Senator Kennedy , 76 years old and seriously ill with a brain tumor, had a seizure brought on by fatigue. Senator Byrd, 91 years old and with one foot in the grave already, was carried out of the inaugural luncheon unconscious. Vice President Cheney, 67 years old with a pacemaker and multiple heart attacks, had to attend in a wheelchair.
In keeping with tradition, they, along with many other office holders, Supreme Court Justices, and politicians equally old and infirm, attended Inaugural Day events from the crack of dawn until late at night and sat around outdoors for hours on end in 17-degree weather. Is there something wrong with that picture?