Thursday, January 04, 2007

Welcome Back Byrdie

Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia was sworn in for the ninth time Thursday, and he did it in signature style.

The West Virginia Democrat, who turns 90 this year and is the longest-serving member of the current Senate, is known for his long speeches, his knowledge of Senate rules and his flamboyant personality.

He first spoke through the opening prayer, calling "Praise Jesus," and "yeah!"

After he was sworn in by Vice President Cheney, he pumped his fist and yelled, "So help me God!"

Just after that, Byrd appeared weak and started to collapse. He was caught by his West Virginia colleague, Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, and other senators standing nearby.

Byrd didn't miss a step as he then walked back to his desk, giving a loud "Hallelujah!" to the crowd.

Here are a couple thoughts that come to mind:
1. This guy is only 2 heartbeats away from being the 44th President of the United States?
2. If a Republican had yelled "Praise Jeebus" and acted like a hillbilly at a Saturday night revival, I doubt the media would call their actions "flamboyant" or "signature".

(Source - My Way News)