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Robert Byrd, Oldest Senator, Hospitalized


Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), 91, has been hospitalized again, according to his office.

The oldest and longest serving senator in U.S. history was admitted late Friday afternoon with a "spike in his temperature" caused by a "minor infection," according to the statement from his office, which did not identify which hospital.

Spokesman Jesse Jacobs says the senator is "responding well" to antibiotics and is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days.

Byrd, who has been in and out of hospitals for brief stints over the past year and a half, is president pro tempore of the Senate, making him third in the line of succession to the presidency.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 18, 2009; 11:50 AM ET
 
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Its probably swine flu from all that pork he comes into contact with.

Posted by: bill3 | May 18, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The hospital had better count their white sheets before he is discharged.

Posted by: pgr88 | May 18, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Because of Senator Byrd, West Virginia is much better off today...

The so called pork that Senator Byrd got for West Virginia was used to build better roads, new bridges, and fund medical, economic and technology projects that has put West Virginia into the 21th century...

Remember this about Senator Byrd...

Senator Byrd opposed the Iraq war, while everyone else followed Bush like a pack of sheep...

Senator Byrd who once was a member of the KKK as a youth, early on supported Obama for President...

SENATOR BYRD HAS HELPED MOVE WEST VIRGINIA INTO THE 21TH CENTURY...

God Bless Senator Byrd and I hope he spends many more years taking care of West Virginia from the Senate...

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | May 18, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Mary Ann but you do not know your civics! Byrd is not 3rd in line, he is 4th. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is 3rd.

Posted by: jscafetta | May 18, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

No, Mary Ann is correct. The Vice President is first in line. The Speaker is second in line. The President Pro Tem is third in line. The President is the President, so he is not in line.

Posted by: adenotriphosphate | May 18, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

jscafetta: the line of succession to the presidency is 1) the Vice President, 2) the Speaker of the House, 3)the President pro tempore of the Senate, 4) Secretary of State . . . etc., so Hillary Clinton is 4th in line, Byrd is 3rd.

Posted by: leo4mypost | May 18, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The article is correct about the line of succession. Biden is first, Pelosi second, Byrd is third, then come the cabinet beginning with Clinton. Obama as the incumbent is not in line to succeed himself.

Posted by: kguy1 | May 18, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

the junior senator from wv is quietly building senority and respect in the senate.

wv will be fine whenever byrd leaves.

bet he gets the interstate running due west out of norfolk and across the eastern divide into the midwest funded before he goes.

look, it could be worse than having byrd run appropriations all these years.

you saw what stevens did with the bridge to nowhere

Posted by: californicationdude | May 18, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What a wonderful nation it would be if all of our Senators knew & voted the Constitution like the musc beloved Senator Robert Byrd. May God Bless him!
Proud to be a West Virginia girl!

Posted by: perfect10 | May 18, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

it's about time the congress set age limits for their members. byrd probably spends more time in the bathroom than he does in the senate chambers. and, he probably has that old senior ailment CRS -(can't remember sh__)

Posted by: dibick99 | May 18, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd is a brave and couragous man who stood up to the liars who dragged us into war and ruin. Senator Byrd's speeches to Congress were warnings of what we now face today; a war without end, unneeded death and destruction, an army in shambles, huge debt, more enemies, less allies, and bin Laden's laughter.

Posted by: mdenny1 | May 18, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I wish the senator a speedy recovery, but he really, really, really needs to retire.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | May 18, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

jscafetta: Mary Ann Akers is right.

The order of succession is:
VP >> Speaker of the House >> Pres pro tem Senate >> Secy of State >> etc. Sen. Byrd is third IN LINE to succeed the president.

Posted by: MarylandMD | May 18, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd is a brave and couragous man who stood up to the liars

Senator Byrd is a sheet wearing KluKluxKlanner.


Try this: just pretend he is a republican who has been slandered as a racist - rather than a real card carrying kkker. Then maybe you can give him his due.

Until then, stop making excuses for this drooling old racist.

It is astounding to see the looney left turning over rocks to find racist republicans when they have Bobby Byrd in their ranks.

When this old fool dies, will anyone in the MSM - or the sleuth - do a real story describing his kkk background? Or just continue on with the "it never happened" gig.

Media bias? What media bias?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | May 18, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Hope the SOB dies.

Posted by: FridayKnight | May 18, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sad that there isn't more support for term limits. People can load up pork until their last day on earth.

I wish Byrd a speedy recovery, but he really should step down from office.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 18, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Byrd's time is up, not that I wish his demise or mean him unwell. But it is time that this nations faces some basic facts that the rest of the world has a retirement age 65-70, and in the world population, there are far better, more vital and viable people then 80 or 90 year half senile, not very productive and efficient men and women. As is, the US Senate is the most dysfunctional, inefficient and unrepresentative body, that get not much done. It is over loaded with a lot old senile dead wood, most of these people are incapable of rendering their duties. Out of 100 there are at least 10 to 15 who do not even attend any working sessions. They miss crucial votes.

Edward Kennedy is another who has a brain tumor and incapable of rendering his duties.

All over 75 should seriously consider retiring for the country to move forward.

Posted by: goldengate | May 18, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Speaker of the House is third in line (i.e. Pelosci)!!!!!!!! Doesn't say much for the intelligence of Mary Ann!

Posted by: skimom27 | May 18, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"Hope the SOB dies"? What kind of a person are you?

If some of you silver-spoon elites ever tried to raise a family in a state whose economy has been wracked by imperialistic corporations for over a century, you might have a different idea of what constitutes pork and even about whether it's always bad. It's been nice to have some federal laws go our way under Sen Byrd rather than have them go the out-of-state interests' way as usual.

The funny part about some of these posters is that they're no doubt people who think that the multi-millionaire Palin family represents real rural life and who probably cheered when Palin railed against "big city elites" and championed "the real America" in her campaign.

And by the way, Byrd has never made any secret about his KKK past, so it's not like the mythical "MSM" is hiding anything. He discusses it at length in his 2005 autobiography, and I've heard him bring it up and denounce it several times in recent years. So cut the conspiracy theories.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | May 18, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"Speaker of the House is third in line (i.e. Pelosci)!!!!!!!! Doesn't say much for the intelligence of Mary Ann!

Posted by: skimom27 | May 18, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse "

Well, at least she knows how to spell Pelosi and how to read the half-dozen posters here who've shown that she is correct.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | May 18, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Justin Timberwolf? Not bad! Makes me think of a singing NBA star.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 18, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

"Hope the SOB dies". You shouldn't write something awful like that! That's a horrible thing to say...

Posted by: shahpesareh | May 18, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

"The so called pork that Senator Byrd got for West Virginia was used to build better roads, new bridges, and fund medical, economic and technology projects...." all of which he named after himself.

Posted by: Amos2 | May 18, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

That old man has done more in his life than anyone on this blog.
Anyone who spends a few years in the spotlight puts his foot wrong now and then, but I think on the balance he has done a lot for his state and served his country well.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Byrd. We all work hard in West Virginia to improve our standing. Cheers for you.

Posted by: kathyfromWheelingWVa | May 18, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The real unasked question is that of succession.Who will Gov.Manchin appoint if Sen.Byrd dies during Manchin's term.Who will succeed Manchin?Wer'e talking about a big mess if Sen.Byrd dies.

Posted by: henryimaxwell | May 19, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I respect him for his years of service. But it is time for age and term limits. Enough is enough.

Posted by: jdhlaw | May 19, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Third in line, no wait, fourth in line,....umh...who's on first? Good one.

Anyway. As people review Senator Byrd's record, they'll find the good, the bad, and the ugly. Serve as long as he has and there will be plenty to cheer about and more than a few things he wishes turned out otherwise. That's life. He's not responsible for killing anyone (that we know of) and his votes have not contributed to lessening our civil rights; two points many Republicans cannot claim. No, Sen Byrd ain't no saint, but he ran truer to a straight line than most in Congress. I wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Posted by: skiloypet | May 19, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

VirginiaConservative:

Not only is your comment despicably (and from what I've seen of your previous comments, characteristically) vicious, it is untrue--there is no media cover-up about Sen. Byrd's past. He, the people of West Virginia (and the rest of the nation, for that matter) confronted and repudiated that past DECADES ago. He confronted his bigotry and moved beyond it. You, apparently, are still stuck there. And if anyone is "looney," it is you, being so narrow-minded you can look through a keyhole with both eyes.

I wish Sen. Byrd a speedy recovery. While I did wish that he had retired at the end of his last term, he still has my support. And I know that the nation and West Virginia has benefited from his service. Although it is apparently far, FAR beyond your deserving, YOU would have been well-served had he represented you.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | May 19, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Byrd has been a stickler for following Senate rules and one of the better senators in upholding the constitution.

He cannot change his past, but long ago repudiated the racism he once believed in.

I wish him good health.

Posted by: CharismaticPriest | May 19, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

In response to pgr88's "many more years".Get real or 'wake up and smell the coffee': Good grief; the man is 91. How long should you expect him to live? Ordinary people must retire at 65; politicians like the old soldiers just 'fade away'..... with top dog salaries of course!

Posted by: mpomroy | May 20, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

SOME OF THE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE IS TRUE.HE BYRD SHOULD RETIRE ALONG WITH TED
KENNEDY BUT THEY WILL NOT.IT IS A SHAME THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS SITUATION.EVERY TIME THIS IS BROUGHT UP FOR A VOTE IT IS TURNED DOWN.THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE GOVENING BODY WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY.MAYBE SOME DAY THE VOTERS WILL WAKE UP AND GET THE "OLD TIMERS" OUT OF OFFICE .BUT THIS WILL NEVER
HAPPEN AS LONG AS THEY'THE OLD TIMERS" LIKE BYRD BRING ALL THE "PORK" BACK TO THEIR STATE LIKE THEY DO.I ADMIRE BYRD AND KENNEDY FOR THEIR STUPIDITY BY STAYING IN OFFICE.AT LEAST IF THEY STAY IN OFFICE LONG ENOUGH THEY WILL BE MEMORIALIZE AS GREAT PEOPLE OF WHICH THE NEWS MEDIA IS GREAT TO DO AFTER THEY PASS ON.TOO BAD NO ONE WILL MENTION BYRD'S KKK YEARS OR TEDDY' INCIDENT WITH HIS "SECRETARY" IN 1969.THE NEWS MEDIA GETS AMNESIA WHEN IT COMES TO THIS MATTER.ALSO THE FACT THAT EVEN WITH THE REPUBLICANS IN OFFICE BYRD KEPT HIS SENATE AND IT EVEN GOT REMODELED TO THE COST OF 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS.TOO BAD THE NEWS MEDIA NEVER PICKED UP ON THAT BUT THE NEWS MEDIA WILL NEVER TELL YOU THE TRUTH.MUST BE NICE TO HAVE ALL THE TIME IN OFFICE AND STILL BE TREATED LIKE A KING SUCH AS BYRD HAS BEEN OVER THE YEAR.

Posted by: Rmarks003 | May 20, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

A fair and considerate man would of retired several years ago. Hopefully he will come to his senses and will say Thank You and good bye. A good pro athlete goes to around 40 then their mental and physical condition starts to drop and is no longer 100%. 45 and out sounds good to me.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | May 20, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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