US President Sent to Colonoscopy Anesthesia Ahead of Birthday
Joe Biden will hand over the presidency to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday for his “routine colonoscopy” at the National the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, the White House said. Medical and political procedures took place on the eve of the 79th anniversary of the American president, whose ratings have been falling significantly lately, and many even talk about the resignation of the head of the United States.
Biden went to a medical center in the Washington suburbs early Friday morning for his first scheduled medical examination as president. Press secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden will be anesthetized during the procedure and will hand over power to Kamala Harris, the Associated Press reports.
“Just like when President George W. Bush used the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and in accordance with the procedure set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for a short period of time while under anesthesia,” said Jen Psaki. “During this time, the Vice President will work from his office in the West Wing.”
As the Associated Press recalls, 78-year-old Biden had his last full check-up in December 2019, when doctors considered the former vice president “healthy, energetic” and “fit for successful presidential duties.”
Joe Biden – the oldest person president in US history, and interest in his health has been high since he announced his candidacy for the White House in 2019.
Dr. Kevin O'Connor, who is a primary care physician Biden since 2009, wrote in a three-page memo that the then presidential candidate is generally in good shape.
In that report, O'Connor said that since 2003, Biden has had episodes of atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that is potentially serious but treatable. At the time, Dr. O'Connor provided a list of tests that showed that Biden's heart was functioning normally, and the only need was a blood thinner to prevent the most dangerous risk – blood clots or stroke.
Biden faced mortal danger in 1988 when surgery was required to repair two brain aneurysms, weak bulges in arteries, one of which was leaking. Biden has never had a relapse, according to his doctor, citing a 2014 test that examined his arteries.
Meanwhile, a Fox News poll released Thursday found 53% of registered voters believe that Biden's age hinders his work.
Under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, Biden must sign a letter to the interim President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives stating that he cannot perform his duties under anesthesia, which makes Kamala Harris acting president and must send them another letter. upon completion of the procedure, to resume his presidential duties.
Kamala Harris, the first woman, first American of color, and South Asian person to serve as Vice President of the United States, will go down in history in the short time she will serve as President of the United States. She is due to travel to Ohio on Friday, as soon as Biden returns to her duties.
On Friday afternoon, Biden will take part in the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon.
When Biden took office, he brought O'Connor back to the White House to continue as his doctor, and O'Connor was expected to lead the expert team to conduct Biden's physical examination on Friday.
When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, Biden's team took proactive steps to keep the then-candidate and current president healthy as the virus raged on and took disproportionately high tolls among the elderly. Biden received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020, and his second dose just two weeks before taking office. In late September, he received a booster dose that regulators said would provide longer-lasting protection.
The White House has said that Biden is authorizing the publication of a medical report, as is customary for presidents and presidential candidates. Former President Donald Trump was sharply criticized for revealing only superficial information about his health while working and working in the White House, including hiding the seriousness of his COVID-19 illness a month before the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press recalls.
As noted by CNN, Biden arrived Friday morning at Walter Reed Medical Center for his planned annual medical check-up – his first medical examination as the oldest president of the United States, the first time in the first term in US history. By law, the vice president usually assumes presidential powers while the president is undergoing a medical procedure that requires anesthesia.
In his time, Vice President Dick Cheney did this several times when then President George W. Bush was undergoing routine colonoscopy procedures. .
Earlier this year, former spokesman for ex-President Donald Trump Stephanie Grisham hinted strongly that Biden's predecessor had had a colonoscopy during a secret visit to the Walter Reed Center in 2019, but this was silenced to avoid a handover of presidency to the then Vice President. Mike Pence.
In her book, I'll Answer Your Questions Now, Stephanie Grisham does not use the term colonoscopy, but largely implies that the President's trip was designed to do just that. She claims that Trump's hospital visit, which sparked weekly rumors about his health, was “a very common procedure,” and she also writes that Bush had a similar procedure when he was in power. Grisham writes that Trump did not want his Vice President, Mike Pence, to be in power while under the influence of sleeping pills, which was one of the reasons he kept his visit under wraps. He also “didn't want to be the target of jokes” on television, writes Grisham.