November 21st, 2008
09:26 AM ET
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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. Scott, Wichita

    Amazing, isn't it?
    The same people who demanded that we show respect for Teddy Kennady are now using another politicians bad health to poke fun at Bush.

    What hypocrits...

    November 21, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. mitch

    maybe barack should just let him stay on ,along with gates. it's starting to look like a bush/clinton administration ,anyway.

    November 21, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Andrew

    I am glad he is ok.

    I am shocked that only three people that posted have a heart, the rest of you just type away saying "he had this coming" or what ever. We are people and we should be concerned when members of OUR gov't are ill.

    For the three that are respectful, good for you and the rest of you think what you typed, because Karma is a ...... when she comes around.

    November 21, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. jenny

    The Attorney General should have been giving a speech defending the ILLEGAL POLICIES of George W Bush. I hope he recovers to speak the TRUTH next time.

    November 21, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. John in Ohio

    Angry hand of God?

    November 21, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. thriveblogger

    I may not like his policies, and I truly despise the way he 'practices law', but do hope he fully recovers.

    November 21, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Pat F

    How really mean you Obamatons are.

    Try and listen really, really carefully to the following:

    God is not a Democrat. Obama is not the Messiah.

    November 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    I hope he is alright! Godspeed dear sir!

    November 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Mary

    I am sure if this was Nobama – you mean spirited people would crying and wanting the world to come to a stand still!!!! Shameless idots – this guy is a human being!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Shannon

    He collapsed while defending Bush policies…

    November 21, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Shannon

    He collapsed while defending Bush policies…

    November 21, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Thomas

    I hope he gets better soon and that this is not a sign of a greater illness.

    November 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Matt

    You people really are sick...The man just collapsed and the messages read "karma" and cheaney is next. The bitterness that all you people have has certainly swayed your judgement. I know you all have plenty of failures in life but not all is to be blamed on the disasterous Bush administration.

    November 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Simmy

    May you have a speedy recovery Mr. Mukasey. We are praying for you!

    November 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Matt in Dallas

    you guy's are sick.... wish the guy well and leave him alone. also, take off your DEM blinders and really look at some of the Bush policies, they weren't bad at all.

    November 21, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Just another CNN poster

    Fainting spell my butt. You don't lose your ability to find and form words from a fainting spell.

    Even if it was a mini stroke, they still can't be honest.

    All that aside, I wish him and hope he gets better soon.

    November 21, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Saad from NJ

    Sincerest Well wishes to you AG... but please refrain from doing what you were doing when you collapsed. Not because I don't want you to be doing 'THAT' but because if you do, it'll happen again and believe you me, there is enough bad news in the market, we do NOT want to hear about you collapsing again. Once again, sincerest well wishes for you and your family sir.

    November 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Noah

    You Liberals are disgusting. You find joy in the news of a Republican collapsing yet just a few months ago when Ted Kennedy fell ill you were beside yourselves and called for everyone including Republicans to pray for him. Hypocrites.

    November 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Sarge in Florida

    God is paying him back for covering up the Bush/Cheney/Rummy LIES..I would suggest that all the others who have LIED for Bush repent immediately...GOD is watching this country. Was there a priest nearby when Mukasey collapsed?

    November 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Carol

    I believe someone needs to look at term limits in Washington,some of these people are way beyond the point of being useful.

    November 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Linda - WI

    Drunk? I don't think so because he was speaking just fine prior to his collapse. Like others suspect, I'm thinking he could have had a small stroke. Glad he's feeling better today.

    November 21, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Jon

    To those of you making the predictable "he fainted because of [fill in the blank anything to do with Bush]" comments:

    You are low-lifes.

    November 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Iowa Mom

    Aw, I hope he gets better soon! I hate seeing things like this happen to anyone, no matter if I dislike them or not.

    November 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Kate

    Get well, AG! Take it easy. It's a tough job and you need a break.

    November 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Dorothy, Kansas

    Why isn't the retirement age extended to politics?! Why are these old people allowed to practically die in their positions? They are too old and this is ridiculous! After a certain age there should be a cut-off point and they should be required to turn in their congress pin! I'm so glad we didn't hire a 72 year old president! Wake up people! These men are too old, get them out!!

    November 21, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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