Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig has been admitted to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, a hospital spokesman said.
Haig, 85, is at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said the spokesman, Gary Stephenson.
He was admitted on January 28 and is in critical condition, Stephenson said.
Haig was a top official in the administrations of three presidents - Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.
He served as Nixon's deputy assistant for national security affairs beginning in 1970, then in January 1973 became vice chief of staff of the Army.
"His departure from the Nixon administration proved to be short lived," the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Web site says in a biographical note on Haig. "Four months later, on May 4, 1973, he returned to the White House as chief of staff at the request of the president to fill the vacuum created by H.R. Haldeman's resignation on April 30."
Nixon's resignation came that August.
Haig then became supreme allied commander over NATO forces in Europe until 1979.
He left the military for the private sector, but returned to serve as Reagan's secretary of state in 1981. He resigned the following year.
Haig ran an unsuccessful bid for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.
Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. was born December 2, 1924, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He attended the University of Notre Dame for two years before transferring to the U.S. Military Academy in 1944. After his graduation in 1947, he served in Japan. He later served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff in Japan during the Korean War.
Hope all goes well for you Former SoS Haig.
I wonder who is in charge now?
Wish Mr. Haig all the best in his revovery! Good luck!
The republican Saviour's SecStat is layed up in a hospital. If I wanted to be nasty like conservatives, I could wish he croaks as the conservatives on this blog wished upon Rep. Murtha a week ago. But that's the difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals don't wish death upon Americans. Conservatives do. I bet any amount of money that the guy who flew the plane into the IRS office building was a conservative. Conservatives are terrorists.
Is he the man who said "I am in charge" when Reagan was shot?
I remember Haig when Reagan was shot and unfortunately he wasn't VP. But get well Mr. Haig.
Now there was a serious nut bag of a right winger.
I hope he has a quick recovery. No matter which side of the political spectrum you're on, people's health and families should be non-political.
Wow! I remember him for stepping up and courageosly but erroneously saying "I'm in chargehere! When Prez Reagan was shot. A tough guy.
Another arrogant Repug
He probably thinks he is 'still in charge'.
god bless you for your service!
So, wait a sec... when Al Haig gets hospitalized, who's in charge?
Get well soon. don't pay attention to the nasty liberals, that's just the way they are
God bless you and your family, Big Al.
Mr. Haig: I didn't agree with your politics, but it appears you had a notable record while you were in the military. Regardless, I wish you a speedy recovery.
Liberals don't wish death upon Americans because liberals fear death as the end of existence.
Hey, Dutch/Bad Newz, VA, did you read the posts here? And, do you really think it is helpful to say conservatives are terrorists. You know the pilot also was unhappy that health care reform wasn't passed. Sounds like that makes him a liberal.
I would recommend Dr. Kevorkian to treat him
Whether he was actually in charge or not, former Sec State Haig was a brave soldier and is a brilliant diplomat and we wish him well.
>Liberals don't wish death upon Americans because liberals fear death as the end of existence.
>Implying death isn't the end of consciousness
Actually Dutch, the nut job in Austin was a flaming liberal.... Hated corporations, insurance companies, the Founding Father's and George W Bush.... He also appeared to have communist tendencies.... Wow sounds a lot like the current occupant of the White House......
joey February 19th, 2010 3:43 pm ET, perhaps you should peruse the Frank Lautenberg message thread before you go casting stones. The vitriol from your team is disgusting to say the least – much like it was when Senator Kennedy passed, much like it was when John Murtha passed. The "nasty librals" are compassionate wordsworths when you compare their statements to those of your "compassionate conservative christian" brethern.