Joe Biden underwent a routine colonoscopy and was temporarily handed over to Kamala Harris.


This procedure is part of the medical examination that the president is going through this Friday. The vice president held the top position for 1 hour 25 minutes, becoming the first woman in history to take on that responsibility.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, temporarily ceded power to the vice president of the country, Kamala Harris. At the same time, the anesthesia of a colonoscopy lasted this Friday at Walter Reed Hospital.

This "routine" procedure, the White House reported, is part of the medical examination that the president is undergoing, the first since he took office in January.

Upon discharge, Biden told reporters that the procedure went very well.

"My check-up went very well," he said as he left the Walter Reed Hospital on the outskirts of Washington at 14:05 local time (19:05 GMT).

"The president remains a healthy, vigorous 78-year-old man who is in a position to successfully carry out the duties of the presidency, including those of chief executive officer, head of state, and commander-in-chief," said Kevin O'Connor, the White House doctor.

White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie tweeted that Biden had spoken to Harris and his chief of staff around 11:35 a.m. (1635 GMT) and that he had resumed his duties. Sackie tweeted that Biden was in a good mood and was staying at the presidential center at Walter Reed Hospital to complete the rest of his normal physical activity.

As Biden resumed his duties, the White House announced that Kamala Harris held her office for 1 hour and 25 minutes, becoming the first female president of the United States in history. He did so from his office in the West Wing of the White House.

Psaki recalled that this situation is not new - it already happened in 2002 and 2007, when then-President George W. Bush underwent the same procedure - butThis is the first time that power has been vested in a woman.

Following the constitutional process, President Biden will hand over power to the Vice President during a short period while he is in a coma. The vice president will work from her office in the West Wing during this time," the White House confirmed earlier.

Any details about Biden's health are closely watched, given speculation about whether he will maintain his stated intention to seek a second term in 2024. He is the oldest president in the history of the United States.

Biden pledged before his election a year ago to be "totally transparent" to voters on all aspects of their health. The White House also said earlier this year that the results of the president's eventual health check would be made public.

In a letter published for his election campaign in December 2019, Biden's doctor described him as "a healthy, vigorous 77-year-old man who is in a position to discharge the duties of the presidency successfully. "

Biden does not smoke or drink, and before his election, he exercised at least five days a week, according to the letter. In addition, he was vaccinated against COVID-19 and received a booster dose in September.

If Joe Biden does not run for reelection, Kamala Harris, 57, would be the natural candidate for the Democrats. However, so far, most observers have a mitigated balance of her term as vice president.

Former Donald Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham hints in a book that the Republican billionaire also underwent a colonoscopy during his tenure but kept it a secret.