Commencement Speaker Hospitalized

Ted Kennedy, this year’s supposed commencement speaker and MA Senator, was hospitalized for having stroke-like symptoms and surgery on his left cartoid artery (in the heart). Looks like Wes might have to get someone new to speak. Check out more here and thanks to Ross Shenker ’11 for the update!

Update (Mad, 2:15 pm): The New York Times is reporting that, according to a statement released from Washington, he suffered a seizure this morning but is now “resting comfortably”. Yahoo is saying that he “did not appear to have had a stroke as initially suspected.” Our hearts go out to his friends and family, and we wish him an easy recovery. Get well soon!

Update (Mad, 10:55 pm): The New York Times has updated their article to say:

A family spokeswoman said Saturday evening that Mr. Kennedy, 76, was “conscious, talking and joking with family” who had gathered at Massachusetts General Hospital. Several other Kennedy associates said they were told that the senator, Democrat of Massachusetts, would recover, but that he was scheduled to undergo tests to determine what caused the seizure.

Glad to hear it! While I assume Kennedy still won’t be able to come to speak at Commencement (though this is unconfirmed), and I think we’re all less enriched by not getting to hear him speak, I wish him all the rest he needs to get better.

26 thoughts on “Commencement Speaker Hospitalized

  1. Anonymous

    Whatever, if you are going to choose to criticize one of the biggest giants in American politics alive today, be my guest, but please try not to sound like total idiots, okay? Give the man the respect he deserves, whether in condemnation or praise.

  2. Anonymous

    Whatever, if you are going to choose to criticize one of the biggest giants in American politics alive today, be my guest, but please try not to sound like total idiots, okay?

    Give the man the respect he deserves, whether in condemnation or praise.

  3. Anonymous

    10:15 – his mistress? are you stupid? 1970?? are you STUPID?? plus, why are we bringing up stuff like that when a) his health is in serious jeopardy (THATS what we should be focusing on), and b) he is doing US the favor of coming to speak. i doubt that speakers get paid. just saying. if you want to bash him later, thats fine, but lets give him a little room just now, ok?

  4. Anonymous

    10:15 – his mistress? are you stupid? 1970?? are you STUPID?? plus, why are we bringing up stuff like that when a) his health is in serious jeopardy (THATS what we should be focusing on), and b) he is doing US the favor of coming to speak. i doubt that speakers get paid.
    just saying.
    if you want to bash him later, thats fine, but lets give him a little room just now, ok?

  5. Anonymous

    I’m very disappointed. I was hoping to (along with others) to protest Kennedy’s presence on campus. I do however wish him good health.

  6. Anonymous

    I’m very disappointed. I was hoping to (along with others) to protest Kennedy’s presence on campus. I do however wish him good health.

  7. Anonymous

    I think the more important issue is Sen. Kennedy’s health, right? Who cares if we have to find someone new to speak. We’re talking about a person here. Have some consideration for him and his family (esp. his family in ’08)

  8. Anonymous

    I think the more important issue is Sen. Kennedy’s health, right? Who cares if we have to find someone new to speak. We’re talking about a person here. Have some consideration for him and his family (esp. his family in ’08)

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