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Like many Westerners, he calls it as he sees it, can have a short fuse, and is not high on social graces. The Senate majority leader remains a pivotal ally who handed over a Las Vegas jackpot when he helped deliver ex-GOPer Specter to the Democrats. Specter, taking heat from Republicans for favoring the stimulus, reportedly vented with both Reid and Vice President Joe Biden. Reid, 69, in the Senate since 1987, is effusive in praise for Obama and Biden.
Obama has his fair share of both friends and foes in Congress. Do you agree with our list of Obama's key allies and reliable opponents?