Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia was sworn in for his ninth term Thursday. The 89-year-old senator's behavior must have left a lot of people scratching their heads. This AP story reported on yesterday's swearing-in:
[Byrd] first spoke through the opening prayer, calling "Praise Jesus," and "yeah!"One truly bizarre man.
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.