WASHINGTON (CNN) - After about three hours, President Bush on Saturday reclaimed his presidential power from Vice President Dick Cheney after undergoing a routine colonoscopy at Camp David, Md., a White House spokesman said.
Five polyps were found in the examination, spokesman Scott Stanzel said. All were small, less than 1 cm in diameter, he said, and "none appeared worrisome." Bush reclaimed presidential power about 10:30 a.m.
The polyps were removed and sent to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for routine microscopic examination, Stanzel said. Results are expected in two to three days.
At 7:16 a.m., Bush faxed letters to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., president pro tempore of the Senate, informing them that he was voluntarily transferring power to Cheney.
The transfer ends when the president sends another letter to congressional leaders advising them he is reclaiming power effective immediately.
White House spokesman Tony Snow said Friday that the procedure, during which a doctor looks for any signs of cancer, was to be carried out at Camp David, Md., and the president would be placed under anesthesia.
Bush's last colonoscopy was in June 2002, and no abnormalities were found, Snow said.