Ted Kennedy emerged from brain surgery this afternoon in high spirits, the Boston Globe reports. Kennedy was awake for the excision of a malignant brain tumor, which took about 3½ hours. "I feel like a million bucks," said the 76-year-old senator. "I think I'll do that again tomorrow." He'll now undergo radiation and chemo.
"I am pleased to report that Sen. Kennedy's surgery was successful and accomplished our goals," said his surgeon, Allan Friedman of Duke University Medical Center—an unexpected choice for the Massachusetts lawmaker, but one of the best tumor surgeons in the world. "The man kept me alive while I was very, very ill," novelist Reynolds Price told the Raleigh News & Observer. "I'm very fond of him."