WASHINGTON: History was made in America on Friday when vice-president Kamala Devi Harris briefly helmed the country when President Joe Biden went under anesthesia for a colonoscopy procedure. Although it is not unprecedented for vice-presidents to take over White House duties when the President incapacitated, as constitutionally mandated, the fact that a woman happens to be the vice president for the first time in history and was in charge of the country even for couple of hours caused a frisson of excitement across the country. “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. The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said. Presidents who go under anesthesia or are otherwise incapacitated or out of commission typically are required by section three of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, to sign a letter to the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives saying they are unable to discharge their duties and designate their veeps as acting President, which Biden did. He will later send them another letter upon the conclusion of the procedure, noting he has resumed his duties of office. While President George Bush did the same when he went in for a procedure and handed over duties to his vice-president Dick Cheney, the country’s 45th President Donald Trump did not. His former press secretary Stephanie Grisham indicated in her book that Trump preferred to undergo a procedure without anesthesia and did not transfer power to his vice president Mike Pence because he it would be “showing weakness. Ironically, Harris’ brief stint as acting President occurred on what apparently was “International Men’s Day. Biden is also undergoing a full physical examination on Friday and the White House is expected to release a summary of the results later in the day. Shortly after noon, Press Secretary Psaki tweeted @POTUS spoke with @VP (Kamala Harris) and @WHCOS at approximately 11:35am this morning. @POTUS was in good spirits and at that time resumed his duties. He will remain at Walter Reed as he completes the rest of his routine physical.” .@POTUS spoke with @VP and @WHCOS at approximately 11:35am this morning. @POTUS was in good spirits and at that tim… https://t.co/uzelIcBXJ8 — Jen Psaki (@PressSec) 1637341428000 The brief transfer of power took place at a time there have been reports of tension in both camps, stories that officials on both sides have rejected as speculative gossip.

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