Harry Reid is the master of the Washington insult

No one is safe from this "golden-tongued devil."

“I’m just who I am, O.K.?” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once told The New York Times.

The Nevada Democrat had recently come under fire after a book quoted him saying that Barack Obama was elected president in part because he was a "light-skinned" black man and had "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

It's no secret that the 73-year-old Reid, the most powerful man in the Senate, has a sharp tongue. Despite his slim stature and soft, whisperlike voice, Reid is a master of the art of the insult. With a few exceptions, Republicans are almost always the target of his ire.

“I didn’t take lessons on how to speak on television, and I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about who I am," Reid went on to tell the Times. "I don’t like to read stuff about me, but I’ve become accustomed to it: you know, ‘Reid misspeaks.’ I’d rather people were saying, ‘Oh, that guy is a golden-tongued devil.’"

As a tribute to the Senate's golden-tongued devil, Yahoo News has accumulated some of Reid's greatest hits.

Reid rarely missed an opportunity to crack on former President George W. Bush.


(Source: Washington Post. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Not even his puppy was safe! (RIP, Barney.)

(Source: New York Times. Photo by Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)

Reid isn't a fan of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, either.

(Source: CNN.com. Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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When the Las Vegas Review-Journal irked him:

(Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney:

(Source: Huffington Post)

This is what he said about his 'friend,' Arizona Sen. John McCain:

(Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal. Photos by Alex Wong/Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Source: Washington Post. Photo by David S. Holloway/Reportage by Getty Images)

When reporters wrote stories about the Democrats' energy policy that Reid didn't care for:

(Source: FoxNews.com. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This is his favorite word to describe conservative Republicans in the House:

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And when his Senate colleagues got too rowdy on the floor, Reid dropped the hammer on all of them:

(Source: Washington Post. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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