After medical examination, Biden declared healthy and ‘fit’ for the presidency

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President Joe Biden received a clean bill of health from a White House doctor on Friday after an extensive, routine checkup, during which his powers were briefly transferred to Vice President Kamala Harris. “The President remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male who is fit to successfully perform the duties of the Presidency, which include as Chief Executive, Head of State, and Commander in Chief,” said Kevin O’Connor, White The house doctor wrote.

The detailed report said Biden had a “markedly stiff and less fluid” gait during his walk a year earlier, and is experiencing “an increased frequency and severity of throat clearing and coughing” during public speaking engagements. fell.

However, these two symptoms were not considered to be of immediate concern and did not appear to result from serious conditions, O’Connor’s letter stated.

On a raft of tests, Biden came out with high marks.

He has “no signs of heart failure,” “no dental problems,” he’s “no doubt diagnosed with skin cancer,” and the health of his eyes “is reassuring.”

One reason for that solid report could be the doctor’s conclusion that “the president does not use any tobacco products, does not drink alcohol, and exercises at least five days a week.”

Biden, who turned 79 on Saturday and is the oldest president in US history, takes three common prescription drugs and two over-the-counter drugs, as well as wears contact lenses, the letter revealed.

He measures five feet, 11.65 inches (1.82 m), weighs 184 pounds (83.46 kg) and has a body mass index of 25.

A smiling Biden first returned to the White House from his checkup at Walter Reed Hospital, “I feel great.”

“We’re in great shape,” he said, wearing his trademark aviator sunglasses.

Historic 1.25 Hours

While annual visits to the Walter Reed Hospital were routine for a president, the need to transfer power to Biden during a colonoscopy exam made history.

At one hour and 25 minutes, Harris was the first woman to hold the presidency in the United States. She is already the first female vice president.

The White House press office said official letters to Congress announcing the temporary transfer of power were sent at 10:10 a.m. (1510 GMT). “The President resumed his duties at 11:35 a.m.,” the White House said in a statement (1635 GMT).

Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted Harris’s leading role, saying, “Today it was another chapter in the history of many women, young girls across the country.”

Before being chosen as Biden’s running mate, Harris unsuccessfully bid for the Democratic Party nomination in 2020. Psaki said he continued to “work from his office in the West Wing” while taking the reins of the provisional presidency.

Psaki noted that a similar temporary transfer of power, “following procedure set out in the Constitution”, was made when President George W. Bush did the same process in 2002 and 2007.

Details of Biden’s health were being watched closely, with speculation rife over whether he would stick to his stated intention of seeking a second term in 2024.

Critical Moments for the Presidency

The positive medical evaluation mirrored an earlier letter from Biden’s physician during his election campaign in December 2019, when he was described as “a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male who successfully executed presidential duties.” fit to do.”

He was vaccinated against Covid-19 early, and got a booster shot in September.

The health check comes at a crucial moment in his presidency, with the House of Representatives voting to send Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” social spending agenda to the Senate for approval. Earlier this week, Biden signed another package for the largest fund ever. National infrastructure improvements in more than half a century.

The twin victories come after falling approval ratings for Biden and setbacks for his Democratic Party ahead of next year’s midterm elections, when Republicans are widely predicted to take control of the lower house of Congress.

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