Kamala Harris becomes the first woman to hold the presidency in the US


Washington: For the first time in the history of the United States, a woman was given the power of president, even if it was only temporarily. US Vice President Kamala Harris temporarily transferred power to President Joe Biden due to his health.

The power transfer happened while Biden was under anesthesia for an hour and 25 minutes for a routine colonoscopy, CNN reported. Harris, America’s first woman, first black and first South Asian vice president, broke another barrier as she became the first woman to hold the presidency in the country. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Harris worked from his office in the West Wing while Biden was unconscious.

Biden spoke to Harris and the White House chief of staff on Friday morning. “POTUS was in good spirits and resumed his duties at that time. He will remain at Walter Reed as he completes the rest of his regular physical activity,” Saki tweeted.

Biden, who turned 79 on Saturday (November 20), arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday morning to undergo his first regular annual physical exam since taking office, according to CNN. In the US, it is common for the Vice President to assume the powers of the President whenever the President requires anesthesia. Harris was acting chairman “for an hour and 25 minutes” while Biden was under anesthesia.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s primary care physician since 2009, wrote in the six-page memo issued by the White House That Biden remains “a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency.” Interest in Biden’s health has been high since announcing his candidacy for the White House in 2019 and intensified as speculation about a 2024 re-election bid intensified. The visit to the medical center in the Washington suburbs was his first routine physical exam as president and his first physical exam since December 2019.

(with agency input)

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