Bush Checks in on Kennedy

By Ed O'Keefe

May 19, 2008 11:50am

ABC News’ Kate Snow Reports: President George W. Bush called Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to wish him well in his recovery.  Bush did not reach Kennedy, who was undergoing tests at the time of the call, but instead talked to the Senator’s wife, Vicki Kennedy.

"Take care of my friend," Bush told Mrs. Kennedy, according to Stephanie Cutter, a Democratic strategist and Kennedy family spokesperson.

Kennedy, 76, is the last of three brothers who changed the American political scene in the 1960s, and has been recuperating at Massachusetts General Hospital since suffering a seizure Saturday while at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport, Mass.

The Senator was taken by ambulance to a Cape Cod hospital in the morning and later flown to Boston by helicopter.

Kennedy is being evaluated by doctors to determine the cause of the seizure, but results are not expected until later Monday or Tuesday. 

"Preliminary tests have determined that he has not suffered a stroke and is not in any immediate danger," Kennedy’s physician Dr. Larry Ronan said Saturday evening. "He’s resting comfortably, and watching the Red Sox game with his family.

Friends and family are relieved that he did not suffer a stroke, as initially feared. But they’re still a bit nervous until doctors tell them exactly what caused the seizure.

Kennedy spent much of Sunday afternoon watching sports on television: first the Boston Red Sox game, then the Boston Celtics’ playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He also took a lot of calls Sunday including calls from Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill.

"He sounded great, he sounded like his, his usual self," Obama told reporters after the phone call. "Obviously, people are still concerned about finding out exactly what happened. I’m just thrilled that Teddy’s back on the mend."

Kennedy also, according to Cutter, took in "60 Minutes" on Sunday night, which featured a story on Iraqi translators trying to achieve political asylum in the United States.  Kennedy has a pending Senate bill on the subject.

Watch Monday’s ‘Good Morning America’ for a full clip on Kennedy’s recovery by clicking here and read The Note every morning for all the latest in politics, including news from the 2008 campaign trail.

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