Kennedy and Byrd Collapse at Obama Luncheon
Breaking news from the Obama luncheon from WaPo’s Paul Kane:
Sens. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.), 91, and Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is recuperating from brain cancer, were both just taken from the presidential luncheon by medical staff.
Before being taken from the room, Kennedy had begun shaking and convulsing, according to a Senate staffer at the luncheon, and appeared to be having a seizure. At that point reporters were not allowed in the luncheon. His head was moving back and forth as a woman held him, said the staffer. His apparent seizure occurred moments after Byrd, who was sitting at the same table as Kennedy, was taken from the room by staff.
Obama began his remarks to congressional leaders at the luncheon by addressing the apparent seizure suffered by Sen. Kennedy, saying his “prayers are with him.”
While I genuinely wish these men a speedy recovery, it’s long past time for them to exit the stage gracefully. There comes a point when public life should end and private life should begin. They both passed that milestone sometime during the Reagan administration.
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