July 20th, 2007
01:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Cheney to become president...briefly

Vice President Dick Cheney.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush will undergo a routine colonoscopy Saturday, and will transfer power to Vice President Dick Cheney during the procedure, expected to take about two and a half hours, the chief White House spokesman said.

Tony Snow said Friday that the procedure, during which a doctor looks for any signs of cancer, will be carried out at Camp David, Maryland, and the president will be placed under anesthesia.

Bush's last colonoscopy was in June 2002, and no abnormalities were found, Snow said.


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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Robert, Edwards AFB, CA

    God help us!

    July 20, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Greg

    hand over presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney while he is under under anesthesia.

    July 20, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. doriangrey

    Posted By Robert, Edwards AFB, CA : July 20, 2007 12:30 pm

    Looks like he just might be doing that...

    July 20, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Rocco, NH

    I guess this is the "gut feeling" that Chertoff had.

    July 20, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. John, Ca.

    Won't it be difficult to get around his head to scope the colon?

    July 20, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Douglas H DeGroat, Wallkill NY

    Here's Bush's exit plan! Question is will Darth Cheney give up the power since the Constitution has been shredded? I'm betting not!

    July 20, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Noah, Knoxville, TN

    Be sure to lock up your civil liberties tomorrow morning before you leave the house

    July 20, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Chris Baltimore, MD

    Man, the late-night jokes here practically write themselves.

    I guess when one bum is out of commission, the next one has to step in.

    July 20, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Mair, Baltimore, MD

    You got that right, Robert!!

    July 20, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. MC, Miami, FL

    What are you talking about. He's been president all along!

    July 20, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Matt, Austin, Texas

    How is this news? Cheney's always had all the power.

    July 20, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Brian Cordell, Durham, NC

    I'm not that worried. He won't be President long enough to launch a nuclear attack against Iran.

    Will he?

    July 20, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Nancy Bertelsen Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    You took the words right out of my mouth!!

    July 20, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Kathie Spring, TX

    Uh like he hasn't been president during this whole administration?

    July 20, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Bill Griffeth, Westfield, NJ

    Awesome - just as millions find out how Harry Potter confronts Lord Voldemort, the Dark Lord becomes acting President!

    July 20, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Marc, South Orange, NJ

    Well I suppose it's about time... the title finally becomes official for Cheney, if only for a brief period. After all, isn't he the one who's really been running this country since Jan. 20, 2001?

    July 20, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. New York, NY

    Finally some one is giving Bush what he has been giving us for the past 7 years!

    July 20, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. JLE, Seattle WA

    He already had complete control. Begin the impeachment process now!......Ron Paul 2008!!

    July 20, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Rufus Jeffris, Mill Valley, California

    Wouldn't be surprised if they found a foreign object lodged up there roughly matching the shape of Iraq.

    July 20, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Benny Klein, Irvine, CA

    Wouldn't that be redundant?

    July 20, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I say we will be in war with Iran within the 1st hour.

    July 20, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Scott Walker Knoxville, TN

    Maybe now they'll find Bush's head

    July 20, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Chris, Pittsburgh, PA

    Doesn't Bush get a colonoscopy every time he looks in the mirror!

    July 20, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Anonymous, Anytown, USA

    Ah yes. Just long enough for us to send forces to Iran, well played Mr. President.

    July 20, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Jorge, Seattle, WA

    Babies are small.

    July 20, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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