Ted Kennedy was taken by ambulance to the hospital today after falling ill during the congressional luncheon which honored newly elected president, Barack Obama. He had convulsions, but he is not near death despite a rhetorical scare created by the new president that has caused a flurry of online interest in what should be a lesser story.

Ted Kennedy alive

Kennedy Death Reported Prematurely

In the luncheon Barack Obama raised instant alarms about the Senator’s prognosis with his dire words. Obama left the room when Kennedy became ill, but returned soon after with a grim look on his face. In a somber tone Obama said about Kennedy,

“He was there when the Voting Rights Act passed. And, along with John Lewis, was a warrior for justice. And so I would be lying to you if I did not say that right now a part of me is with him. And I think that is true for all of us. This is a joyous time, but it’s also a sobering time. And my prayers are with him and his family and Vicki.”

It turns out that Obama’s rhetorical flourish was excessive and that Kennedy was fine. According to Senator Dodd, Ted Kennedy was talking and in good spirits before the ambulance took him to the hospital. Despite Obama’s tone which prompted Wikipedia to report his death, Kennedy is decidedly not dead yet. In fact, he felt compelled to issue a statement later saying I am OK.

Teddy Kennedy has been suffering with a brain tumor in the last year and has been prone to convulsions during that time as is common with that ailment. Our prayers are with the Lion of the Senate, his family and constituents.

See the video of Kennedy falling ill below.

Kennedy Video – Not Dead! (Video)