May 6th, 2009
08:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Reid discusses Obama's 'I have a gift' quote

(CNN) - In his interview with CNN Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed a 2005 encounter with then-Sen. Barack Obama, when the newly-elected senator declared, "I have gift."

Reid writes in a new epilogue to his book, "The Good Fight," that Obama made the comment after Reid praised him for a speech on the war in Iraq.

"He didn't have an ounce of - it was all humility," he told CNN of the Obama comment which has since drawn some controversy. "I mean, he just looked at me so sincerely, just like, "Harry...I was born to be able to do that."

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  1. SA in OO

    So what's so controversial about that?

    There are presidents who have the ability (whether inherited or cultivated) to give good speaches (Obama, Clinton, and Reagan) and others who can't even speak good English (that would be Bush II).

    May 6, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. WhoisRight

    His talent is the use of a teleprompter, certainly not leadership. Allowing Congress to develop programs, is not leadership. Giving a speech is not leadership.

    May 6, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. HonestMistake

    He was born with the ability to read a teleprompter? Is that genetic?

    May 6, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. stingray1

    We all know now that the only gift Obama has is the gift of GAFFE. He can read a teleprompter, but when he comes off he is a babbling idiot.

    April 7, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  5. stingray1

    It should be clear to all at this point that the gift Obama has is the gift of GAFFE! He can read a teleprompter but when he's off of it he is a babbling dunce.

    April 7, 2014 08:07 am at 8:07 am |