Wednesday, December 8

Kamala Harris, the first female president of the United States … for a while

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has transferred his position to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, while he has been under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy. Harris has thus become, even if it has only been for about an hour and a half, the first woman president of the United States.

The vice president has continued to work from her office in the White House, and not from the President’s Oval Office, during this period of time.

As reported by the White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, Biden went to Walter Reed Medical Center this Friday for “a routine medical checkup.” Biden, who turns 79 this Saturday, is the oldest president the United States has ever had. The White House has said it will report the results of medical tests, reports CNBC.

As Psaki said later in another statement, Biden resumed his duties “in a good mood” at 11:35 a.m. (5:35 p.m. PST), after speaking with Harris and the spokeswoman.

Presidential power has already been transferred to the vice president on more occasions, such as when former President George W. Bush underwent colonoscopies in 2002 and 2007. It is a common custom when presidents have to undergo some medical procedure that requires anesthesia or undergo any serious illness.

The former spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, Stephanie Grisham, tells in a recently published book about her experience in the White House that Trump also underwent a colonoscopy in 2019 on Walter Reed, but hid the visit to avoid transferring presidential power to the then Vice President Mike Pence. Trump also did not relinquish his duties temporarily when he was hospitalized for coronavirus in 2020.

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