"Harry, I wouldn't be the senator or the man that I am today without you," Schumer sniffed. His voice quivered with unbelievable emotion as he spoke on Capitol Hill.
Reid picked Schumer to be his replacement as the top leftist instead of Illinois' Dick Durbin, who is the second-ranking in the chamber.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I will miss you," Schumer said in closing. "It will be quite some time until we see another like Harry Reid. Until then, this portrait will have to do."
Schumer spoke for 15 minutes before the farewell portrait of Reid was unveiled. (Rumor has it that John Boehner has a similar portrait of Reid made of cork that he used as a dartboard.)
Reid has been in the Senate for 30 years and over a decade as the top Democratic "Nay Sayer."
He is responsible for helping President Obama get ObamaCare passed in 2009, which has been steadily increasing in cost and causing the top healthcare insurance providers from dropping out of the system.
Because of Reid, the Republicans now control the Senate and can use his "nuclear option" where a simple majority is needed to pass legislation. What he thought would give more power to the Democrats has come back to bite him on the buns. He leaves the Democratic Party now that they've lost control of the Senate in 2014 and failed to get it back in 2016.
Reid, 77, is the third-longest-serving Senate leader in US history.
Reid, an admitted liar regarding Mitt Romney's tax returns and many other issues, he leaves with a remarkable history that includes helping pass finance reform and take with him a whole lot of money that most civil servants would love to have. Remarkable.
Soon, perhaps, Nancy Pelosi will follow in his footsteps and 'get out of Dodge.'