May 18th, 2009
04:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Byrd hospitalized for infection

West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized last week.
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized last week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized late last week for a temperature spike caused by an infection, according to a statement released by Byrd's office Monday.

Byrd, a 91-year-old Democrat, entered the hospital last Friday afternoon as precautionary measure. He is "being treated with antibiotics, responding well, and is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days," according to the statement.

Byrd was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958.


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  1. CC

    Man, I love all the Whiners and Crybabies complaining about oh, how terrible to talk bad about "Father Time." Hey idiots, he screwed you at some point in your political beliefs and spent a ton of your money on his backwards state while wearing a white sheet. So get a grip you bunch of Va JJs.

    May 18, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Ennis, LA

    To think...he's ahead of Ted Kennedy in seniority by just 3 years!

    TERM LIMITS...where are you when we need you?

    May 18, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Adam

    Anyone who thinks he is too old to be Senator is just jealous that he isn't there own. He has done more for the state of West Virginia than any other Senator has ever done for their own home state.

    May 18, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    Doug, NJ @ 1:54

    Ah, you're back with your spiel.
    What the democratic party is all about? Pray tell, what would that be?

    Oh, I see, you mean "hate". Yeah, I have seen in your posts and those of your fellow whiny right wingers what compassion you have for those who don't agree with your narrow views.

    May 18, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Maybe Byrd should retire–for his own good, and the good of the country.

    May 18, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    Obama will personally kick him out and hand pick his replacement. Get used to our new dictatorship. Don"t believe me? Just ask the ex-GM CEO...

    May 18, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Kyle, Albany, NY

    A lot of folks are talking about term limits and associating it with a person's age - this is simply unfair and discriminatory.

    I completely agree that there should be term limits for all elected officials. However, a person's age should not determine if they should be serving or not - it's their capabilities.

    Remember when some Democrats/Liberals tried to say John McCain was too old and it was unfair? Well, it is the same type of unfairness to say Robert Bydd is too old.

    Age discrimination is just wrong.

    May 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Gus

    Pork has kept him in office. Voting as a "term limit" is BS as long as the incumbent can "bring home the bacon".

    May 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Melanie

    Term limits, please!!! I don't care how good he is, this gig was not meant to be a career...

    May 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Matt in CT

    "Anyone that is in the hospital should be sent warm wishes.

    Oh, but thats right….Republicans only think evil thoughts."

    I'm sure "Marc" was referring to the jokes his friends make any time Dick Cheney is in the hospital – or the cracks people were making when Ronald Reagan was in the end stages of his battle with Alzheimers, right?

    What a hypocrite Marc is. Not suprising, sadly.

    May 18, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Peter E

    I think members of Congress need to have a mandatory retirement age, just like the rest of us do all over America. These people are constantly sick, don't fulfill their taxpayer paid duties, and are way out of touch with even people in their 60s, one generation after them! Or at least impose term limits, just like we have for the president.

    May 18, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. David

    It's great that Byrd will get world-class health care, but that remains a distant dream for so many around the world. The U.S. should do more to address severe health inequality around the world. The Borgen Project has good info on the estimated cost of ending global poverty:

    $30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.

    $550 billion: U.S. Defense budget.

    May 18, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. . . . . .

    WOW. You people are harsh!

    Whatever happened to a simple "Hope you get well soon!"?

    Geez. Go learn some manners, all of ya!

    May 18, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. southerncousin

    The dope smokers are amazingly active on this one. They make fun of southerners and yet this one and that other idiot senator from West Virginia who has never really worked a day in his life both democrats continue to be elected.

    May 18, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Andi

    Matt: so because some people were nasty when Cheney and Reagan were sick it means it's ok to be nasty years later when someone else is sick? I hope you don't teach your children to behave like that. There comes a point where a rational adult can make the decision to be a 'bigger' person than one who thinks two wrongs make a right. I certainly did not wish any ill towards any Republicans when ill, but because someone else did you cannot paint the rest of us with the same brush. You should also ask nothing less of others as you ask of yourself.

    May 18, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. MM

    Glad I'm not the only one that thinks TERM LIMITS!! Goodness....

    May 18, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Dems are Hypocrites

    I love the mental midget Democrats on here lecturing the Republicans to lay off Byrd when these are the same people that made personal attacks on President Bush for the last 8yrs. GW Bush has about 3 times the class and integrity as any democratic president that has served in the last 50 yrs and you still attacked the man. Just remember you idiots what comes around goes around and what you did to Bush will come back on you 10 fold. BTW Pelosi is finished and 2010 is looking alot better every day you keep that lying sack of ___ in office.

    May 18, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Get on with the problems at hand.

    While I don't wish him ill, I do wish he would retire and let a younger head take over. WE need to demand term limits for the house and senate....

    May 18, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Love it! Or Leave it!

    Too bad he doesn't like to fish.

    May 18, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. andrewstl

    dont want to see him or anybody sick . but, term limits would benefit the country as a whole.

    May 18, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    I wish him a speedy recovery but, yeah: TERM LIMITS!

    The methuselahs in Congress have got to go!

    May 18, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Ekbaaaaaaal from AZ

    91!!! A Party of Young "Democratic" People

    May 18, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. @BigMisterC

    Geez... so much hostility. Between all the talk of pork (of which almost every senator is guilty) and term limits (so what!?) it seems that too many people are forgetting that Senator Byrd is first and foremost a HUMAN BEING. Have a little dignity, restraint and respect, for crying out loud. Whatever your idealogical view may be or whatever your opinion of Senator Byrd may be the only thing you are accomplishing by behaing this way is establishing what a disgusting human being YOU are.

    May 18, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Charm

    If West Virginians wanted a different Senator they would have voted Bryd out. For people complaining this guy is too old to serve, age discrimmination is a great thing unless you're the one being discrimminated against.

    Get well soon Sen. Byrd.

    May 18, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Susan

    Senator Byrd is a member of the intelligentsia, and federalist at heart.
    • A pure Statesmen and public figure supporting ratification of the Constitution of the United States and Federalist because he supports the documents associated with their movement.

    • He is entitled to stand shoulder to shoulder with public figures Presidents George Washington, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton who are hero's of this wondrous nation, America.

    • I commend and respect Senator Byre for his astute loyalty to the American people. Get well quick, the nation needs you!

    May 18, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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