AG Mukasey collapses during speech

@jerzgirl (8040)
Gloucester City, New Jersey
November 21, 2008 6:18am CST
Whatever your opinion of the current administration is, and regardless of what mine is, few people wish something like this on anyone. I have definitely had my disagreements with Bush admin policies, but found that Mr. Mukasey was far more admirable an AG (in addition to being more honorable) than Mr. Gonzales was or could ever hope to be. There is a video clip of his collapse in this news report. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/us_world/AG-Mukasey-Collapses-on-Stage.html I personally wish him well. Do you feel the same?
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@evanslf (485)
21 Nov 08
Though I am certainly no fan of the Bush administration, I think it important that we all put partisanship to one side, particularly when something happens like this. I therefore also wish him a speedy recovery as I would to anyone, politician or not, who falls seriously ill.
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
He seems to be OK now. They say it was just a fainting spell, but how many fainting spells start with slurring of words? I'm wondering if it was low blood sugar. Also easily fixed, but mimics signs of a stroke. I've seen it with my mother.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
22 Nov 08
Yes, blood sugar fluctuations will do that. I have also heard many people speak to how hot it is under all the lights when speaking in such a situation.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
22 Nov 08
Even if it was a stroke of some kind, there are some very good treatments now, that if administered within a certain time period, can reverse the effects of a stroke. One will often see a drawing or favoring of one side of the face as one of the initial signs of a stroke, and although it is hard to tell, I didn't notice that in the video.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
21 Nov 08
I saw that this morning on TV and on the computer. It is sad to see that happen to anyone. I don't care who the person is, I don't care what age, race, gender or political party they are it is never good to hear things like this. I wish him a speedy recovery.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
21 Nov 08
I just now saw on the crawler on TV that he is expected to be released today but not mention to why he fainted. That is what I saw on ABC's GMA.
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
His actions reminded me of my mother when an insulin shot dropped her sugar dangerously low. She recovered within an hour or so, but it looks a lot like a stroke. I'm glad I took her blood sugar to know for sure. I knew what to do.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Oh my goodness...He was having a stroke...I don't know much about him, but I do hope he gets better...
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
They're saying it was a fainting spell, but how many people slur their words just before fainting. I'm still thinking low blood sugar. It looked just like what happened to my mother.
@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
21 Nov 08
That's terrible. I pray he has a speedy recovery.
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
It appears he's doing just that, thankfully.
@murderistic (2279)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Eek that's not good, looks like a stroke to me. I wish him a fast recovery.
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
I was thinking hypoglycemia, especially after they said he was fine and released from the hospital. But, they're saying fainting. I don't know.
• United States
21 Nov 08
Oh goodness. I hope he is ok. Has anyone hear how he is currently doing? My thoughts are with him and his family. I hope he makes a fast recovery. It does not matter what party someone belongs to. It does not matter if you like Bush or not.
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
He seems to be fine now - they're saying it was a fainting spell, but I don't know. I saw the same thing in my mother after an insulin shot dropped her sugar too low.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Regardless of anyone's party preference and how you feel about the current Administration, we certainly do not wish harm to anyone, and hope that Mr. Mukasey will make a full and speedy recovery.
@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
It appears he has, but as I've said to others, I can't help but wonder if it was low blood sugar. I didn't know fainting could begin with slurring of words.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 Nov 08
I agree with you. I'm not a fan of the Bush Administration either but really felt badly when I saw the news clips (which they were showing as nasueum) of him collapsing like that. Can't stand the news media anyway...someone was being interviewed later and told the reporter that they decided to turn the lights out so nosy news reporters couldn't film anymore and give him a little privacy while the paramedics tended to him
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
I rarely watch television - I only saw it online, but I wondered if it was a sudden drop in blood sugar. I don't know if he's diabetic or hypoglycemic, but the symptoms would be the same. They thought my mother had a stroke until they gave her glucose and she came around. My friend's father had the same thing happen. Inability to say words properly, being off balance and collapsing. I saw it with Mom after I knew what to watch for. With her, it was every time they thought she needed insulin. Now they know better - they only give it to her if she's hospitalized for breathing problems after they've pumped her full of Prednisone. But, it would also explain his early release from the hospital. Regardless, it was unnerving, no matter who it was. When Daddy Bush got sick that one time, I was embarrassed for him. We all used to laugh at Jerry Ford's inability to stay on his feet, but we can still all relate to the embarrassment. But, because of the slurring, this seemed much worse. I'm glad it wasn't.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 Nov 08
Yes blood sugar problems can create a lot of similar symptoms as other problems..I have low blood sugar myself..but one can feel dizzy, faint...it can even trigger panic attacks..that's why now I make it a habit of being a "nibbler" to keep my blood sugar level under control
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Hi jerz~ Yes, this was quite a scary thing to watch. But, Mr. Muckasey is ok as his medical reports say that it was just a mere fainting spell! I have had a few of those myself! And they are kind of scary when they happen and they look alot worse then they are to the people who are watching! I know I have scared a few people pretty badly myself! So, I wish him well and I guess it's business as usual for now at least!
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
Yep - back to the SOP in DC. At least he's OK.
• United States
21 Nov 08
I saw that too on the news this morning, they kept playing it over and over, Poor man! That would be scary no matter who you are, but more so in front of so many people and then to have camera's on you. I wish him well too!
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
It certainly unnerved people in the audience. I'm glad he's OK, too.
@anniepa (27240)
• United States
21 Nov 08
I saw that as breaking news last night but then I saw today he's been released from the hospital already and there were no signs of a stroke or any "heart related incident". I also wish him a speedy recovery and hope there's nothing wrong that wasn't detected. I always find it worrisome when someone collapses and they can't find a cause for it. They're just now reporting he's already back on the job which is really dedication, in my opinion! I sure hope he didn't rush back too soon and that he'll be OK. Annie
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@jerzgirl (8040)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Nov 08
I know what you mean. But, if it's blood sugar that caused it, as long as his sugar's stable and he didn't get hurt on the way down like my mother did, he should be ok to go shortly after being stablized. It looked a lot like what happened to my mother.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I too wish him well. I heard he is fine and just had too much to do that day and he past out.
• United States
23 Nov 08
One of the wonderful things about the people of this country is that whether we agree politically or not, on the whole we wish each other well. That has been made evident by the responses on this discussion.