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Democratic Sens. Byrd, Kennedy leave Obama luncheon early; Kennedy said to be ill

January 20, 2009, 1:59 p.m. Updated January 20, 2009, 4:42 p.m.

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— Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, ill with a brain tumor, was hospitalized Tuesday but quickly reported feeling well after suffering a seizure at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama.

“After testing, we believe the incident was brought on by simple fatigue,” Dr. Edward Aulisi, chairman of neurosurgery at Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released by the senator’s office. “He will remain ... overnight for observation, and will be released in the morning.”

The statement said the 76-year-old senator “is awake, talking with family and friends, and feeling well.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W., Va., told reporters that Obama noticed when Kennedy became ill, and rushed over to his table.

“There was a call for silence throughout the room,” he said. “The president went over immediately. The lights went down, just to reduce the heat, I think.”

In his remarks, Obama said his prayers were with the stricken senator, his family and wife, Vicki.

“He was there when the Voting Rights Act passed, along with John Lewis who was a warrior for justice,” the newly inaugurated president said.

“And so I would be lying to you if I did not say that right now a part of me is with him. And I think that’s true for all of us,” Obama said.

“It looked like a seizure,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who said he was with Kennedy until they reached the ambulance.

Kennedy has suffered previous seizures since he became ill and underwent surgery last summer.

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., quoted Kennedy as saying, “I’ll be ok, I’ll see you later” as he was put into the ambulance.

“The good news is he’s gonna be fine,” Dodd added.

Kennedy, 76, had appeared in good health and spirits hours earlier when he stepped out of the Capitol and onto the inauguration platform where Obama took the oath of office. His endorsement for the former Illinois senator had come at a pivotal point in the Democratic presidential race, and the older man campaigned energetically for the younger one.

Kennedy has suffered seizures since he was stricken and had surgery for his tumor last year, but it was not known what caused him to fall ill at the early afternoon lunch.

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale said Kennedy was swapping stories with others at their table when “something happened. I don’t know what it was, he just stopped.”

“It was really kind of a shock to us all,” he added.

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 91, also left the luncheon early, but his office and others said his health was not the reason.

Byrd “is currently in his own office...and is doing fine, though he remains vcery concerned about his close friend, Ted Kennedy,” said Mark Ferrell, a spokesman for the West Virginia Democrat.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 2 months ago

Any thinking person who sees the direction the Democratic party is going will feel ill.

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dweezil222 5 years, 2 months ago

75x55 (Anonymous) says… Can anyone tell me why Robert Byrd is still in the Senate?=================================How old was Strom Thurmond when he finally kicked? 103?

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vanguard3 5 years, 2 months ago

Nobody hates Kennedy, just saying that after his righteous pontification, he's got some judgment coming, as we all do. The justice we mete out to others will be meted back. Kennedy's calls for social justice always ignored the injustice he did to a relatively non-deserving individual of the fate she got, n'est pas? Funny how the human mind works to ignore the most obvious flaws when pointing out those of others in the name of what is right.By the way, who was that pompous @$$ of a preacher at the end of the inauguration today that started spouting some Muhammad Ali brand of horse$hit rhyme about "if you're white, you must do right"? Does this short-sighted, little individual assume that there are whites who have not done right their entire lives, essentially minimizing any and all efforts by whites to be decent and treat all others as human beings? There are some of us out here with a heart. Maybe I heard it wrong, but it sure sounded like that fat punk intentionally made race an issue at an American event, where race should not be a divisive issue, according to the newly elected. And what was the first part of his canned saying? Does anyone know where I can get a transcript so as to rip this individual a new one? Whoever invited this guy to the party did not show a great deal of wisdom.

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jumpin_catfish 5 years, 2 months ago

hatin' on kennedy, hatin' on bush guess we got some haters here in larryville.

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byebyeBush 5 years, 2 months ago

tunahelper suxass and needs an a$$ whoppin

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byebyeBush 5 years, 2 months ago

Where is madmike and his hate?Perhaps he is drunk or got another DUIphuck that pig.

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vanguard3 5 years, 2 months ago

Nutterbutters got the double whammy going on. Peanutty, at this point, is not good.

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tunahelper 5 years, 2 months ago

it was those peanut butter sandwich crackers!

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offtotheright 5 years, 2 months ago

kind of shows you the inteligence of the one doing the picking!

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offtotheright 5 years, 2 months ago

Geithner prepared his own tax returns and flubbed them, $42,700 in back taxes and penalties owed! But don't fret, he paid $26,000 of that amount after Hussein nominated him.Real honest guys there.

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vanguard3 5 years, 2 months ago

I concur with XD40. While Mr. Kennedy, ill or not, has looked down his nose at others and preach accountability for absolution of way-past sins committed, he has ducked all responsibility for intentionally drinking and causing the death of another human being. All of the glib "shoot in the face with a shotgun" commentary does not relieve Mr. Kennedy of that responsibility. As a self-avowed Catholic, he will have to make amends with God. This thought is a ray of hope on an otherwise troubling day for this nation.

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offtotheright 5 years, 2 months ago

I don't blame these two for getting sick. This whole thing has made me quite sick also!One humerous thing is watching all the blacks in the audience chanting 'obama' 'obama', while thinking 'i took care of him, and now he's going to take care of me. Don't have to worry about my morgage, putting gas in my car.....'lmao!

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kmat 5 years, 2 months ago

75x55 - remember, we are talking about W. Virginia. :-) One of the few states that makes KS look somewhat good.

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75x55 5 years, 2 months ago

"There is truly nothing more complicated to it than that."Technically speaking, it is that simple.That just begs other questions, though, doesn't it? :)

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kmat 5 years, 2 months ago

TheOriginalCA - you should really be ashamed of your comment. Bush isn't fighting cancer. If you listen to him, you'd think he had a brain tumor affecting his speach, but he doesn't. Millions are just happy that he's gone and singing a happy song. Ted is most likely going to pass soon. The man is trying to live as normal of a life as he can in his last days.I lost my sister to cancer a couple years ago, my mother and aunt are survivors. You have to be a real *sshole to to even joke about someone passing from cancer.I feel for you. You have no soul.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 2 months ago

"Surely, you can't be serious?"Don't call me Shirley.

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TheOriginalCA 5 years, 2 months ago

Should we sing the nah nah nah nah hey hey hey goodbye song to Eddie just like what was sung to George Bush today? Eddie is going south real soon.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 2 months ago

"I heard about Kennedy, what the hell happened to Byrd?" - dweezil222Nothing really, I'm guessing Exalted Cyclops Byrd just had enough.

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 2 months ago

Multidisciplinary....Surely, you can't be serious?

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Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 2 months ago

75x55 asked "Can anyone tell me why Robert Byrd is still in the Senate?"I can. And it is because a majority of those casting ballots in West Virginia every six years vote for the Senator. There is truly nothing more complicated to it than that.

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countrygirl 5 years, 2 months ago

Geez people--the man has a brain tumor. My best friend's mom just died from this kind of thing and it's not pleasant and certainly not something to be making jokes about.

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75x55 5 years, 2 months ago

Can anyone tell me why Robert Byrd is still in the Senate? Honestly, is there no other pork-barrel-spending acquirer of sufficient ability in the entire state of West-by-God-Virginia that could replace him? We all understand the Kennedy thing - he's holding on to pass the dynasty baton off to Caroline. The heck with term limits - it's about genetics!

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kathyw105 5 years, 2 months ago

woodenfleaeater, that has got to be one of the best responses I've heard thus far on any post:)

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

You think the J/W comments are something, read all of the others from other press releases. Byrd, didn't like the clientele at the dinner and Ted just had too much for one day, after all the guy is sick. But he like the democrats in Lawrence just can't pass up a free lunch and another meeting to be seen in public.

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dweezil222 5 years, 2 months ago

I heard about Kennedy, what the hell happened to Byrd?

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 2 months ago

I don't know how many times I told the planning committee not to have an open bar for lunch.

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Kyle Reed 5 years, 2 months ago

And the winner with the "Thinnest thread of an assocation to bash Bush" award goes to beobachter! Congratulations!

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 2 months ago

sounds like a couple of folks had the fish instead of the chicken.

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beobachter 5 years, 2 months ago

When does W get to make peace with all those he's responsible for causing to die?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

If he'd have just shot her in the face with a shotgun...

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XD40 5 years, 2 months ago

Teddy gets another chance to make peace with Mary Jo Kopechne.

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