February 19th, 2010
06:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Alexander Haig hospitalized

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig has been admitted to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig has been admitted to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

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.


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  1. GI Joe

    Hope all goes well for you Former SoS Haig.

    February 19, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Pat

    I wonder who is in charge now?

    February 19, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Jay

    Wish Mr. Haig all the best in his revovery! Good luck!

    February 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    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.

    February 19, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. james mcneil

    Is he the man who said "I am in charge" when Reagan was shot?

    February 19, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I remember Haig when Reagan was shot and unfortunately he wasn't VP. But get well Mr. Haig.

    February 19, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Papa_K

    Now there was a serious nut bag of a right winger.

    February 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Steph

    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.

    February 19, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Godspeed

    February 19, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. hillcoguy

    Wow! I remember him for stepping up and courageosly but erroneously saying "I'm in chargehere! When Prez Reagan was shot. A tough guy.

    February 19, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. muffy

    Another arrogant Repug

    February 19, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. d1120

    He probably thinks he is 'still in charge'.

    February 19, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. laryn

    god bless you for your service!

    February 19, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Dave

    So, wait a sec... when Al Haig gets hospitalized, who's in charge?

    February 19, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. joey

    Get well soon. don't pay attention to the nasty liberals, that's just the way they are

    February 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Jim

    God bless you and your family, Big Al.

    February 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Reuben

    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.

    February 19, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. citizen

    Dutch/Bad Newz,

    Liberals don't wish death upon Americans because liberals fear death as the end of existence.

    February 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. HonestMistake

    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.

    February 19, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Dan

    He's alive?!?!?!?!

    February 19, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. ken

    I would recommend Dr. Kevorkian to treat him

    February 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Dave

    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.

    February 19, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Nick

    >Liberals don't wish death upon Americans because liberals fear death as the end of existence.

    >Implying death isn't the end of consciousness

    >laughingelfman.jpg

    February 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Tim from NC

    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......

    February 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Lori in St Pete

    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.

    February 19, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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