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.