Thursday, January 4, 2007

86th to 110th: Byrd in Congress

Here's an interesting blurb I took from (though no one can replace Gerald Ford, maybe Bob Byrd can be the person I look for on the news each morning--afterall the man is 89!):

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Lawmakers take swearing-in oath twice


WASHINGTON -- There's nothing like a good photo op to revive a slumping politician.
On a day of ceremony and substance opening the Democratic-controlled Congress, lawmakers flocked from their real swearing-in, which was held in groups in the House and Senate chambers, to a pretend one in front of the cameras.

Families in tow, they raised their right hands and rested the other one on the Bible or other religious text, as if making a pledge, and had their pictures taken one-on-one in a mock swearing-in for the folks back home.

The photo-op oath seemed to have the restorative power of smelling salts for Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The 89-year-old veteran nearly fainted Thursday after taking the real oath for a ninth time.

Less than an hour later, he was first in line for the re-enactment.

"Nobody will get in before us," Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who broke Byrd's fall, said as the Democratic duo from West Virginia waited for Vice President Dick Cheney to arrive in the high-ceilinged Old Senate Chamber on the Capitol's second floor ....

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