2021-11-19 at 3:36 PM UTC
Biden to transfer power to Harris while under anesthesia for colonoscopy at Walter Reed
Brooke Singman, Paul Conner
President Biden will transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris Friday morning for the "brief period of time" when he is under anesthesia for a "routine" colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center, the White House said Friday.
The president traveled to Bethesda, Maryland, for a physical exam, one day before his 79th birthday. Biden arrived at 8:51 a.m. ET and waved to reporters who were traveling with him.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will also undergo a colonoscopy while there.
"As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia," Psaki said. "The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time."
Psaki added that the White House will publicly release a written summary of Biden's physical later Friday afternoon.
Harris was spotted arriving to the White House early Friday morning.
A Fox News Poll released Thursday showed that 53% of registered voters believe Biden's age is interfering with his job.
When Psaki was asked in October about when Biden would get a physical exam, she promised, "When he gets a physical, we will make all of that information available."
In May, Psaki was asked about Biden's health.
"I can tell you, having traveled with him a fair amount, sometimes he’s hard to keep up with," Psaki, 42, insisted.
Biden is the oldest man to serve as president.
2021-11-19 at 3:40 PM UTC
I predicted this would happen back in 1987.
2021-11-19 at 3:48 PM UTC
Also they usually just give you diazepam for a colonoscopy so you don't remember it, not a big deal. Sure he's not getting surgery.
2021-11-19 at 7:23 PM UTC
Aren't we all
Glad Kamala wasn't having
Kamala Harris became the first woman to have control over US nuclear weapons, but only briefly
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President Joe Biden briefly transferred presidential authority to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday.
That included the ability to use nuclear weapons, making Harris the first woman in US history to hold that authority.
Presidential power was returned to Biden following the completion of a medical procedure.
President Joe Biden temporarily transferred his presidential authority to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday as he underwent a routine colonoscopy, which briefly made her the first woman in US history to have power as commander-in-chief and the first woman to have control of the US nuclear arsenal and nuclear strike authority.
"As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
"The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time," Psaki added.
Every US president since Harry Truman, the only leader of a nuclear-armed state to authorize the use of nuclear force against an enemy, has had absolute authority over the use of nuclear weapons. And every president since Dwight Eisenhower has been followed around by a briefcase commonly known as the "nuclear football."
The "nuclear football" exists for two key reasons, Stephen Schwartz, an expert on the football and a nonresident senior fellow at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, previously told Insider.
One, the briefcase "is the physical representation of the presidential authority" to order the use of nuclear weaponry, which only the president has, Schwartz said.
Two, as a product of Cold War tensions with the Soviets, the football exists because "we've been afraid that a surprise nuclear attack could catch us off guard and preclude any sort of retaliation."
The emergency satchel contains communication tools, codes, and options for nuclear war. The president also carries, typically on his person, a card with authentication codes known as the "biscuit." These codes are used together with the football to launch a nuclear strike.
The president can also order a strike from fixed command centers if needed.
The vice president is followed by a back-up football, as was highlighted when rioters came very close to former Vice President Mike Pence's football during the riots at the Capitol. The vice president also carries a biscuit with inactive codes. These tools are for rare situations in which the president is incapacitated or killed.
When presidential power was transferred to Harris on Friday, her codes were temporarily activated, giving her presidential authority to use the football or other means to launch nuclear weapons should such action be deemed necessary, Schwartz explained on Twitter.
The US has never had a woman president, and Harris is the first woman in US history to serve as vice president. As such she was the first woman in US history to have this authority. She was not, however, be the first woman in the world to have this authority.
Biden has since resumed his duties as president.
2021-11-19 at 8:20 PM UTC
The democrat hit squad is going to make sure he never wakes up. This is a regime change, notice how the real "alt right" doesn't harp on about Biden being old and senile?
That was because it was never a right wing talking point. It was coming from the faction of the democratic left that wanted to plant the seeds of "old and frail"
Right wingers don't care about his age. They care about him being corrupt and stupid. The ones that care about his age are the same people that don't allow Bernie Sanders to win the primary.
RIP Biden who was murdered by globalists.
2021-11-19 at 8:22 PM UTC
The older and more senile they are the less energy they have for doing evil.