En­er­gizer Byrdy

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Here’s wish­ing a happy 90th birth­day to West Vir­ginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who was born on Nov. 20, 1917, the same year the U.S. de­clared war on Ger­many and marched into World War I.

“We’ll have a lit­tle staff lun­cheon with the sen­a­tor; of­fer some well-wishes. It’s go­ing to be low-key,” said Jesse Ja­cobs, the sen­a­tor’s spokesman. “Staff is work­ing on a birth­day poem, given he likes po­etry so much.”

As for the sen­a­tor’s big­gest birth­day present, the spokesman tells Inside the Belt­way that would be a pho­to­graph taken re­cently of Mr. Byrd stand­ing along­side the Dalai Lama, Pres­i­dent Bush, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid.

“We had it signed by all the prin­ci­pals and framed,” Mr. Ja­cobs says.

Mr. Byrd has been a pres­ence on Capi­tol Hill since Jan. 3, 1959. And, de­spite his age, he re­mains third in the line of pres­i­den­tial suc­ces­sion.

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