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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:18 PM

Inouye hospitalized, says he is 'OK'

Source: CNN

(CNN) Sen. Daniel Inouye, who has represented Hawaii in Congress since its statehood, was at a Washington-area military hospital on Monday where his oxygen levels were monitored, he said in a statement.

"For the most part, I am OK. However, I am currently working with my doctors to regulate my oxygen intake," the Democrat said. "Much to my frustration, while undergoing this process, I have to remain in the hospital for my own safety and to allow the necessary observation."

Inouye, 88, who was at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, said he would be back on Capitol Hill as soon as his "doctors allow it."



Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/10/inouye-hospitalized-says-he-is-ok/

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Reply Inouye hospitalized, says he is 'OK' (Original post)
Tx4obama Dec 2012 OP
homegirl Dec 2012 #1
alp227 Dec 2012 #4
mitchtv Dec 2012 #5
Hekate Dec 2012 #6
Ineeda Dec 2012 #11
ellisonz Dec 2012 #2
OmahaBlueDog Dec 2012 #3
Hekate Dec 2012 #7
Hayabusa Dec 2012 #8
jwirr Dec 2012 #9
randomtagger Dec 2012 #10

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:48 PM

1. WOW!

88! He should have retired 20 years ago.
These old geezers don't live with the long term outcomes of their votes. No one over 65 should be deciding for the younger people. I am quite old myself and a Democrat but I say-he should retire.

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Response to homegirl (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:17 PM

4. So if Ted Kennedy retired at 65 (would be in 1997)

would Obamacare have even gotten a vote? Or would Romneycare even off the ground?

Should people like Leahy, Sanders, Levin, Kerry, etc leave only because of age?

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Response to homegirl (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:19 PM

5. should they pay lesser taxes

for fewer rights?

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Response to homegirl (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:25 PM

6. Welcome to DU. Do you even know who the hell Daniel K. Inouye is?

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Response to homegirl (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:07 PM

11. Bill and Hillary are 65 also.

So, no one should consider Hillary as a presidential candidate in 2016? Is Bill a senile old geezer? Or, is he the most effective and influential person in the country, even more so than President Obama? Honey, your callowness is showing.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:50 PM

2. Inouye will pull through!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:34 PM

3. Get well soon!

A true American hero!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:38 PM

7. Go for broke, Senator!

I'll never forget you spoke at my graduation from Kailua High School in 1965. You've done Hawai'i -- and all of us -- proud.

Hekate

A bit about his service in WW II:

On April 21, 1945, Inouye was grievously wounded while leading an assault on a heavily-defended ridge near San Terenzo in Tuscany, Italy called Colle Musatello. The ridge served as a strongpoint along the strip of German fortifications known as the Gothic Line, which represented the last and most dogged line of German defensive works in Italy. As he led his platoon in a flanking maneuver, three German machine guns opened fire from covered positions just 40 yards away, pinning his men to the ground. Inouye stood up to attack and was shot in the stomach; ignoring his wound, he proceeded to attack and destroy the first machine gun nest with hand grenades and fire from his Thompson submachine gun. After being informed of the severity of his wound by his platoon sergeant, he refused treatment and rallied his men for an attack on the second machine gun position, which he also successfully destroyed before collapsing from blood loss.
As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, eventually drawing within 10 yards. As he raised himself up and cocked his arm to throw his last grenade into the fighting position, a German inside fired a rifle grenade that struck him on the right elbow, severing most of his arm and leaving his own primed grenade reflexively "clenched in a fist that suddenly didn't belong to me anymore". Inouye's horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. As the German inside the bunker reloaded his rifle, Inouye pried the live grenade from his useless right hand and transferred it to his left. As the German aimed his rifle to finish him off, Inouye tossed the grenade off-hand into the bunker and destroyed it. He stumbled to his feet and continued forward, silencing the last German resistance with a one-handed burst from his Thompson before being wounded in the leg and tumbling unconscious to the bottom of the ridge. When he awoke to see the concerned men of his platoon hovering over him, his only comment before being carried away was to gruffly order them to return to their positions, since, as he pointed out, "nobody called off the war!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Inouye

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Response to Hekate (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:25 AM

8. And to think some may have called them

D-Day Dodgers. Get well soon, Senator.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:43 AM

9. This man has had my respect for a long time. Hope he gets better.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:16 PM

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He must live to be the longest serving member of Congress.

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