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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.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 5 months ago

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

woodenfleaeater 9 years, 5 months ago

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

Kyle Reed 9 years, 5 months ago

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

dweezil222 9 years, 5 months ago

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

kathyw105 9 years, 5 months ago

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

countrygirl 9 years, 5 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.

Thinking_Out_Loud 9 years, 5 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.

woodenfleaeater 9 years, 5 months ago

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

TheOriginalCA 9 years, 5 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.

kmat 9 years, 5 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.

kmat 9 years, 5 months ago

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

tunahelper 9 years, 5 months ago

it was those peanut butter sandwich crackers!

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 5 months ago

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

dweezil222 9 years, 5 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?

Flap Doodle 9 years, 5 months ago

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

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