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Lion of the Senate Feels Fine

Ted Kennedy acted as if he were surprised at the question.

"Fine," he said, seemingly puzzled that people would be inquiring about his health. "I feel fine."

And he looked fine, too: His white mane neatly trimmed, his complexion in its trademark ruddy hue, and his midsection still ample. Kennedy walked with a silver-handled cane, but he otherwise showed no evidence of brain cancer or chemotherapy treatment.

His return to the Capitol, celebrated with a photo op outside the Russell Rotunda, was greeted as a major news event. There were five television cameras, several times that many reporters and photographers, and cops to maintain order.

"One minute!"

"You good, Charlie?"

"Heads up! Here he is!"

"I see him!"

Kennedy emerged from the elevator accompanied by his wife, Vicki, and their two Portuguese Water Dogs, Splash and Sunny. (Note to the Obamas: a hypo-allergenic breed!)

The lion of the Senate made a few perfunctory remarks for the cameras ("looking forward to the session") and voiced hope that a universal health care bill would be introduced early next year ("Barack has indicated that this would be a prime issue, and I believe that it will be"). One of the dogs let out a whine during the brief appearance, though it could not be determined whether the perpetrator was Splash or Sunny. According to the Boston Globe's Susan Milligan, a Kennedy family chronicler, Splash is Sunny's uncle.

Kennedy turned his attention to the canines. "All right, say hello. Say hello," he commanded the dogs, then asked the reporters: "Did you say hello to Splash and Sunny? They missed you too. And they're behaving very well today. They're trying to decide which one is going to be top dog."

Kennedy walked into the caucus room, where his staff greeted him with cheers and a "Welcome, back, Senator" banner. Moments later, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), rumored to be a candidate to be appointed to fill Obama's Senate seat, walked by the scene. "Checking out office space?" the Post's Shailagh Murray inquired.

The baby-faced congressman gave an embarrassed laugh. "Not even close," he protested.

By Dana Milbank  | November 17, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
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Have you considered a promising career with the National Enquirer? Please, don't insult your readers. BRITNEY SPEARS might have a post for you this week

Posted by: yinyin61 | November 17, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Dana has lost his repertorial edge, having been subjected to the Obama charm, just as Chris Matthews was. The two peas in a pod are OD'ed on BO.

Posted by: pKrishna43 | November 17, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

What are the water dogs for? I case he drives another mistress into a lake??? He won't have to leave her there this time?

Posted by: trjn30 | November 17, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Dana is wonderful, and Ted is a true American hero.

It's funny how all the right wingnuts scurry about like roaches these days, never with anything important to add but always leaving a rather disgusting trail.

Posted by: Dawny_Chambers | November 17, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for saying what I was thinking, Dawny.

Posted by: ctnickel | November 17, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

And the repub haters have the nerve to wonder why we the people finally came to our senses and rejected the vile and vitriol they stand for.

Best wishes for your continued recovery Senator Kennedy!

Posted by: roxlaw | November 17, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Slow news day Dana?

Posted by: patrick69_69 | November 17, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

so tell me again please what this bum has done besides leaving the drunken scene of an accident just to save his own skin and to leave a young lady to die??????

Posted by: ALSharpton | November 17, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Great to know that Ted is feeling so well.

Posted by: Jeff-for-progress | November 17, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

who cares!!! hopefully the tax payers will get more of an honest day work from the dogs

Posted by: ALSharpton | November 17, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The real story is that after so many years of work and fighting for the people against the corporate greed that has controlled our government (via the Republicans), Senator Kennedy can see the time shortly ahead where the needs and concerns of the citizens will finally be more important and have more power than the gluttonous appetite of the wealthy and the corrupt.
I am extremely happy to see him live to see the day.

Posted by: Arjuna9 | November 17, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

IF you don't know what Senator Kennedy has done doing his time in the Senate, why don't you try doing a Google search on him instead of posting nasty comments. I can't believe (although I shouldn't be surprised) how nasty and ugly some people can be. The Republicans seemed to be happy and cheerful while their party pretty much destroyed the everything about this country: the economic system, the environment, the standard of living of avg americans, the view of america overseas...However, instead of offering insights or suggestions for improvement, they continue the politics of destruction. Grow up and move on.

Posted by: mykaladrian | November 17, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

It's been thirteen days since the election and not a decent article by you since then.

You're in a slump kid...

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | November 17, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Dana always criticizes BO. I guess some people are so vengeful of Obama that the whole the existence of world (especially anything bad with it)needs to be somehow linked to Obama.

I did not see a single post by Dana unduly supporting Obama.

"Dana has lost his repertorial edge, having been subjected to the Obama charm, just as Chris Matthews was. The two peas in a pod are OD'ed on BO."
Posted by: pKrishna43 | November 17, 2008 2:05 PM

Posted by: DrCha | November 17, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

well I did google LOSER and Sen-Do-Nothing-Good for -anyone but himself- Kennedy- picture was the first and most popular choice...oh my

Posted by: ALSharpton | November 17, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, all the wingnut whiners are out tonight, I see.

Senator Kennedy looked wonderful. Good health to you, sir.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | November 17, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The Kennedy family has a long history of bahing, raping, killing, and hurting women. No wonder they backed Obama and turned on Clinton. They have secured their position of supreme rulers of the Democratic party for another generation.

Here is one woman who laments it for both myself as well as my two daughters!

Posted by: mgd1 | November 17, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Senator Kennedy.
Sharpton (anything but):
Hie your rear back to that cesspool, the American Spectator or that propaganda tract, the Washington Times.
Leave us -- real people -- and please don't come back.
I won't even suggest you figure out how to develop some class.
You wouldn't know what I was talking about.
Go where you're in similar company.
We're sick of your partisanship here.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | November 17, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the post, Dana.

It's good to see the old lion remains in fine form. Here's hoping he makes great use of whatever time remains for him.

Posted by: kim4 | November 17, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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