November 21st, 2008
09:26 AM ET
9 years ago

Attorney general collapses giving speech; he's alert in hospital


Watch Mukasey collapse while giving a speech Wednesday night.

(CNN) - U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed while giving a speech Thursday at the Federalist Society dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington.

Mukasey, 67, was giving a spirited defense of the Bush administration's legal policies when his speech began to slur and he lost track of his thoughts about 30 minutes into his talk. Seconds later, he became rigid and then began to slump.

Mukasey was rushed to George Washington University Medical Center, said Peter Carr, a Justice Department spokesman.

"The attorney general is conscious, conversant and alert," said Carr. "His vital statistics are strong and he is in good spirits.

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  1. CR in WI

    Symptoms remind me of a stroke, hopefully the quick treatment minimized the permanent damage. Following Alberto, this guy looked like an alterboy genius, so I am hopeful for his quick recovery.

    November 21, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Nickluas

    I work for Ford Motor Co as a manager. Here is the secrets that the union and Ford executives agreed to:

    1. The UAW workers get 90% of their salary with full medical benefits, if they are laidoff. All the layedoff employees need to do is volunteer in their community 5 days a week. I investigated most of the employees and found they are not showing up for the volunteer work.

    2. UAW employees salary is $25 to $30 an hour Most or not working. They are stand around talking and hiding from their supervisors. Ford do not care about the customer just keeping the uaw happy.

    3. Do not bailout or loan the money. Ford executives will take the money and retire.

    November 21, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. doing whats right

    i'm just glad it was people there to witness it and take him to the hospital.. that would have been all bad if he had been at home or a place by him self... Thank God for that .. wish him the best ...

    November 21, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Kel in Auburn, AL


    November 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Tiffany J

    This does look a bit like a stroke, however it also looks strikingly similar to a seizure.

    November 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Barbara in NC

    Nice that some people have such really good health care benefits. People have babies and are sent home within an hour. A friend had a mastectomy at 9 am and she was home by noon.

    Don't we provide nicely for our government official's health care? Low blood sugar or old age for them gets free overnight stay.

    November 21, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Brad

    He must have stock in GM.

    November 21, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. rich

    Read some report that stated he had a fainting spell. That seems highly unlikely. At a minimum, the man probably had a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attach): temporary low blood flow to his brain secondary to narrowing in his carotid artery(s). I would hope his doctors would study his corotids to rule out corotid disease. It would not suprise me if he doesnt have some artherosclerotic placques in either of them that resulting in this "fainting spell."

    November 21, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Lest we forget, liberals seem to only have sympathy when drunken louts who also happen to be the senior Senator from MA have medical issues.

    November 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    Best wishes for a recovery. God bless.

    November 21, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |


    November 21, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Shari, NY

    I wish him well. He now needs some rest. That spirited defense of Bush was probably the straw that broke the camel's back.

    November 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. tim

    It is really horrible that at a time where this man might have suffered a debilitating condition that people on here are still making politics of it.

    You all disgust me.

    Here is wishing thoughts of a speedy recovery.


    November 21, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. sick n tired

    Although im not a big fan of this man. I do hope he is going to be OK.

    November 21, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. thomas

    Bring back Alberto Gonzalez to fill in before he's formally indicted for obstruction of justice. The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world. The Bureau of Prisons budget has increased by 2000%. Dick Cheney has invested heavily in the Vanguard Group, an investment management company with substantial investments in private detention centers. Some of these prisons have been cited by human rights groups for engaging in cruel treatment of inmates, that includes torture. You do the math. It ain't all that fuzzy.

    November 21, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Jen, Cali

    Guy for Stuff November 21st, 2008 9:38 am ET
    . . . Maybe I'm breaking a taboo here but it looks like he could have been drunk.

    You're obviously an idiot of the first magnitude !!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Jeff Brown

    He's down for the count, just like the GOP!

    November 21, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Pete

    I think he heard the leak about who Obama planned on nominating for AG.

    November 21, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    It may have been a TIA, or mini-stroke. I rember Mayor Ed Koch from NY had one of those a long time ago...

    November 21, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Sorry News

    I hope he has a speedy recovery. My prayers are with him and his family.

    November 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Chris (SC)

    I hope he is ok. No need for politics at a time like this. Get well soon.

    November 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. steve r

    and when this country goes down the drain because of Obama, are all you jerks going to say its karma?

    or even draw a connection between bad usa = bad obama?

    no you will not because you are all mean, bitter, full of hate and control freaks

    November 21, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Matt

    See!!! What a strain it puts on the human brain and body to say aND believe such obviously nonsensical and untrue things.

    November 21, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Pat Pa.

    Why are some of you people so mean and nasty ? The man has a medical problem. This is America and just because someone doesn't agree with you does not mean that you have to wish bad things on them. Remember, " what goes around, comes around ".

    I personally cannot stand Bush, to the point of feeling physically sick when I see him or hear his voice, HOWEVER, I don't wish bad things on everybody connected with him.

    Geezz !!

    November 21, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. chuck


    November 21, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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