Biden undergoes routine colonoscopy, Harris briefly in power

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – The White House says President Joe Biden transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris for one hour and 25 minutes while under anesthesia during a routine colonoscopy.

Biden went early Friday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the colonoscopy and his first routine physical as president.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor says Biden “remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”

O’Connor attributed Biden’s increased instances of “throat clearing” to gastrointestinal reflux, and said a stiffening of his gait was the result of “mild peripheral neuropathy,” spinal arthritis and compensation for a broken foot sustained a year ago.