. Its ok he still gets paid!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  27. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    No I don't think so. He seems to dance to his own drummer, and from what I see he has about as much rythm as GW...Not a pretty picture!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  28. AndyZag Lynn, MA

    Amazingly, Senator Reid is correct. He works for the people of Neveda, as he is their representative in the United States Senate. However, it is incumbent upon Senator Reid to show a modicum of respect to the President, especially when the President is of Senator Reid's political party. I do hope that the electorate will remember Senator Reid monstrous indescretion toward every Black American by not allowing Senator Obama's replacement to be seated. In fact, I have taped CNN and used stop motion to see if I can find any sign of a lobotomy that Senator Reid has had. The only other explanation for this type of idiocy on Senator Reid's part is that his parents were actually brother and sister!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  29. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    I assume Harry Peid works for the people that elected him to his seat. in Congress.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  30. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    I assume Harry Reid works for the people that elected him to his seat. in Congress. (sorry bad typo)

    January 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  31. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, Harry Reid doesn’t work for the people of Nevada or the people of the United States either. Come to think of, I don’t know who this clown is working for. Maybe Barack Obama can give him guidance because he is clueless right now.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  32. Will from San Jose

    Congress is a separate but equal branch of the government. He is correct that he doesn't work for Obama, he works for the people as a check against the power of the executive.

    It would however, have been nice for him to figure that out during the Bush administrations massive abuse of executive authority instead of during a power play with an incoming President.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  33. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It depends which hat he's wearing. As Senate Majority Leader, no he doesn't work for Obama. The Legislative and Executive Branches are equal. As a Democrat, Obama is the leader of his party. One would hope that he doesn't get his roles confused when to good of the nation requires something different than the good of the party. Not likely though.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  34. Greg in Cabot AR

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might not know exactly what his job is but at least he knows what it isn't.
    Unlike the former Republican leaders that were nothing more than rubber stamps for GWB policies, Harry recognizes there is supposed to be a constitutional separation of powers in our democracy and he is the majority leader of the Senate, not a “hired hand” of the White House.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  35. Joyce in Florida

    Bottom Line: He works WITH the President FOR the country. If he can't do that he has no business being there.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  36. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    Jack, Harry Reid is exactly right. He works for his constituents. They are who hired him, and they can also fire him.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  37. David Bakody Dartmouth NS

    Jack Senator Harry Reid is 100% correct matter of fact none of these well paid people work at all ...... and they all serve at the pleasure of we the taxpayers to which many seem to have forgotten. May I remind all what Mark Twain said: History has tried hard to teach us that we can't have good government under politicians. Now, to go and stick one at the very head of the government couldn't be wise.
    – New York Herald, 8/26/1876

    January 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  38. Tina

    Obama needs to open the back door and kick both Reid and Pelosi out in the snow. These two are worthless. The Democrats could do better in choosing over these two and I foresee problems from them both.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  39. Beth, MA

    I hope Harry Reid doesn't work for Obama. Are there not three branches of government? As Senate majority leader, Reid as a Democrat will have an important role in moving Obama's programs through Congress but he actually works for the people of his home state.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  40. docb

    Jack,
    They all work for the people who elected them...Reid has just forgotten that Obama is one of the people!!!

    Ego problems in Mr. Chickenneck and ms . Pelosi as well! They better quit hiding behind their desks and get to work for the people!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  41. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Technically, he doesn't work "for" him.........but he better work "with" him if we are to turn this country around and get it going the right way on the track.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  42. S, Michigan

    He works for us (you, me and Wolfe) and so does Obama. Harry, get me some coffee will ya?

    January 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  43. BRUCE, ST PAUL, MN

    Reid is right , for once. There three branches of government for a good reason. As we are still seeing in the current administration, the White House agenda may not be good for the country, not even good for conservatives or Republicans. Putting party-line votes ahead of your constituents in order to keep the campaign money flowing is part of the reason we all think Washington is a cesspool.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  44. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Harry Reid is the boss of the Senate. He does not work for Obama,he works for the people.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  45. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    I'm not quite sure why he would even say that. I'd have to look at the Constitution to check out its exact wording. It sure would be nice if worked with President Obama. Does Reid think before he speaks?

    Troy, Ohio

    January 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  46. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    I have to tell you Jack, I honestly don't know who that guy works for. I guess he must work for the state of Nevada. It seams at times his actions conflict with, well, even what he say's a day before. One moment he's going to block Burris' admission into the Senate and then the next day he's for the guy. Good thing he doesn't work for me. I'd fire him.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  47. Willow, Iowa

    As a politician, yes. As a person doing the best for this country, no. We all have an obligation to stand up for what is right and moral. Obviously Reid is much more aligned with Obama than he was with Bush, but Obama says he doesn't want "yes men" around him. All sides should be heard.

    But it would be nice if Reid wouldn't sound so combative now. We need to give the new President a chance and help all we can.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  48. Ed

    Yes Harry Reid is right. Barrack Obama would have to set Harry Reid's schedule in order for Harry Reid to be considered an employee of Barrack Obama. I believe the constitution and golf course conditions govern the Senate's schedule.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  49. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Having a job and going to work are two different things. Reid, who I refer to as Grumpy of the 7 dwarfs, doesn't know what it means to work, he just knows how to spend money on pork. He's suppose to work for the American people, but he's a politician which is a self-serving person who gets paid. Besides all of this I believe that if Obama could choose the Senate majority leader, it wouldn't be Grumpy.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  50. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,

    Let me get this right, dear old Harry is an employee of the U.S. Government and the President is the head of it. How can he claim he dosen't work for the person who is occupying this office. One thing is clear the Senator dose not work for the people of this country maybe he is self-employed...

    C.I., New York

    January 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  51. George

    I would think that he is. representing the state of Illinois, and working for the people who elected him who are the citizens of Illinois first and formaost, working for the United States Government , as a U.S. Senator of the state of Illinois, working with all of the other Senate members in a collective effort to pass laws, and do other Senate business which may be in part helping the President of the United States lead us out of the wilderness. If that is working for Obama, then so be it, but he was not provided his job that he does to assist Obama by Obama, or Jack Cafferty.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  52. Kate Idaho

    H##**LL NO! He and all the Government people work for and with the President, who always workks for the American people

    January 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  53. Raymond Duke

    If he does , he should not be. First he is suppose to work for the people of the united states and second for Nevada. Nobody is suppose to work for the president except his political appointees and Obama is suppose to work for the american people. I know jack that you and all the left wing liberals believe that everyone should work for the Messiah but that is not the way this country operates.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  54. Mike S.,New Orleans

    Yes. No U.S. senator works for a president-elect. They work for the people who elected them to be their representative.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  55. Hope M. Madisonville, KY

    What's the point of being President if you're not the big boss?
    Of course, the Senators have latitude to make decisions and
    author bills but they need to follow the President's vision and
    try to get bills passed that will promote his agenda for the
    country, not theirs. That's why we elected all of them to do the
    business of the US.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  56. hugh ~ tracy, california

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has shown very poor leadership in recent weeks. He is flat out wrong when says he doesn't work for Barack Obama. When will this egomaniac stop whining? Other senior democrats need to step up and officially repremand him for his constant negative statements. If he does not tone down the rhetoric the senate should move forward and replace him. He has become a constant distraction, a pain in the neck, and a thorn in Obama's side.

    ~ Hugh in Tracy, California

    January 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  57. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Harry Reid kisses the feet of Barack Obama. But if he doesn't produce votes in the Senate, Harry Reid the majority leader, will be history!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  58. Jolethia

    I can't answer that question because I don't know what Reid's job description states but I feel that it is his job to work with the President to pass legislation that benefits the American people. I don't feel that this can be done with an ugly, petty, antagonistic attitude. I have a question for all of the democratic politicians and members of the media that feel that it is their duty to "keep Obama in check" Where was this sense of bravado when the Bush Administration was running rough-shot over this country. We could have used your voice then.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  59. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Harry is right. He doesn't work for Obama; he was hired by the public made up of people like me. Harry you're fired. Now send in Nancy and tell the others to line up at my door.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  60. David, Tampa, Fl

    He is correct. Reid works for the poor people he duped into voting for him. The only person that is suppose to work for "us" is a president we don't elect by popular vote. In any event, these people really only work for themselves and only tangently for the people that elect them.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  61. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Yes, he is right. He works for his constituents – or at least he should.The legislative and judicial branches of our government are designed to remain separate from the executive branch. Now if we could just get the members of that legislative branch to work together for America, we might be in very good shape down the road.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  62. Gigi in Alabama

    Harry Reid may not work for Barack Obama, but he sure as the dickens had better work with him. The American people have had a belly full of those prima donas on Capital Hill.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  63. Ann from S.C.

    According to the Constitution there are three separate branches of government, so technically Harry Reid does not work for Barack Obama – he works for the people. Since I am doubtful that Harry Reid ever had an original thought pass through his head, he probably is working for Obama so he can continue to fool his constituency.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  64. JR in Norfolk VA

    Harry Ried doesn't even work for the people of Nevada. Here's a guy who calls visitors to the Capitol "smelly" and is glad to be rid of them. Then he thought he could ignore the Constitution by not seating Roland Burris, Blago's pick for Obama's seat. Such arrogance. Nice choice, Democrats!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  65. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    No. H. Reid does not work for B. Obama. Reid is a part of a separate branch of government.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  66. Karen in CA

    God help us, as I understand it, before the election he worked–if you can call it work–to serve the Democratic party in the Senate, but since both branches are now Democratic, he speaks for the whole Congress–no doubt an irritant to Nancy Pelosi.

    I don't know if it's written down anywhere, but common sense says it's his job to help Obama facilitate Democratic policies, but the egos in congress will surely make a mess of that. Whoever he works for, he sure does a sorry job of it.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  67. odessa

    let me get this right..he worked under bush for eight years and he was the president..but all of the sudden, barack obama is the new elect-president as well being the first african american to held this position, what really gives?..gov. blago played the race card and he proved that the real true colors were coming out of harry reid...well, harry reid is a weak senator with no pull and i hope that his position runs out, i hope that another democrat or independent gets it..reid has nothing but a ego head and i'm sick of him now..the president,congress and senate works for all the people but reid works for obama regardless..

    January 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  68. fred hughes

    Harry reid is one of those old school politicians the the country could do without. His dicisions are based on him feeling that his seat in the house gives him power and he abuses this power and it hurts the nation. fred livingston, Al.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  69. Dean in Macungie,PA

    Jack,

    If Harry Reid does not work for Obama and it's apparant he is not working for the good of the Democratic Party, then he must be a Republican in disguise - so I say let's impeach him.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  70. mike trzcinski

    Jack

    Harry Reid has his hands in our left pocket as deeply as the GOP congressional leaders have theirs in our right one...and they all work for special interests, including Barack Obama.

    MIke Trzcinski
    So Bend, IN

    January 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  71. Rod from Allentown PA

    Jack,
    Harry Reid is an idiot. Why do we even spend any time discussing his actions? He is totally inept. He is supposed to work for the American public, but he does not have that right either. Can't he be impeached?

    January 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  72. Bill, Bristol CT

    He doesn't work for Obama. He works for the U.S. Senate. He works for the Democratic Party. He works for the people of Nevada who he's primarily supposed to represent. He works for the Constitution of the United States, which he has sworn to uphold and defend. And of course, as a politician, he works first and foremost for his campaign contributors.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  73. Mary from Houston, tx

    Jack,
    Didn't Sen. Reid say, he works with President-elect Obama?
    Are you stirring up trouble?

    January 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  74. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    Technically speaking, no, the Constitution calls for divisions of power, but if Obama can bring enough political pressure on Harry Reid and force him to obey, then who's your daddy?

    January 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  75. Chas-NJ

    Yes he's right. It's the only way that checks and balances work. No one should blindly follow the president. No president is always right. Not even the so called Chosen One.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  76. Denis Duffy

    First off,Harry Reid works for the re-election of Harry Reid. He also works for the political contributors who pay for his re-election and influence his votes. He will work for soon to be President Obama, if it will help him get re-elected. Other riding on shirt tails, he has no use for President Obama. That's life in Washington, Jack. Cynical? You bet!

    Denis
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  77. Judy

    Somebody needs to put duck tape over this guys mouth. Me thinks Harry Reid doesn't like change too much. I hope Harry gets used to it soon, because he works for the voters, and the voters said Obama is the commander-in-chief. Enough said.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  78. Billy G in Las Vegas

    "Hands Up Harry" Reid is an embarrassment to my state and the democratic party. talks tough but then flip-flops all the time with the latest being the Roland Burris situation. he's the senate point man for future President Obama's programs so he better change his attitude real quick or we will end up with yet another "do nothing" congress while the American people suffer.

    btw, Jack, most Democrates I know here in Nevada can't stand the guy and I hope he doesn't win the Democrate primary in 2010 because IF he DOES, we could very well end up with a Republican senator going to Washington. he needs to RETIRE.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  79. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    So he's figured that out, hunh. All the while that Bush thought the king was the law Harry could have looked up it up on Wikepedia. Now he finds out. Maybe he'll tell Pelosi. Won't she be surprised.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  80. Scott, Wichita

    Technically, No. It's called separation of powers. The Constitution was not written with political parties in mind, so Congress does not work for the President. If he DID work for the president, wouldn't he then be obligated ot follow Bush's commands, Jack?

    January 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  81. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    No, he just works for Obama's agenda. You know, just like Mitch McConnell works for Bush's agenda- wait a minute, never mind.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  82. Jerry from Jacksonville

    He just answered half of the question, he doesn't work and that is the reason we need to get rid of the jerk.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  83. Jack R

    Harry Reid works for us, the taxpayers, as does Obama.

    He ought to quit ratchet jawing and spend time on the increasingly dire straits this country is facing rather than waste time on irrelevant issues like who he reports to and Burris, among others.

    Reid's comments explain full well why Congress enjoys an approval rating below that of our soon to depart President. Keep it up Harry and you'll be on the next plane out after Bush.

    Jack R

    Princeton NJ

    January 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  84. N.S , Huntsville Al

    I don't care who he works for, I wish Harry Reid will go sit down somewhere, he is really make a fool out of himself.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  85. william fitzwater

    All elected representives work for for the people of the United states but the people seem to think they can fight over position and idologies whiule the problems and needs of the American people continue to fester.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  86. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: You question should have been, "Does Harry Reid really work? And to be honest, I don't know, but I would gather to say he doesn't work for Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  87. Glenn in California

    Jack, this is what makes the Democratic party so dysfunctional and why they rarely win the Presidency. They can't "just get along" and wind up in the bickering that we all hate and have come to despise in our politicians. Reid needs to get the hint or the voters need to show him the door. P.S. Tell Reid not to let the door hit him on the way out.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  88. Barbara - NC

    No – they all are supposed to work for the people.

    A more appropriate question might have been "Does Harry Reid Work?".

    Again, the answer would be No. None of them work for us – only for their high salary and long term benefits. Nothing for the little people that pay for their perks. Isn't that how it's supposed to be?

    January 8, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  89. Anj in CA

    That's a technically correct but boneheaded thing to say.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  90. MARCUS123 Flanders

    Harry Reid works for Harry Reid:

    January 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  91. Alex

    Jack, Harry Reid doesn't work with Barack Obama. He just works for himself and Senate Democrats in a partisan manner to get his way. If Reid isn't trying to get his way, he's doing the politically correct thing in the hopes he'll win reelection so he can maintain power. Who are the 9% of Americans who approve Reid and the rest of congress?

    January 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  92. kaye from Vancouver

    Unfortunately he is right, technically he wroks for a different branch of government and is suppose to, and i say suppose to because we all know that the legilative branch is crawling with corruption and special interest people, so he is suppose to be working for the people who elected him.

    but politically and figuratively he is working, if not for, but with Obama. since Obama is not only the president but also the head of the his party and Reid is to follow the agenda of the party he was elected under and the president who is leading it.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  93. Joan: Burlington, VT

    He's right he doesn't work for the President (present or future) - he is supposed to be working for the "we the people" - but it seems to me he's working for Harry Reid!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  94. Tom Darby

    Yes, he works for every United States citizen. But, Congress has forgotten: Government of the people, for the people, by the people. It is government so I can be reelected. When the Constitution was approved we had about a million people. Now we have about 400 million people. While the rights given by the Constitution are timeless, the method of government is time dependant. It is time the people demanded a Constitutional Convention. Local, State, and Federal government is to expensive.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  95. Paul H from Los Angeles, CA

    Well, he technically doesn't work for Barack Obama... yet. Reid was Obama's boss in the Senate. Now it's gong to be the other way around. Looks like the order of management is about to change!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  96. Phil Burt

    I think that he NEEDS to work "with" Barack Obama, but he should be working "FOR" the people of the United States. I wish it was a requirement for all Senators/Congressmen to read the Constitution of the United States as well as the Declaration of Independence every year that they serve to remind them of what our government is supposed to be. Add to that reading The Gettysburg Address, ........of the people, by the people and for the people.......

    January 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  97. Ken @ Charlotte, NC

    Jack,

    Two answers: 1) Yes, if he is smart.
    2) No, Sen. Reid is a leader of his party, the Senate and presides over a co-equal brach of our government.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  98. Tom in Dallas

    Harry Reid works for Harry Reid. This is the first time I've heard him say anything decisive. I'm sure republicans like that talk from Harry. Chuck Schumer should have the gavel.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  99. Krishna Koliwad

    Dear Jack,

    Sen. Reid is wrong. President Obama is technically the head of the Democratic party and one of Sen. Reid's jobs as the Democratic leader in the Senate is to push President Obama's agenda in the Senate. He is making one of those convulated arguements Cheney was making that he is not part of the executive branch! Give me a break.

    KK
    LCF, CA

    January 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  100. Mary - California

    Reid works for himself – he will work with Obama and not for him.
    Reid is over dramatic and complains about everything and everybody.
    And why is Reid allowed to continue on under Obama's Administration? Lots of luck Obama!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  101. Ray, Florida

    He's not the boss of me!! Sound's like third grade Jack!
    Who cares who he works for! If you ask Sarah Palin, Harry Reid works for the Vice President. I think it's about time for some new leadership in the Senate and give Inspector Clouseau a little less responsability.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  102. Pugas-AZ

    Harry dosen't work for Obama and apparently does not work for us.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  103. Bonnie from NJ

    You seem to be indicating he actually works!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  104. Douglas

    In Obama we trust
    from bubble to bust...
    it's turning to rust
    In the Land of the Just...

    the American gangster economy is over

    January 8, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  105. Scott in Indiana

    At this point, I'm not really sure who anyone in Congress works for. They get elected by making promises they know they won't keep and by saying the things voters want to hear and believe. I don't think anyone currently in Congress can honestly say they represent the views and values of their constituency. Want to know who Harry Reid works for? It's the interests of Harry Reid.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  106. Alan, Buxton Maine

    Harry Reid works for Harry Reid. He is supposed to be working for the people who elected him but as usual with politicians, once they get in office they lose all ability to consider the best interests of their constituents. Both he and Pelosi should take a hike and not return!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  107. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Yes. Reid works for the corporations that pay for his re-election. He works to keep them filthy rich with taxpayer money and war profit. He works for AIPAC, as did Wolf Blitzer, to make Isreal rich and shielded from any and all scrutiny.

    He's a hack who should be thrown in jail for violating his oath of office.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  108. Anna, Missouri

    Harry Reid seems to think that the only person he works for is himself. In case he hasn't notice, someone should point out to him that Obama has much higher support in polling points and Reid is not indispensible. The American people want something done in Congress this year, and we are watching. He should ask the Republicans how it feels to be left out in the cold in this past election cycle, and take note, because his number may be up next. He can be removed from his leadership role if enough people let their senators know how they feel about this quy.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  109. Connie, Chicago, Illinois

    Harry Reid is confused. He works for the President in carrying out the President's Agenda in the Senate. He is surely misinformed if he believes otherwise. Reid's comment has given Obama a heads-up that Reid will be problematic in the days & months to come. I can't recall Reid telling Bush 43 any of this crap. It will be interesting to see how Obama straightens this one out.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  110. susan from Idaho

    Technically he works for his constituents, if he’s not doing a good job they should give him the boot.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  111. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    Harry Reid works for the citizens of Nevada.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  112. Todd E. Mashlan, a/BSG

    Yes. He is right. They both work for the American people. But, more to the point, the executive and legislative branches of government are separate. In no sense does the Senate majority leader "work for" POTUS.

    Todd, a/BSG
    Chicago

    January 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  113. Nancy, Richmond, Indiana

    Yes Jack didn't you know that? I mean I had this foolish dream that Obama was a man of his word and have supported him throughout his run for the White House. But deep down I knew whatever he tried to do to help me and all the other millions of Americans would be up to the Congress and already it is happening! No I am not blaming Obama as he is trying to jump start the economy like he said he would. It is some of those "I,myself, and me" people who need to have power, who need to have attention, who don't give a duck for anyone but themselves, that will keep this country down! And Harry is one of them! And now it is already beginning!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  114. Carol

    Supposedly he works for the people but appears to work for no one....

    January 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  115. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Harry Reid doesn't even know who he works for!!!

    As the President–that pretty much makes Obama the head of the Democratic Party-and at least on party issues–Reids boss. But Reid isn't just a thorn in the Republicans side–he's a Democratic itch that can't be scratched!!!

    He's a total koo-koo in my eyes and I'm just glad he isn't representing Florida. You never know where he's gonna land on an issue–and he's apt to simply fight on illogical and irresponsible whim against some pretty necessary legislation.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  116. Jim/NC

    Harry Reid is right! I can't believe I said that. He works for the state of Nevada and the American people.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  117. Jack Martin

    Jack

    As an independent voter who voted for President Obama I am appalled that the Democrats voted to keep Reid and Pelosi in their posts. They are just like those Repubs whose only thoughts were concentrated on "me, me, and me". I thought we had had enough of that.
    Jack in Boynton Beach Florida

    January 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  118. george c paree

    Jack he is one ass that we dont need to listen too he has personally set back democratic party to something nothing like the party for the people.he has some outer spaced r turbo-charging the stone age.mental hasnt worked wont work and can work.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  119. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    I HOPE that Harry Reid is listening, your comment, sir, is arrogant and rude! President-elect Obama deserves your respect, at the very least. And Mr. Reid, watch your comments you may not be reelected! Remember sir, that President-elect Obama enjoys a 76% approval rating which is far higher than you & all of Congress!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  120. Lennie Mullen

    Harry Reid is an embarrasment to CHANGE at a time when we the people are trying to take back our Country. I live in Maine, a State that gave the Nation a real Senate Majority Leader; George Mitchell.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  121. Ann from Newton, New Jersey

    Mr. Reid forgets that he works for the American people and what is best for them, not for his inflated ego. Hopefully, we may not see his face next election time.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  122. Edith, Coral Gables

    Do you work for Wolf Blitzer, Jack?

    January 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  123. Jasmine in Germany

    Well, Jack; I'm not as smart as you are, but I'll send you a few thoughts. Whom does Harry Reid work for? He works for the US American people. He has forgotten that a few times over the years and has engaged in self-serving nefarious behavior. He has also done a few good things. Whom does Barack Obama work for? He also works for the US American people. Very soon, Obama will hold a higher public office than Reid. Obama will become Reid's boss, with due respect to Reid's position. Good bosses don't control their underlings' positions, they monitor them. That's what I expect Obama will do.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  124. John from California

    While I don't necessarily agree with everything he's doing, I do agree that congress is supposed to be an EQUAL branch of government, and no subservient to the white house. It's part of that whole checks and balances thingy that was seemly forgotten during the Bush administration.

    I'm a supporter of Obama, but I feel it's in the interest of the country that congress finds their spine again and starts pushing back against the executive branch. During the Bush administration, congress let them gobble up too much power. They might be hard pressed to take it back.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  125. Jim, from Las Vegas

    For a change, yes. One of the big things I fear is a rubber-stamp congress for Obama. I always prefer to see control of the governement split between the two partys. Having said that, I find it impossible to put any credence in Harry Reid. Reid wants to shut down Yucca Mountain and needs Obama's help to do it I bet Reid will become Obama's lapdog to acheive that.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  126. charles, the bronx new york

    what they have in common is blago and burris.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  127. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    I agree with Senator Reid that his job is to work with the president and not for him. The Republicans are the ones that seem to have thought that Bush was the King and you never question the king, you simply automatically do whatever the king says, no matter if it is right or wrong. It was that attitude that got the country into the trouble it currently is trying to deal with. A Congress that workds with the president I think is more effective and will get much more accomplished than the do nothing Republican controlled Congress of the Republicans. Give and take is not dead, it just needs to be exercised before it gets overweight. Lets all hope and say a prayer that things will improve.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  128. Dan from Bloomington Indiana

    Just give him enough rope Jack. He will take care of the rest.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  129. Sharon, King George VA

    I was under the impression that both Mr. Reid and Mr. Obama worked for the American people, silly me.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  130. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I sure hope he doesn't work for the President.

    Isn't there three branches of government that are separate but equal?

    Of the blustering a a man who seems to be dizzy with new found power, he got this part right anyway, he is to work with the President.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  131. Merle

    Jack, Jack, Jack...you should know by now...those politicians work for themselves and their own self interests...they stuff cash in their freezers...renovate their houses and scale bathroom stalls for entertainment...so what do YOU think?

    January 8, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  132. Gigi

    Harry Reid should be working for the people who elected him as well the President. We did not elect them to serve themselves or their ego's. Harry Reid can be un-seated as well as any public servant. It is time to remind them. Their power has gone to their heads.
    Here I I'm doing what I hate... shoving my power down the throats of people who could care less. People who talk to much are seen as a bag of wind.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  133. Mike S., New Orleans

    Reid's relationship of working with, not for, Obama, will be a refreshing change from the past eight years of George W. Bush Jr. and his loyal staff of servants.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  134. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    The people of Nevada voted him in and he's Majority Leader so he works for the citizens of the US, as does Pres. elect Obama come Jan. 20th.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  135. Mike

    I'm a Dems but I don't know how this guy got picked to lead anything...Never seem to be on top of anything.....just react to siturations

    January 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  136. Richard Green

    Harry Reid doesn't work for Obama or anyone else that I can tell. He's a blowhard who talks tough and does little. He never once stood up to the Bush administration's contempt for subpoenas...and he had plenty of opportunities. OK so now he'll stand up to Obama and sidetrack the effort to get America going again.... a show of a lot of guts for a guy who caved in to George Bush at every turn. If there is any way to do it, he needs to be replaced along with Nancy Pelosi as soon as possible.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  137. Lee in TN

    Look out how you go about judging others. This dog just might come back to bite you along with the ghost who comes to haunt you.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  138. barbara in Tacoma

    Reid and Pelosi don't work for anybody, but themselves.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  139. Anon in Atlanta

    Of course not. The American governmental experiment divides authority at the topmost level into three equal parts....the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial. Each has a different function outlined by the constitution, and every President pushes the envelope, as do some Legislators and Federal Judges. The bottom line must be that all three branches of goverment work for the people. CERTAINLY nolt for each other.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  140. sandra schutt

    Harry Reid thinks he's King of the Hill. Of course he doesn't want to answer to Obama....just like he hasn't answered to the American people for his stupidity and total lack of concern!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  141. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, silly, I don't think Congressmen or Senators think they work for anyone but themselves?

    January 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  142. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Harry Reid has recently managed to raise himself well above his personal level of incompetency. At this point I can't see where he is working for anybody. If he were a horse, and not just the back end of one, he would already be out to pasture.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  143. L.M.,Arizona

    If only the republicans had the guts to say that to Bush. Reid is just stated a fact that all congressmen should follow but need to be open to good leadership.

    L.M.,Arizona

    January 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  144. Gretchen from Denver

    Harry Reid doesn't work for Obama, but he is an American and should put his own power secondary to the survival of his country. Anyone in Congress, including Mitch McConnell and other Republicans stuck in reverse, have been there for years. What have they done to help the country...obviously nothing. What ideas have they had that have been helpful? Not one.

    Obama has gathered the cream of the crop, the best minds available in our contry today to save the country. Anyone who has been in the Congress for all these years playing politics and letting our country come to the brink of disaster, should shut up and work with the American team.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  145. Connie, Chicago, Illinois

    CORRECTION:

    Harry Reid is confused and full of himself. Obviously, he thinks he'll be able to "Control Obama" due to Mr. Obama's youthfulness. Mr. Reid' is in for a rude awakening fromthe Pres. Elect. Sen. Reid is charged with carrying out the President’s Agenda in the Senate. He is surely misinformed if he believes otherwise. Reid’s comment has given Obama a heads-up that Reid will be quite problematic in the days & months to come. I can’t recall Reid telling Bush 43 any of that crap. It will be interesting to see how Obama straightens this one out.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  146. Bud,Columbia, Mo..

    It's nice to see Harry finally found his backbone after missing it for 8 yrs.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  147. circy in New Mexico

    The problem with people who are senile is that they think they live on an even keel. For months on end Reid "disappeared" from his job while major problems were argued and sometimes resolved. Now, all of a sudden he's found his voice again. I think he should start considering what his life will be like once he's gone from Congress. But then, that would require straight thinking for more than 5 minutes. Hang it up, Harry!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  148. Dennis North Carolina

    If he works than it should br for the voters as does Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  149. Anne/Seattle

    I sure hope he doesn't because he makes a divisive, lack luster and none too bright employee.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  150. Daniel, Indiana

    Technically he is correct. Unfortunately, it appears as though he will be fighting Obama like he did Bush. Now there's a real leader of the Senate. He will earn the name of "The Saboteur of the Obama Years".

    January 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  151. Len, Colorado

    Not at all!

    First, he is not president yet. He has done a great job in the transition and he has a plan to reverse our economic downturn.

    He has done more since he was elected as President-Elect than Bush and his administration has done in the last 8 years! Our problems are based on poor domestic and foreign policies over the last 8 years! (Trace back to the Reagan Administration...Trickle down economics does not work!)

    All Americans need to get behind this president. Congress needs to put politics and parties behind them and work with this president.

    We are in big trouble and if we donot work as one nation, our children and grandchildren will have @#$% to pay!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  152. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    It's a new era in Washington and even the old goats are getting a little giddy. The best you can ever hope for is that politicians will work together at least a little bit. I want to think he's just demonstrating his enthusiasm for the tasks at hand.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  153. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I wonder if Reid is bragging or complaining about not working for Obama. If Reid is bragging then show us the proof of what he has to brag about because he and the rest of his constituents don't appear to be working at all.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  154. Jane (Minnesota)

    Frankly, I do not understand how Sen. Reid keeps his job as Majority Leader. My hope is that he actually works for the people who elected him – but I have not seen much evidence of that either. If he did – I would think he would have stood up to the Bush Administration bad policies. Instead it looks to me like he's now trying to play "tough guy" with an in-coming President that carries a very large approval rating. Seems to me like he's got it backwards, Jack!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  155. Fluffy in Lovelock, NV

    Of course he's right Jack, unless, of course, Obama contributed handsomely to Harry's War Chest. If Barack wants to play, he's gotta pay.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  156. Charles-NJ

    We technically he is right, but he is about as partisan as they get. He will be a good little democrat most of the time and do whatever Obama says.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  157. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    He's right. He doesn't work for anyone. I didn't know being spineless and lacking common sense deserved a paycheck, but democrats have a bunch of them like that.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  158. Silas, Cameron, NC

    Reid works for himself Jack. He doesn't work for the people that elected him or anyone else thats above or below him...just himself. Most of Congress is this way. They say they care about the people that vote for them, but who are they really representing? You? Me? Doubtful. Their greed is why their approval rating is where it is.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  159. June-NY

    The better question is, "Does Harry Reid work?" Everytime he opens his mouth he proves himself to be a idiot. The man is a joke and needs to pack it in.

    January 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  160. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    If Senator Reid wasn't such an egomaniac he would understand that he works (for lots of money) at the pleasure of the people, and since the President is the direct representative of the people then yes, he works for the President. Reid is starting to look like a huge impediment to progress.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  161. Jose from Hoboken, NJ

    Jack, I understand that after these last 8 years you may be confused but Reid works for the American people, we hope. I do expect a strong discussion, on all issues, between the Legislative and Executive powers, again hopefully with the regard of our citizens at the forefront of these representatives. I would continue to dream on!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  162. Bob in Spring Hill, FL

    I think all these clowns work for Ringling Bros.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  163. Steve,NY

    Reid is a whiner like most of the Democrats. Where are all the good and capable leaders? We got some real loosers in Congress.
    CNN has to do a better job in picking these guys. You guys in the press don't do well in grooming good leaders.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  164. John

    Jack: Senator Reid works for the people of Nevada. The relationship between Obama and Reid is a pleasant one as I answer this question. Now, Pelosi does not like anyone except blood relationship, and anyone else can be thrown to the dogs of politics. The Democrats have to support Obama because he won by 7% of the vote. The best Bush did was less than 3%.

    John
    Alabama

    January 8, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  165. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Give him 24 hours. I'm sure he'll change his position on THAT, too.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  166. Fluffy in Lovelock, NV

    Of course he’s right Jack, unless, of course, Obama contributed handsomely to Harry’s War Chest. Harry works for whomever's back pocket he's in. That's basic Politics 101.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  167. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    Not just Reid but all of them including Barack Obama himself ! They are and have to work differently side by side for people to have trust again in Government! Government needs to change and it simply means they are all changing how they have to work side by side...it is just a new learning curve on offering their trust towards one another in facing the challenges responsibly...for people to see new level of trust and level of responsibility will reminds every one of us how we have to offer the same in everything that we do and face on a daily basis! It's a constant effort towards real change of offering real role government models!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  168. Michael -Green Bay, WI

    Sen. Reid is absolutely correct. He does not work for Obama, as no senator works for any president. He, as President Bush, and President-elect Obama, work for the American people, and therein, have the responsibility, as Reid said, to work with each other, not for each other.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  169. Doris Ky.

    No he works for Bush.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  170. Susan from Greenfield, Wi.

    Everyone has an ego, some larger than others. And everyone has been guilty of false bravado, due to that ego. But the fact remains that Harry Reid does receive his marching orders from Obama, and he knows it. Harry Reid needs to be led, as he is not a leader.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  171. Ralph Nelson

    Yes, he can screw the President if he wishes. I'm not fully pleased with the job he's done, but he's far better than Speaker Dennis Hassert (who was a rubber stamp and didn't care). Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  172. Claude

    Its time for Reid to get of his "high horse" and understand that a new kind of politics is going to take place. Bush is gone in 2 weeks which means the Bush Reid agenda is coming to an end!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  173. Jerry - Toronto, Canada

    I agree, he doesn't. There should always be checks and balances and no rubbing stamping. But the problem is Senator Harry Reid only works for Senator Harry Reid and not the American people and is a self serving pain in the ankles to the Democrats. He is always trying to get his fifteen minutes of fame back. Time for this man to get over himself.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  174. Chet

    I'm beginning to think that he and Nancy are believing they have more power than they really do. He will be coming up for reelection pretty soon and it not a sure thing by any chance. Him stating that he will be in charge till 2015 is just wistful thing on his part.
    Chet
    Nevada

    January 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  175. Dan

    He's absolutly right Jack, Harry is suppose to be working for us, the people, HA.
    Dan from Pennsylvania

    January 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  176. Kurt Dresner

    Harry Reid works for the people of Nevada.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  177. Marietta

    Its time to separate the wolfves from the sheep. Reid take your ego and remember the American people pay your wages.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  178. Arman Bhatti

    Of course he doesn't work for President Barack Obama. Harry Reid is part of the legislature, not the executive. It always makes me feel good when people understand their role in our government as defined by our social contract, the Constitution

    January 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  179. Kiran Mandava, Atlanta,GA

    Reid neither works for Obama nor for the people who elected him but he works for himself.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  180. Ruthvik

    Hee works for the people right?
    Wait I mean he works for the lobbyists
    Obama should tell him to stay shut. Annoying moron

    January 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  181. Angela

    I agree that he doesn't work for Barack Obama, he works for his state. We have gotten in trouble in the past in this country with the Republicans rubber-stamping President Bush..so now it's only smart that the Democrats actually read and vote on what is best for their constituents.

    I do however think he has a big mouth and should try to be a bit more cordial.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  182. Susan Gibbons

    Reid serves the President and works for the people of the United States. He's forgotten why he's there. He's just another good ole' boy that needs to retire.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  183. Ken, an ex-40year Republican

    Senator Reid better work W-I-T-H Obama and doit now!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  184. Carolyn Oz, OKC

    No he doesn't work for Obama... just like Obama, he works for us, the people of this country, and I think it's high time they remember that!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  185. Fred Nickols

    Of course he doesn't work for Obama. Obama heads up the executive branch and Reid is a member of the legislative branch. One of the things that screwed up this country royally in recent years is the tendency of the Republican congress to roll over and do whatever President Bush wanted. Hopefully, those days are gone.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  186. John from skokie, il

    No, Jack he doesn't work for Barack Obama, but he is still annoying.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  187. Jane Greiner, Lakeland, FL

    Of course Harry Reid DOES NOT work for Obama, ever hear of the "separation of power"? He works for the American people and should work along side Barack Obama, but not kowtow to his every wish.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  188. Blake

    yes, he is right. President elect Obama did not hire him, he hired Hillary Clinton so she works for him. Not Harry reid.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  189. Ellen Gregor

    No. Harry Reid works for the people. And he's right. Bush IS the worst president ever. Why criticize him for speaking the truth? It's not like that's news.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  190. Natalie

    As much as I detested the Bush years, the one thing i respected was the discipline he imposed on the folks in Congress. There was precious little decent. I don't think that Congress should necessarily rubber stamp everything Obama wants to do but they need to at least give him the opportunity to make the kind of difference he promised to during the election and not water it down to nothing.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  191. Brian Stratford, CT

    I think President O'Bama is starting off on the right track. But, Harry Reid is right. He doesnt' work for O'Bama, he works for me, you, and all of the Americans who put our trust in him to do the right decision on our(the people) behalf.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  192. mary

    If Harry Reid doesn't work for the President, just exactly WHO does he believe he works for? I thought EVERYONE there worked 'at the pleasure of the President". He certainly isn't working for the taxpayer! I'd like to know so we can contact whoever his boss is so Reid can be fired for incompetency!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  193. Roy - Chicago IL

    e pluribus unum, Jack......
    Out of many legislators, and three branches of government.....the vision is one united effort regardless of party to help the country.
    And...Your comments 'mantra...shooting from the lip...looking silly...what a busy fellow'...are you polling our opinions or telling us YOU have your mind made up already??
    Oh....Sorry....'No Bias' is ANOTHER CNN show!!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  194. WJ Alexander

    Q: Does Harry Reid work for B.O.? No. He works for Harry Reid and ONLY Harry Reid.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  195. Sean Conlon

    Of course he doesn't work for Obama. Reid works for the people of Nevada and the citizens of the United States of America. How is this even a question?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  196. Barry Watts

    That's a silly question, Jack. Of course he is right. We have three branches of government for a reason. Nobody in congress works for the president. Hopefully they will work with Barack Obama, but they definitely do not work for him.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  197. Patrick

    Technically he is correct, but that is such a divisive comment. I think we have all sent a clear message that we want all these people to get along or at least attempt to get along. You are correct, he is extremely annoying.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  198. Rick Weiss

    Of course he is right. That is what the separation of powers is all about. But that doesn't make his statement any less absurd or damaging. Leave it to the democratic party to start shooting itself in the foot before the new president even takes office.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  199. Bryce in Wisconsin

    Harry Reid stating that he doesn't work for Obama is one of the few accurate statements he has ever made. He works for the citizens of the U.S.A., more accurately, his state's constituency. And more important than anything Reid is saying, is Obama's "only government" statement earlier today. Where is Orwell when you need him?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  200. Patrick in Hampstead, Maryland

    Jack – Reid and everyone else will work for and with Obama come January 20th. Obama is Commander in Chief. The BIG Kahuna. The Buck dosent stop with Harry Reid. Harry is a silly little man and a lousy spokesperson for the DEMS. He blows in the wind. Give us Nancy Pelosi – who has a great set of eyes and always has a smile no matter how screwed up things are!!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  201. Susan - Plano, TX

    It is sad for the public to find out the typical politicians we have elected. Reid's mistake is that he forgot that he is there to serve the people and the nation...Politician like that should be out once and for all.

    Susan
    Plano, TX

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  202. KAREN LOZANO

    Independence, Missouri -Home of President Truman. My answer to this question is to me very simple. Both the President and all members of Congress work for the American People. This seems to be soimething that especially congress, seems to forget often. They should also be paid the minimum wage for the Country – but that is another issue isn't it.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  203. Rhonda Sheehan

    Harry Reid does not work for Obama. He works for me, the taxpayer.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  204. John Dlouhy

    Harry Reid is absolutely correct in saying he doesn't work for President Elect Obama, He works for the people that elected him into the US Senate office, The GREAT STATE of NEVADA.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  205. Carlton West Palm Beach Florida

    Jack!!!!

    Harry Reid is behaving like a selfish spoil brat who only care about himself and not putting any thoughts whatsoever on the nation as a whole

    Carlton

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  206. Terry McConnell

    If Harry Reid considers himself the equal of Barack Obama, let's see how well he'd fare contesting a presidential election.

    Terry/ Edmonton, Alberta.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  207. Richard J.

    I was led to believe when taking classes in high school that the three branches of government work with one another as the system of "checks and balances". So no, the Legislative Branch members do not work for the Executive Branch leader, they work with him.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  208. Ashley

    Of course he doesn't! We got into a lot of trouble with the last administration because of unilaterl executive decisions. We have THREE branches of government for a reason and the congress, which is supposed to be the most powerful does and should not answer to the president.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  209. Michael in Boulder

    Harry Reid doesn't work for Barack Obama. He also clearly doesn't work for the American people.

    Maybe the better question is "Who DOES Harry Reid work for?"

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  210. Debra in Arizona

    He may not work for Obama but he does work the American people. It is time Reed checks his ego at the door. He needs to start thinking about what is right and do some evaluation before he opens his big mouth and sticks his foot in it. He also needs to understand that he can be replaced when he is up for a vote. We, the American people are sick of this petty bickering! It is time to shut up and get something done!!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  211. Bruce Koehler

    No, he doesn't... as no chamber leader does – and as Reid said – "[he] works WITH him." Per the constitution, the branches are separate – and thank our founding fathers that they had the foresight to designate it as such.

    Now as for ANNOYING .... Yep – I agree.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  212. dj_duh

    Have u ever heard of separation of powers between the 3 branches of gov't?

    BTW: They both work for the people of this country.
    Neither works for each other...

    duh...

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  213. Sharon, Chicago, IL

    Pelosi and Reid seem to have been working for Bush/Cheney. I may not be a Democrat much longer if the Senate and House cannot support Obama's agenda. While I agree that no senator works for the President or President-elect, Obama has a mandate and it is up to the Senate and House to listen to the will of people and give Obama's plans every chance of success. I think the party needs to get rid of both Pelosi and Reid–they have been most ineffectual and often seem to be working against the party and the people.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  214. Bill,,,,,St. Clair, MI

    Jack,
    Reid is correct.....they both work for the voter's.
    However, I wonder if Reid will ever win another election?
    Bill

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  215. Adam A., Tucson, AZ

    Jack-

    As annoying as Harry Reid is (and I'm a Democrat)...of course he's right! The constitution stipulates separation of powers between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Congress is suppose to act as a check on the executive's power (something the Republicans failed miserably to do). Hopefully Sen. Reid will stick to his word on this...but as with 99.9% of politicians, I don't think he will. Can we get new Democratic congressional leaders already?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  216. slightner

    No he doesn't but he rubber stamped everything the Republicans tried to pass in the last eight years lacking the political courage to draw a line in the sand. It would be interesting to know just who he does work for.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  217. Richard Williams in Larchmont, NY

    Jack,
    This is supposed to be a system of checks and balances. That was missing over the past eight years. If the Constitution is to survive, Congress needs to answer to the people and make sure that no one branch steps on the other.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  218. Carole Giampalmi

    Harry Reid frequently makes inappropriate comments and this was one. He is technically correct, but it was an unnecessary statement to make. It made no sense. I wish we could also start over with the Senate and House majority leaders. That would really give us a clean slate to go forward.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  219. AJ from Michigan

    Harry Reid saying he doesn't work for Barack Obama is like Roland Burris saying he didn't pay a dollar to become the "junior" senator from Illinois. Of course, Harry Reid has to have a backbone, but he would be dumb to take a stance against a President Elect that was voted for in an overwhelming fashion combined with the status of our economy and national interest.

    AJ in Michigan

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  220. Ken

    I think Reid, Pelosi, and the rest of them are just angry that Barak Obama is saying he won't let them have their pork in the stimulus package. The country voted for change, but Reid and Pelosi like theirs in nickels, dimes, and quarters.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  221. JTatEHT

    Senator Reid will not work for President Obama. To my knowledge, that is the first intelligent thing that he has said in recent memory. Not only does the legislative branch not report to the executive branch, but Obama is only hiring people with a modicum of intelligence.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  222. Lee

    He may not work for President Obama, BUT he DOES work for the American people. He might want to remember that if he wants to be re elected! I don't think we are going to put up with his nonsense much longer. Get to REAL WORK – Harry!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  223. Janice

    I think Harry Reid is absolutely right. Just listen to what he said, he is working with Obama. Does that mean that he is doing what Obama wants or is he doing what he wants? Mmmmmm

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  224. Eric

    While I agree Reid doesn't work for Obama, he does work for the American people and we clearly voiced what we want on Nov 4th – the Obama plan. It's amazing how he had no back bone pushing back on W and now he want's to push back. Give me a break, Reid has been and continues to be a failure as a Congressional leader.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  225. Joe

    No, Sen. Reid does NOT work for the President of the United States. But Sen. Reid does NOT work for Sen. Reid either. He isn't "in business for himself." He SHOULD

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  226. Linda Walker

    He is correct, he works for the people of his state. It is his responsibility to help guide the country, just the same as Obama job is to guide the country. It is not to employ petty bickering to forward his own agenda. At this time more than any it is time to work together, that means individuals, businesses and the government.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  227. Ken

    I think Reid, Pelosi, and the rest of them are just angry that Barak Obama is saying he won't let them have their pork in the stimulus package. The country voted for change, but Reid and Pelosi like theirs in nickels, dimes, and quarters.

    Ken
    Auburn, AL

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  228. Bob in Florida

    No, technically Reid does not work for Obama. However, if he is intelligent (his history proves otherwise) he will work for Obama. How did this "scarecrow" GET to be leader of the Senate? These uppity Senators can be egotistical, but they RARELY have better ideas! There are at least 48 better choices.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  229. Sydney

    Harry Reid is right in the sense that, working for Pres. Obama just because of party affiliations smacks of partisanship and lack of independence on the party of the majority leader. But i think this is more of a spin than reality. They are simply playing for the cameras like all Washington goons do. Same music, different dance.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  230. britney p miami florida

    Hey jack he is right he does not work for obama but he works with him... the issue here is harry reid has not been thinking to well before he speaks or performs his actions, he is like a blind dog he steping on everyones toes and then trying to run when the public says that was wrong or he is wrong.
    miami florda

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  231. Abel P. Ochoa, McAllen, TX

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he doesn’t work for Barack Obama. Is he right? Yes, he's right. Both Harry Reid and Barack Obama work for the American people.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  232. Lane from Nashville

    Jack–No, Harry Reid doesn't work for Obama. A better question is why is this a public poll question, when it should be common knowledge gained from a junior high civics class? While you may find Reid annoying, that has no bearing on the chain of command in our federal government.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  233. Cory

    While I personally believe that Sen. Reid cooperated with Sen. Obama, the country would be benefited (especially in Sen. Obama's honeymoon period in Washington), Sen. Reid in fact does not and should not work directly for Sen. Obama because this country has a system of checks and balances for a reason...

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  234. Mitchell from California

    Hey Jack,

    If he doesn't work for Obama – who does he work for. Obama is trying to work for the people. With that comment, he should step down from his post and give it to someone else who will work for Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  235. Patricia Nielsen

    How can we get rid of Harry Reid? Perhaps Bush could give him a job on his ranch pitching you know what. pmn

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  236. Nancy Mahoney, Reno, NV

    Harry Reid works for the people of Nevada who put him in the Senate. He is there to represent the people of Nevada first then assist the President (present and future).

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  237. Matthew

    Annoying or not, Reid does not work for Obama. Try reporting the news and stop being bias. You're losing viewers.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  238. Flaudia P Quaker

    Harry Reid is an idiot, as a life long democrat I haven't a clue as to why
    his fellow senators would vote him in for majority leader. He does not
    represent the viewpoint of most democrats I know. The Democrat party will self-destruct themselves. Republicans know how to disagree discreetly, which give them the perceived impression of unity. Of course he works for Barack Obama, without him there would be no majority in the Senate.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  239. Darrin

    Senator Reid does not work for President Elect Barack Obama,
    however Senator Reid does need to work with him. This is a must.
    Darrin
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  240. Bruce Koehler

    I honestly think those commenting read the constitution...

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  241. Kay, O'Brien, OR

    Harry Reid seems to work for Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi seems to work for Nancy Pelosi. I'm surprised they haven't been replaced. However, Barack Obama works for the American people in all of these United States and has their mandate. Reid and Pelosi are both on slippery slopes - or so I like to think.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  242. Fred

    Technically he's right. The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches were set up to counter balance each other. That does not, however, change the fact that Harry Reid possesses that combination of ego and stupidity that annoys most of us to death.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  243. eedris

    seriously i really think Harry Reid is tripping, there is got to be something wrong some where, i mean if he is desperately looking for a fight or getting on peoples nerves,he should look no further than the streets he could find a good fight on the streets of Washington DC. what do you think???

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  244. Joni Coffman

    Yes. He does not work for Barak Obama. He works for the voters that elected him. Or at least that's the way it's supposed to work. In reality he only works for himself and his rich buddies.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  245. JoAnn Sismilich

    Yes, Senator Reid does work for President Barak Obama and the American people. He and other senators or congressmen who stand in the way of Obama's economic plans should be voted out.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  246. Darren Richmond

    Love him or hate him Senator Reid has a point. He is an elected official of the people, not an appointed one of the president or president elect. This doesn't change no matter how popular he is.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  247. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    Harry Reid works for Harry Reid. He and his buddy Pelosi are the ruination of the democratic party. He shows no respect for President Elect Obama in his stupid remark "I dont work for President Elect Obama'..

    Boy he better get his ducks in a row as he is in for a rude awakening. He works for us. We elected Obama who also works for us so Harry me thinks you are going to pay for your arrogance. Obama is no fool and no mealy mouth who takes crap from the likes of you. He is just a gentleman but you will get yours.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  248. Debbie Duff

    Of course he doesn't work for President elect Obama but then he also doesn't appear to work for the American people either. A better question would be to ask who he thinks he works for and when his last performance evaluation was.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  249. Kathie

    No but he sure works for us and he'd better not get between what this President needs to do to get us out of this mess and his inflated ego or he will find himself running for dog catcher in Elko.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  250. Marianne, NV

    I think I agree with some of the pundits that Reid is only trying to work the folks here in NV that he won't just be the President's doormat. Problem is, he's been the other guy's doormat for the past two years.

    Old "Give 'em hell Harry" is giving hell to the wrong President. Maybe we need a change of Majority leader, along with change in the rest of the government.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  251. Robert Goudie

    Harry Reid needs to wake up and smell the real coffee. He does work for the president not with him. The Senate, congress & the house members all work for the president.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  252. k turner

    Harry Reid is a hateful miserable power hungary old man who has no business running the Senate. The same is true for Nancy Pelosi. They have no interest in anyones ideas but their own. Can't Obama remove him?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  253. Kurt

    Harry Reid works FOR the American People, same as our President-elect does. If he's not part of the solution, he's part of the problem. Right now he looks and sounds like part of the problem.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  254. Chryssa

    He may work "with" Obama, but he works "for" all the Democrats in this country.

    Boise, ID

    January 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  255. Reena from NJ

    Hi Jack,

    Harry Reid is right he doesn't work for Obama. Although he seems to forget that he works for US, and I hope that the voters remember his high horse antics and vote him out when the time comes.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  256. Rose

    Yes,
    Reid is correct, he does not work for the President he works with the President. Obama's cabinet work for him.
    I have heard many TV journalist say terrible things about Bush and I agree with them. Our country is in the toilet and Reid is a mild mannered guy, so why all the criticism? I am counting the days until "The Decider" leaves for good!
    There isn't much going on in the world of politics so let's pick on Harry Reid and Diane Feinstein!

    Rose, New London, CT

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  257. joey D

    No he does not. He works for his particular constituents in his location as well as for the better of all the country regardless of who is president. And just to be clear, the President is nto the big boss anywa, the people are and EVERYONE in Washington works for the people. we are the bosses and the ones with the power and the sooner people realize this, the better off our country will be. We have been beaten down so much from people in Washington and forced to believe they are the ones on control that people actually believe this to be true. People need to stand up and realize we are the ones that can hire and fire anyone in Washington. One of the biggest problems is that everyone has the mentality that their congressman or woman is doing fine. well i got news for you, they're not. Every damn one oif them is the problem and the only way to fix this is to elect people that are not politically coorupt. They want you to believe that only somone in politics is good enough tobe in politics. That is a bunch of crap. I say elect people without Washington experience and this country will be just fine. This is America. We are Americans! lets act liek it. we someothing not right, lets fix it! kick all the bastards out and start a new. Thank you.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  258. James in Dallas, TX

    Harry Reid does not work for the president in the sense that he must follow everything that he says and make all his suggestions law, he does have autonomy to vote as his conscience dictates, and his constituents require (Not to mention many lobbyists, as with all politicians) He does work with the President in promoting the ideals that the Administration wants to promote. But, finally he is part of a separate branch of the government which does not answer to the President for his votes.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  259. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    Reid does not work for Obama, he's part of the legislative branch, not the Executive branch. However, if the democrats are going to be successful in salvaging this mess we're in, he'd better drop the hostile attitude. I see a lot of ego at work with him and Pelosi, neither of which are very strong leaders. Reid best remember that he's only there because of Nevada, Obama's there because of the entire country, which is what really counts. In these troubling times we can't afford anyone who isn't willing to be a team player as much as appropriate.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  260. Lou from Rockford, Il

    Harry Reid works for anyone that puts money in his pocket.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  261. Anita Obler

    Harry Reid does not "work" for the American people, so why would he "work" for the new President? I'm waiting for Congress' s 19% approval rating to hit 0 after today's comments by Reid and his fellow Democrats. I'm a Democrat myself, but criticizing President-elect Obama for carrying through with his promised tax cuts is just insane. Revolution, anyone?

    Anita Obler, Wilmington, NC

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  262. Mickie

    Harry Reid is supposed to work for his constituents. However, he is showing how antagonistic he can be before there is even an issue with Pres. Elect Obama. I happen to care as much about Nevada as I do about our Country as a whole and we need representatives who will work together and that does not mean they have to be a rubber stamp. Reid doesn't seem to be willing to work with anyone who doesn't agree with his opinions. He was not elected president.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  263. Dane Hedlund

    Of course Reid is right. He was elected by the people of my state (Nevada), therefore he works for and represents the people of my state and in turn the people of the United States.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  264. Gerry, Iowa

    How old is this Harry Reid? Hasn't he learned by now to keep his mouth shut unless he has something to say that makes sense. And people think Blogojervich is an idiot. Get rid of Reid.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  265. Joe

    No, Sen. Reid does NOT work for the President of the United States. But Sen. Reid does NOT work for Sen. Reid either. He isn’t “in business for himself.” He SHOULD be working on behalf of the citizens of Nevada. It is one of the peculiarities of our Government that the leaders of both Legislative Bodies are elected by individual States, rather than by National Election.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  266. Bill, Alabaster, AL

    Senator Reid appears to be "Self-employed." When was the last time he worked for his constituency.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  267. Debbie Williams

    I don't know who the bozo's were who made Harry Reid king of the senate but I do know that the citizens of our great nation elected Barack Obama overwhelmingly to be the President of the top office in our nation. Harry Reid needs to quit grandstanding and get with the program– shut up and get to business at hand!

    Debbie – Franklin Furnace, OH

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  268. matt

    Jack, when will it stop?

    Barack Obama is not even in the office and we have people in Washington carving out territory! This is why we are in the mess we are in. It is time for everyone in this country to pull together as one behind the President (like him or not) and fix the problems that threaten all of us regrdless of race or income. If Barack Obama is the man responsible to steer the ship then we (including this UNPROFESSIONAL embarrassment Reid) need to be the crew. As far as I can tell Barack Obama has been willing to l;isten at all ideas and not act alone. Lets put away the egos and lets get to work as a team.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  269. Tricia

    Harry Reid does not work for either the present or incoming president, he works for us. We expect him and the rest of the senate to be responsible and work in an intelligent but cooperative manner with our in coming president to address the economy effectively. Any of the senators that act as obstructionists to the only well thought out plan that exists will be held accountable for the failures of whatever legislation is enacted.

    Getting secure jobs back to this country better be everyones first priority we are months late getting this started.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  270. Mark R. Anderson

    In order to fix our problems, we need to change Washington. We're starting with a new President and Cabinet. We now need to get rid of ALL of the incumbents in Congress and in the Senate, and that includes Harry Reid.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  271. Don from New York

    He is suppose to work with the President but to date Harry Reid has been a hinderance to getting anything done in Congress. I am a registered Democrat and voted for President Obama, but if I had the opportunity I would remove both Reid and Pelosi. Neither has done anything for the American public since the Democrats have been the majority. Harry Reid will end up being a lap dog to the President in order to get the pork through that he will want. I just hope the new President puts both he and she in their place.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  272. Peggy Munson

    Look, Harry Reid works for the American people. The American people cannot speak any louder than we did in this election. Reid needs to understand that we can do it again, if need be. So, the suggestion is that he wipe that smug look off his face and get down to brass tacks and start working toward solutions.
    That is what the American people want to see.
    When do we want to see it...........yesterday.
    Stop the stupid posturing we are sick of it!!! Get to work. Pick something and start to fix it!!! NOW!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  273. Darryl Price

    When was the last time Harry Reid won a national campaign? Oh that's right, he hasn't. The Democratic gains in the U.S. Senate and House weren't because of Reid and Pelosi. I don't recall seeing too much of them on the campaign trail. Elections have consequences - for the body politic and for Reid/Pelosi. On November 4th, the American people rendered judgement and they chose Obama's vision. If Reid, Pelosi, et al are going to dig in for a turf war then Obama ought to forge alliances with those who are more interested in solving problems than in wielding power

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  274. P. Edward Murray

    Jack,

    I guess Senator Reid thinks the buck stops with him?
    Well, it doesn't, that buck stops with The American People.

    Senator Reid works for me, my family and my fellow 330 Million or so Americans. He conveinently forgets that all of us pay his paycheck and that he is beholden to us, not the state that sent him to the Senate.

    And right now, for the record, Congress is not in the running for the best liked institution. Most folks think they aren't very good at all.

    I would like to ask our Dear Senate Majority Leader what he was doing when my entire office was outsourced? And what about thousands of other Americans who lost their jobs through outsourcing?

    Frankly, If I could grade the Majority Leader in his efforts I would have to give him an

    F minus as in F for FAILURE!

    I think it's time for a new Senate Majority Leader!

    Thanks for commenting on this Jack, you are doing a good job!

    Sincerely,

    P. Edward Murray
    Lower Makefield, PA.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  275. Ellen

    I agree with Harry Reid – which is difficult to say. He works for the American people and the best interests of those that elected him to his office.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  276. Ray Kinserlow

    Reid should have said "work closely with the President."

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  277. Pete in Bradenton Florida

    Anyone in such a position of responsibility who so flippatly demonstrates his personal interpretation of constitutional law is simply dangerous!. If he doesn't want to work for the President, then I don't want him to work for me, either!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  278. Mike in FL

    For the last 8 years Reid sat in the front seat smiling as Bush drove the country into the ditch and toward the cliff. Now he decides he wants to grow a spine? He should drive off to Texas with Bush on Jan. 20; good-bye, good riddance...

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  279. Paul in Pittsburgh

    Jack....How do we go about impeaching Harry Reid?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  280. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    From your Nov. 7 blog: ("Are Reid and Pelosi the Right Leaders?")

    "Rex from Portland, Oregon writes:
    Haven’t Reid and Pelosi already proved to us and to the world that they are hopelessly inept? Why this 9% approval rating? And who are those people anyhow– the 9% who approve?"

    What's new, Jack? The Dems really need to reevaluate their positions, their loyalties, and their goals. Now we have Feinstein and Rockefeller prancing about like royalty as well as Reid gumming up the works. Who is leading whom here?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  281. roy baker

    I admire Harry Reid! He has the "B--" to stand up for the people that elected him unlike the previous Republicans who rubber-stamped every BONE-HEAD idea that bush had!He is still a democrat, that alone is comforting! any change is truly refreshing!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  282. Kevin from Portland, OR

    He works for me. He works for Wolf Blitzer. He works for Jack Cafferty. He works for Tina Fey. He works for my mom. He works for Anderson Cooper. He works for my sister. He works for Barack Obama.

    The taxpayers of this country pay his salary. He works for all of us.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  283. Dane in Nevada

    Reid does not work for Obama. He was elected by the people of my state (Nevada), therefore he works for and represents the people of my state and in turn the people of the United States.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  284. andrew , naperville ,il.

    hey jack, I'm a lifelong democrat and I gotta say, every time this buffon (Harry Ried) opens his mouth I cringe. He's an absoute embarrassment. The democrats finally have a chance to show the counrty some new direction,and I'm afraid Ried and Pelosi are going to screw it up. How long are we gonna be stuck with this fool?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  285. Tav

    Sure, Harry Reid doesn't work for Barack Obama... and Robin doesn't work for Batman, Sonny didn't work for Cher & Alan Colmes doesn't work for Sean Hannity.
    Harry Reid MIGHT not work for Barack Obama, but if it weren't for Barack Obama, Harry Reid would be as relevant as Robin and some other dude in tights, Sonny and some other tall chick and Alan Colmes and any of the other neo-cons at fixed news.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  286. Will Miller

    I agree with Senator Reid that he does not work for the president-elect Obama; however he does serve to represent the majority of Americans as majority leader of the Senate. I believe when the vast populous of this country including, democrats and republicans alike, are energized and willing to put their support behind the incoming president, Senator Reid should also. This is not a time for drama, it's a time for action.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  287. Matthew from Battle Creek, MI

    Jack, he may be right that he doesn't work for Obama, but he probably shouldn't be challenging that.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  288. ron/wisconsin

    Harry Reid is a good example of what we all don't like about politicians. I say clean house in congress, get rid of all of the selfserving, arrogant, and powerhungry congressman and give all of the power to Obama. He is genuine and could be the best dictator a country ever had!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  289. zack

    I don't know about that ,he's sure not working for the american people. the sheep that keep re-electing should wake up and vote him out.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  290. James From Chicago

    Harry Reid is an idiot..Obama should get rid of him as soon as possible.

    He is old and should retire.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  291. LUCY - ILLINOIS

    Reid was elected by the people of Nevada, but let's hope that all of Congress, try real hard to get the big mess straightened out, that Bush has made. If they don't our Country will go farther downhill.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  292. Ronnie Lindsey

    Just like Hillary Clinton recieved her unexpected wake-up call from our future President Obama, Senator Reid, as eloquent as he is, is going to half to wake up and smell the coffee as well! Apparently, Senator Reid didn't hear Obama's announcement that he's made probably over 100 times, that "It's time for a change".
    Therefore, this means that he's going to half to either 'shape up. or ship out – Senator Reid that is.'. Anyone who tries to get in the way of the most powerful presidential locomotive ever, will bring damnation unto themselves...mark my word! So I suggest to Senator Reid, that he get in front of the mirror 10 times a day, and practice saying "Yes sir!".

    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  293. dj_duh

    it's kinda cool to see responders at the Clinton News Network talking bad about loser DEMs.
    gives u hope that there r even some libs that know who's who...

    BTW: Harry Reed doesn't work for the prez...

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  294. Burt Harwood

    How Harry can spin

    Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

    The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory.

    On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

    So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.

    Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

    'Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.'

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  295. Dianne

    He may not think he works for Obama, but he darn sure works for me.If they would get out of the spiffy offices and see how the rest of the world really lives, maybe he would under stand. The phrase, I put you there and I can take you out, needs to be a reminder to them each day

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  296. Terence

    Reid and Pelosi work for themselves and always have. They are like Sonny and Cher. (I GOT YOU BABE)
    Terence , Piscataway, NJ

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  297. Terry Comeaux

    Harry Reid is supposed to be working for the people of Nevada.
    If I were a citizen of Illinois, I would be beside myself with anger that the Nevada Seator was trying to influence my senate representation. The Iraq war was not lost, Burris will be seated, and Norm Coleman's fate rests not in Reid's arrogant hands! Wake up Nevada.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  298. shina, MD

    Very correct...........until Jan 20th 2009.
    It seems to me that Mr Harry has recently taken excessive amounts of freshly-brewed arrogance.........perhaps this can wane before jan 20th.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  299. Tav from Waterloo, IA

    Sure, Harry Reid doesn’t work for Barack Obama… and Robin doesn’t work for Batman, Sonny didn’t work for Cher & Alan Colmes doesn’t work for Sean Hannity.
    Harry Reid MIGHT not work for Barack Obama, but if it weren’t for Barack Obama, Harry Reid would be as relevant as Robin and some other dude in tights, Sonny and some other tall chick and Alan Colmes and any of the other neo-cons at fixed news.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  300. Floyd Gardner

    Of course he does not work for him directly! And he is not annoying, Bush, Rove, Dick & Condi aree annoying..... the Worst Team Ever. Harry Reid is simply suffering from the same things all us Americans are suffering from-- 8 Years Of GOP ( The "G" is for Greed ) and their endless lack of shame for all the Crimes They Have Committed!
    Jack, please back away from the GOP Bus and re-join us on the side of "Fixing America"!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  301. Cherie W. Jacksonville, FL

    The President is the "Head of State"! As soon as President – Elect Obama takes the Oath of office, he becomes everybody's boss! Harry Reid is not setting a good example during this time. Does he have a problem with Pres-Elect Obama? We should be trying to work together.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  302. David in Raleigh, NC

    Harry Reid supposedly works for the people of Nevada. Yet it seems that his primary goal has been being an obstructionist to anything that GW Bush wanted to do. He did this as both the minority and the majority leader of the Democrats in the Senate. Now it seems that Harry Reid is going to be an obstructionist blocking Obama's agenda as well. The people of Nevada need to wake up and vote Harry Reid out of office.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  303. Ken in Seattle

    The real question is why the heck is he in any kind of responsible position at all. Harry Reid is one of the worst Senate Majority Leaders of all time. He lacks judgment, foresight and charisma. He couldn't convince Eskimos to buy heaters and probably doesn't know why they would even need them in the first place. I'm a democrat and could care less what he thinks about anything. He makes bozo the clown look like a Rhodes scholar.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  304. Karol

    So who does he work for? Obviously not for "we the people" or he wouldn't be spouting of but instead working with the Executive Branch to help get the American people off life support.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  305. Rebecca of North Carolina

    Despite popular belief and eloquent words of points of view, there is still only one answer. Forget the technicalities. Yes, effective January 20th 2009, he does work for the President. The president is the Executive & Chief of the United States for the people. The checks and balances system of house and senate is to keep him from abuse of power, but they still all work for him "and for the people". He is the leader of the people!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  306. john

    He's a probably right that he doesn't work for obama. But that's not his problem.. He thinks he's self employed and answerable to no one and that's all of our problem..

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  307. Yvonne

    Yes he does work for President elect Obama because the people elected Mr. Obama to speak for them. Mr. Reid is the reason we will not got anything done. He is only thinking of his place and history and the power is seat brings him. Mr Reid, we the people found you lacking as a person to do our business and its about time to listen to what we have said. You have no power with us the US citizen's.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  308. Ken in TN

    As one who generally sides on the democratic side of things, Reid's attempt to flex his muscles and pound his chest are despicable.

    He used to have authority over Obama as Obama was a senator and now Reid wants to make himself greater or equal to Obama, it seems as if he has a grudge because of that and the fact is, he is not either... he and 99 senators plus the House are his equal, alone he is and should be insignificant.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  309. Junior from Jersey

    Obama represents the American people because they chose him, and Harry Reid represents just a section of the Decmocrats in congress, in other words, he works for Obama or does he not get paid by the American taxpayers?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  310. Brad P

    Harry Reid is right in the sence that Congress does not report to the president but wrong in the sence that he does not work for citizen Barack. He works for all of us and I hope he realizes this. All this bickering reminds me of spoiled children who are jealous that someone else has a toy that they wish they had. Fact is, Barack Obama is the next president of the United States and anyone in congress who does not like it needs to step down or work with him and the rest of the country to get some things done. PERIOD

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  311. k turner

    Even though I am 64 I realize that we need an age limit to eliminate old goats from the Senate and House.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  312. denise conway

    In my opinion i think if we could cut some of the money we are sending over seas we could have more money here in the US. But we keep sending money to other countries, all we are doing is hurting our economy and helping everybody else build theirs. The US needs to stop outsourcing our resources to bulid up other countries that may in the future use them against us. we are basically giving them a knife to stub us in the back with.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  313. Larry Smith

    Harry Reid is agressively ignorant. He is like a small child craving attention and wants to be part of the problem rather than part of the solution with his look at me attitude of I'm more important than anyone in Washington, even the newly elected president. He is an imbarassement to the Democratic Part as well as the Senate.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  314. Janice Radder

    Reid works for the people as far as I know. And of course senators should assess the plans and ideas of the president whatever party controls the executive branch. However, Reid is sure making a stink bomb for our president -elect, but caved in to push constantly. I think he should be working with Obama, not diss'ing him. Frankly, I think it's long past time for this guy to go. He's acting like a moron.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  315. Kay, O'Brien, OR

    Harry Reid should be working for the people of Nevad and for the people of the United States. However for the lasst eight years, he's worked for George W. Bush and the Dick behind him.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  316. Linda from Maine

    Harry Reid could be the worse nightmare Barack Obama has during this coming administration......Harry is an old ,set in his ways, man......and he is interested in how he looks and is perceived it would seem...he has a bad tendency torun off at the mouth, making promises, statements, directives and then only later finding out the whole situation, truth or what have you, and then having to backstep..he looks weak and uninformed most of the time ...I am a proud Democrat that wishes Reid was not the majority leader......he does not have nor does he share Obama's visions....or his way of doing things.....

    January 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  317. Al in IA

    Just a guess Jack, but ,Harry Reid, being from Nevada, probably really works for the people who butter his bread, the Nevada gaming industry.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  318. Bill, NC

    As an award-winning teacher from N.C., I find Harry Reid's comment perplexing. It is true that Reid does not work for President-elect Obama, just like I never worked for a principal - I worked for the Board of Education. I learned quickly however that if I wanted my voice heard, if I wanted class assignments that made sense, if I wanted the committee assignments I desired, and if I wanted to be successful in my career, I had to work closely with my principals. Senator Reid works for his state electors; true enough, but if he wants the next four years to be successful, he must work as if the President was his boss. His first step in this process would be to stop making proclamations that are offensive and counterproductive. A 21-year old teacher learned this; surely a Senate Majority Leader can too.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  319. Geraldine Bolter

    Being a lifelong Democrat, watching the Dems manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory has been an ongoing shame and disgust. Carter went down in flames due in large part because of Dem party politics. Both Reid and Pelosi need to understand that Obama is the true head of the party at this time. They don't need to rubberstamp, but they do need to add their input and power to making sure that his objectives are made possible. In short, they SHOULD work for the Administration, which is Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  320. Richard, Houston TX

    It's interesting that Harry Reid would make such a comment, considering he apparently thought he worked for President Bush for the last eight years rubber stamping everything Bush asked for.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  321. Chris

    Harry Reid doesn't seem to do much work period. Enough talking and media face time and do something constructive.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  322. Christopher Brennan

    He may think he doesn't work for the President, but he sure does work for the people. Right now Congress, the Senate, and the rest of Washington work for themselves. Everyone seems to know what doesn't work, but it hasn't stopped them from wasting the peoples time and money. While they argue, middle class people and small business have Washington turn their backs on us, all the while throw bailout(tax) money to Corps. that have squandered millions already with the taxpayers money they continue to leave out in the cold. I want to see Washington save millions by re-negotiating their pay, retirements, and benefits like millions of others have had to do! Welcome back to the middle class Washington!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  323. Thom Richer

    I'm not sure who he works for. I think he believes he is self-employed because he sure as hell doesn't work for anyone that I know. His arrogance reminds me of Bush's stupidity.

    Thom
    Negaunee, MI

    January 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  324. Janice Radder

    Reid works for the people as far as I know. And of course senators should assess the plans and ideas of the president whatever party controls the executive branch. However, Reid is sure making a stink bomb for our president -elect, but caved in to push constantly. I think he should be working with Obama, not diss’ing him. Frankly, I think it’s long past time for this guy to go. He’s acting like a moron.

    Janice from L.A.

    Just left my comment - I forgot to say how to refer to me if you pick my comment:

    January 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  325. Michelle

    I would just be happy if he worked......

    January 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  326. M. Evans

    Jack, you're putting the cart before the horse. Harry Reed, along with the rest of Congress, has to actually "work" before they decided "who" they work for.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  327. Irv SMITH

    Hard to tell whom Reid works for. Not Obama, not for the nation's best interest, not for the future of the party. He's as opaque and eloquent as G W Bush. Doesn't say much for the Democrats that they can't find a more effective leader than Harry Reid.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  328. Rod, Kansas

    Jack, I think Harry doesnt think heworks for the Pres. elect, because he is making decisions that will change the outlook of America each day. It seems that Sen. Reid doesnt know for sure what he wants to accomplish this Congressional Session, It seems he is more wishy -washy than working for the American people at least this week.Stay tuned I bet next week he is singing a far different tune. Probably to the tune of I will be working for Barak.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  329. King

    Harry Reid is slowly becoming a modern-day Newt Gingrich. He totally mishandled the Burris situation, and now he is telling us that he doesn't work for the President-Elect. Someone needs to put him in his place. Mr. Reid, you work for the government, and the president is the head of the government.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  330. Jeff Teravainen

    Jack, I usually agree with you, but ...

    No Harry works for 1 of 3 branches of power
    He should have said this ages ago
    They all shoud have, loudly with an impeachment notice

    January 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  331. Chris

    Well, he may be correct. Me thinks ol' Harry works for Ol' Harry and his boss is an idiot. Both Harry Reid and his dingy partisan dance partner Nancy Pelosi should take a hike. The Democrats have plenty of talented idividuals that would better serve these two important political positions presently occupied by Pelosi and Reid.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  332. Jerry Bomba

    It would help the people some if they could count the interest they pay on credit cards off their federal income tax like we could in the 70's and 80's
    jb in Tennessee

    January 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  333. lilacs

    Read the constitution Reid is right . He is hired by the people of nevada to represent them and then to work with the rest of congress and the president todo what is in the best intrest of the citizens of the USA. This is a government of the people by the people and for the people. This was the problem of the bush administration, the believe that it is a goverment of the president by the president and for the president. Weather you agree with Reid or not he is right. His job is to work for the people and with the president

    January 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  334. Jim

    Jack,

    I live in Nevada. Of COURSE Harry Reid doesn't work for Obama. He works for ME. I fully expect that Reid will find much common ground with the President-Elect, and will be able to successfully work with him on a wide range of issues. But if he wants my vote again, he better NOT be a rubber stamp for Obama or anyone else. I want him using his wisdom and experience to evaluate proposed legislation without regard to who the proposer happened to be. I would expect nothing less from any U. S. senator.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    January 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  335. Gabe

    Reid is losing his mind. Perhaps the combination of the Democrats victory along with eight years hatred for the Bush administration has morphed this man into believing that he is above the president.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  336. Marilyn, Oklahoma

    Harry Reid, and all others in Congress and the Senate, are not there to merely rubber stamp any President; however now is the time to concentrate on the issues rather than personality conflicts. It is easy for Reid to say that Bush was the worst President ever; well, the brakes could have and should have been put on some of the things Bush got away with. And Reid may be bristling that President Obama will remind some of them of that very thing.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  337. tontis

    Harry Reid doesn't work for Barack Obama; He works for the people of Nevada and the people of this country. That Democrats have disagreements on policy or nomination issues is just one more piece of proof to my assertion that the reason we are Democrats is that we can agree to disagree in a civil manner; We don't march in goose step! And you can quote me on that!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  338. Jeff in Minnesota

    You bet. And I'm the King of England!

    They may be from the same party, but Harry Reid is not a centrist. Harry Reid is wrapped up in his role in the Senate and could care less about the rest of us. He's still battling the Bush Administration and we will likely see him taking the same role of fighting with the Obama Administration. He sufferes deeply from "Not Invented Here" syndrome in that if he didn't think of it, it cannot be right.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  339. R Harrison Cherry Hill NJ

    Jack i think old do nothing Harry feet is getting too big for his boots now that there is a friendly face wheeling power on Pennsylvania ave come the 20th,why didnt he say that Bush was not his boss.I think he better know only one state voted for him and Polosi each and it was not for president,they better watch their loose talk and finally start working for the people,or we will show the slackers next election all who was slowing down progress at the voting booth.

    We know how they stood by, while the country got rob by those with access to tax payers money that congress and the senate had control of,now suddenly Harry Reed is feeling his power please,it is just a pitty we could not have voted him out and keep the seat in Nevada.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  340. Rich

    Harry Reid is supposed to work for the people of Nevada. Harry Reid works for his own self interest and, as the head of the Democratic Party here in the Nevada, he's done nada to groom young, new Democrats. He is not well loved in this state and a vote for him is better than a vote for the baffoon we have as a Governor. Frankly, 99% of the politicians here are corrupt seasoned criminals. btw I'm a 50 year Democrat. Whoopy!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  341. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    Harry Reid hasn't worked right since his stroke. I hope some responsible citizen shoots me and throws shoes at my family if I am that reckless at Harry's age.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  342. Richard, Atlanta, GA

    No he doesn't work for our new President. Apparently he is working AGAINST him.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  343. Jason Parker

    Is this a serious question? I'm guessing you haven't read The Constitution lately. Maybe look under Article I.
    I voted for Obama, but the Republicans have shown us what happens when the Congress surrenders it's constitutional authorities to the executive. Let's hope for some of that change we've all been hearing about.

    Jason P
    Greenville, SC

    January 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  344. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    He's weak, ineffectual, and crooked. How he got to be majority leader has always puzzled me. How he keeps the position is even more perplexing. I wish there were some way to send his a s s back to Sin City once and for all. He is nothing but an impediment to Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  345. heather vancouver, canada

    As far as I can tell Harry Reid works for himself. His statement appears disrespectful and childish . You have to ask yourself if he is going to do damage the Democratic reputation or if he cares.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  346. Roland

    Reid is correct. He doesn't work for Obama. He works for his special interest groups who got him elected.

    Roland
    St. George, UT

    January 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  347. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, Harry Reid is a legend in his own mind. This idiot would rather hurt the interest of the U.S. than to help fix the problems we face because of his own insecurities. He should grow up and start becoming part of the solution as oppose to being part of the problem.The voters have spoken and the majority have decided on President-Elect Obama and his approach to leading our country back to respectibility. If Harry Reid wanted to become President, then he should have run for the office but he did'nt. Probably because he knew he could'nt win if he did. I hope the voters from his state take a second look at Sen. Reid to deterimine if he truly represents them. If Sen. Reid decides to fight with Obama, then I hope they vote Reid out. America's challanges ahead are bigger than Sen. Reid and hopefully the people of Nevada will see him for who he really is.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  348. Brian Finneran

    With the nation now in the midst of multiple crises: two wars, a worsening recession, and failing state services, this is no time for Senator Reid to declare his "independence" from the one man who was specifically elected to fix those problems.

    We need a plan now which might work. Who better to deliver and manage such a plan? The new guy .. or the 100 old guys who were part of creating this mess?

    Brian Finneran
    Saratoga Springs, NY

    January 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  349. Rod

    Who cares who Harry Reid represents... he's a damn fool who sticks his foot in his mouth at every possible opportunity... and should be tossed out of office to go along with Bush and be his personal butler..!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  350. mad

    someone tell that bum he works for the people who elected him and not the pacs who paid for his influence. voters including yours truly now listen WE DID NOT VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS WE VOTED AGAINST REPUBLICANS!!!!!!! HOW DO YOU GET IT THRU YOUR THIC HEAD!!! another take out the trash day is coming again in November a couple years from now

    January 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  351. Linda from Maine

    Technically only Reid is right........however and that said I would like to ask Reid where was all this independence and willingness to stand up to the President while Bush has been in office,,,the entire congress was one big rubber stamp .????????????????Reid should not be in the position he is in , and he will be a problem for Obama as sure as I am standing here.......

    January 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  352. Bill M

    I would say no he doesn't. Reid is most likely leading to the fact that he works for the people. So does the President. The manner in which the message was delivered wasn't very smart but he's right. He may want to think more about what he's about to say before blurting out.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  353. Mr Dean n Seattle

    It might be time for Harry to learn the chain of command

    January 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  354. Ken McDonald

    Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and a whole lot of others in Congress think like Roland Burris and Gov. Blagojavich: their out for themselves. They think bullying Barack Obama will get the pork they think they're entitled to, and he's promising to cut off in the bills he's trying to sell now, back into the legislation. They're just as disgusting now as they were when they were selling their votes for Bush's every fancy in exchange for their take of past pork that's created the $1.2 trillion deficit they're citing for cause to oppose Barack's proposals now. Just watch: if Obama flinches for just one second and lets some of that pork slip back into the bills, Reid and the rest of them will give their loyalty to him the way they did to Bush.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  355. Julie - Kentucky

    It seems that after 8 years of constitutional upheaval and abuses, we all, including you Jack, need to remind ourselves of how our government was meant to work. I'm sure since Barack Obama was a professor of Constitutional law, he would agree with Harry Reid. The senators represent the citizens of their prospective states and the party with which they associate, along with a president form that same party, if they so choose. Come on, people, let's get it together. We've got 12 days left to start RE-forming a more perfect union.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  356. Frank Torres "Fort Myers, FL"

    Harry Reid needs to understand that this is not the Harry Reid show, he is part of a team we dont need someone negative like this guy. Such a suckup should just keep his mouth shut and give his opinions when needed and if they are positive, you work for the president sir get it right dont get it twisted.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  357. Tom MacDonald

    Congressional representatives in the House of Representatives and Senate would be wise to remember that, Barak Obama’s fortunes changed when this economic crisis hit. He was deemed by the people to be the person who could lead the country from the wilderness. The approval rating of Congress was so low that Democrats would be wise to understand that they were chosen as the lesser of two evils. Failing to give Obama the chance to put his plan into action would be suicide. The electorate would view anyone fighting against the very plan he outlined in the election as being obstructive and divisive. They would be wise to look at Republicans who lost their seat and say to themselves: “There but for the grace of the electorate go I.” Harry Ried beware!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  358. David Janesville WI

    That crazy little man works for somebody but it ain't Barack Obama

    January 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  359. don in naples, florida

    harry reid is a failure, and a divider. He should be ejected from his senate seat. We need solutions!!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  360. Danni

    I honestly don’t know who Harry Reid works for, because there are absolutely no results to show for it. All i know is that he is supposed to work for the people of this great country. Give him some time and he will retract that statement like he did in the Roland Burris incident.

    Danni
    Upland CA

    January 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  361. ken

    Reid works for Reid. Not Obama. Not his employers. He's got his own feifdom and contnually "shoots from the lip" while hitting himself in the foo. He calls a Demcratically crafted bill – Bi-Partisan. He stands at the podium spouting Bi-partisanship while surrounded only by Dems.
    And attached at the hip is Ms. Pelosi. They make such a cute couple. I think they'll both meet their match in Pres. Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  362. Kirk

    No I don't think that Harry Reid works for the President and yes he works with the President; however to say this publicly is in my opinion so stupid. Both the Senate and the House need to figure out a way to work with the President so that what comes out of Congress and the President signs is meaningful for all Americans and not just a select few. I am so tired of hearing all of the fighting and bickering from Congress on whose fault it is and trying to figure out a new way to blame someone. My question to Congress is , Republican-Democrat-Independent, why can't you all find a way to work together to fix what is wrong. There are so many things that to be done that all this in-fighting is stupid. I truly hope something good happens for a change. Thanks Jack for asking these kinds of questions.

    Kirk, Orlando, FL

    January 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  363. Gary, Pismo Beach, CA

    Jack
    Harry Reid would be annoying as an unwelcome neighbor that lives next door, who insist on helping out and offering his opinion on every subject from how you should trim your trees to how trim your wife looks, but fortunately for that poor neighbor and unfortunately for us, he's the majority leader. Its true that both Obama and Reid are elected officials and as such they actually work together to accomplish the people's business, but he errs if he thinks that President-elect Barack Obama will not be his boss after the 20th of this month. It kind of makes you wonder what Harry was real motive was when he made a point of stating that the reason why the black senator (Burris) from Illinois, appointed by the embattled governor there, whom he first rejected, had absolutely nothing to do with race, even though there's only one black senator currently among them. Maybe calling a black man an equal or "Boss" might be a little troubling to Mr. Reid. Nothing exposes a bigot like a new brother on the block.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  364. Barb from Hazel Crest, IL

    No, He doesn't work for Obama, but he does work for the people of America and what we don't need is more bull about nothing. It was a comment that was unnecessary and only cause problems. If you can't say something nice don't say anything.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  365. rpb Viburnum Mo

    Harry Reid is a jellyfish, he has no backbone and should not be the leader in the Senate. We need a hard nosed stand tall kinda guy. When the repubs want to fillabuster make em start talking and have a real fight. Reid just says ok next business repubs say fillabuster ok get the smelling salts. Reid will not help Obama he has no stomach for a fight

    January 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  366. Philip - North Carolina

    Calling Reid "annoying" is an understatement, but it was good hearing it from you, Jack. However, as dictated by the law of the land, he does not work for Obama, he works for Arizona. But he also doesn't work WITH Obama; he is a senator and should be doing his job as a lawmaker, not a cabinet member. Reid's weeklong power-high will come to an end soon enough; he'll realize his power as majority speaker extends to only his branch of government, and that Biden will take care of bringing White House news to the Capitol Building.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  367. Rob , NYC

    No and he doesn't even work for the American people. .... his head is somewhere else and not on his shoulders .I would like someone to tell me what the hell is wrong with that man. Is he a Bush ?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  368. David

    No he doesn't. But , on the other hand after watching Harry Reid over the last few years I have noticed he is basically a complete idiot.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  369. Ben in Guam

    Harry Reid is damn right. Only fools work for Barack Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  370. Annie, Atlanta

    Technically he works for the people of Nevada, but the key word is technically. He uses the “all about him” approach, with a touch of doddering idiot thrown in for good measure.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  371. Mariellen Patrick

    Considering how much H Reid has flip flopped in the last few days, I don't think he knows who he works for and he is not doing a very good job anywah.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  372. BPinIN

    Well in a sense he's right, when you consider what goes on inside the beltway. Those morons in Washington still cant figure out what it takes to get the money moving again. Billions for Wall St and 10 to 20 per week for the working people.......something is wrong with this picture. Oh I forgot its Washington and all its moronic issues. Some one please wake them up

    January 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  373. Larry D.

    Jack,

    I don't know whats got Harry Reid all stirred up all of a sudden it's like he had a bad hair day. I hope that he can work with Obama on things, this doesn't look very good for our country they need to work together along with all the members of congress if we are gonna turn this country in a new direction come January 20, 2009. Here we have president-elect obama and everyone is for themselves and changing there minds. Congress needs to focus on what matters to the america people. We need solutions to these problems

    January 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  374. Frank, Connellsville, PA

    Harry Ried works?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  375. John

    From what I've seen, Harry Reid does what's best for Harry Reid–and sometimes moonlights as a rubber-stamp for George Bush.

    Surely the Democrats could find a better Leader than this.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  376. Jake, Oregon

    He supposedly works for the people of Nevada. Translated loosely it means he should keep his nose out of Illinois politics. He is not the czar of the Senate, he is also an extremely poor leader for bringing up these trivialities when the nation's needs are so much greater. How do we dump this egomaniac?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  377. Velma Champlaoin

    About Reid, He joins the long lines of democrats who seem not to take victory well. Without an opponent they must shoot oneself in the foot. Ergo we play the race card or keep the rumble going or exhibit an attitude of jealousy or just be cantankerous. The fight moves from without to within and definitions are redefined; the commander-in-chief becomes buddy and the leader of the greatest country in the world becomes my gumba. HOw many heads do we have anyway. More than one is a monster. Sorry Mr. Reid, technically you are not operating from the same level as any president. vc

    January 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  378. Frank, Connellsville, PA

    Harry Reid works?

    January 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  379. Audrey O.

    Harry Reid is absolutely right to make the comment that "I don't work for Barack Obama. I work with him". They both work for us. With Reids mentality, there are bound to be fictions but as long as he puts the nation first when 'working with him' , the out-come will be beneficial. Americans are watching closely.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  380. Wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    this question doesn't deserve an answer...

    January 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  381. Erik from Golden, CO

    No, Reid does not work for President-elect Obama. He is supposed to work for us. Unfortunately, it seems as if he's working solely for his ego.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  382. Caroline Moore

    No sooner does President Obama present his plans to help the American people and the economy does our wonderful Congress starts tearing them apart. They are the ones that gave millions and millions to the banking industry and other corporations without enough oversight. Now they are on the air puffing up their chests and talking about their concerns. Even members of his own party!! Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and many others need to take a long hard look at their egos and then check them at the door!! It is time to roll their Armani sleeves, actually start to sweat and help our new President figure out how to get us out of this mess while not selling out our kids.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  383. Sean

    Hi Jack,

    Supposedly, Senator Harry Reid works for the people of Nevada. But in my opinion Mr. Reid is a big mouthed weasel and a sorry excuse for an elected official. He is a man who talks a big game but always seems to mysteriously change his mind when public opinion counters whatever he spouts off about. Maybe Mr. Reid should listen a little more closely to the people he represents before he shoots his mouth off, trying to act like the big man on the Hill. I am an independent and an Obama supporter and my hope is that when the time comes to re-elect Mr. Reid the people of Nevada show the Senator that if you're not part of the solution , you're part of the problem!!

    Sean
    VA

    January 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  384. j/NJ

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he doesn’t work for Barack Obama. Is he right?

    Yes...Reid is a free thinker among other things, agree with him or not there is no reason to believe he will not continue to be a free thinker during the Obama administration simple as that...

    January 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  385. Ron, working in Mexico

    Harry Reid exemplifies the problems with the legislative branch that have occurred since Regan was in office. Democrats were ineffective when they were the majority and folded on every difficult issue when they were in the minority. Reid spent so much time being a "gentleman" that the failed as a leader.

    I hope he's replaced in the next Senate.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  386. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    Harry Reid is just like all other elected officials, including Obama. He works for us – but unlike Obama he sure as hell doesn't seem to think so!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  387. Tav from Waterloo, IA

    Sure, Harry Reid doesn’t work for Barack Obam, Robin doesn’t work for Batman & Sonny didn’t work for Cher
    Harry Reid MIGHT not work for Barack Obama, but if it weren’t for Barack Obama, Harry Reid would be as relevant as Robin and some other dude in tights and Sonny and some other tall chick.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  388. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Harry Reid works for Harry Reid as is evidenced by his comments.

    The problem Obama will face is that to many of our illustrious "leaders" are more concerned about their special interests and getting reelected than they are about what's best for the country. Look at the history of accomplishments by our elected officials and that will tell you what's important to them.

    Of course, maybe I'm just getting cranky in my old age!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  389. Jim Handy

    I hate to agree with Reid, but this time he is right. He does not work for Obama, he works for the people of the State of Nevada. I can however tell you , that as a citizen of Nevada at one time for ten years, that Reid does a terrible job working for the citizens of Nevada also. The only person Harry is concerned about is Harry, well maybe his sidekick, Pelosi.

    Jim

    January 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  390. Eric Bollar

    Maybe he does not work for President -Elect Obama, but he should respect the position and the authority the President has. I do not agree with someone in his position being able to bad mouth our President. Way to go Harry Reid!! Way to lead by example!! Now maybe people can understand why this country is in the debacle it is.

    January 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm |