Joe Biden has handed over the reins of the White House to Kamala Harris while he undergoes a colonoscopy under general anesthesia. At the end of this examination, the doctors released his health bulletin which says that the American president is in good health and fit to perform his duties.
During the review, Joe Biden transferred his prerogatives to Vice President Kamala Harris. A historical interlude, lasting 1 hour 25 minutes, during which a woman was at the head of the world’s leading power. This provisional transfer of prerogatives is not unprecedented, as Marie-Christine Bonzon, a political scientist specializing in the United States, at the microphone of Brice Dugénie for RTL France recalls.
George W. Bush temporarily replaced
“This happened twice during the presidency of George W. Bush who served two four-year terms. During the period of anesthesia, in both cases, in 2002 and 2007, he was replaced briefly in his duties by Dick Cheney “, she said.
In 2019, Trump also had to undergo a colonoscopy. But the latter would have refused general anesthesia in order not to have to transfer his functions, even temporarily. “According to a former spokesperson for Melania and Donald Trump, the reason would have been that the president did not wish to transfer his powers even temporarily to his vice president who was called Mike Pence”, enlightens Marie-Christine Bonzon.