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. Paul, Virginia Beach

    Are they looking for an Iraq exit strategy or has Karl Rove gone missing?

    July 20, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Michael D. Arlington, VA

    A scarey scenario!
    The only person worse for President is Cheney.
    Why do we have to reveal this info to the enemy?
    What a wonderful time for them to attack.

    July 20, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Kelly, New Haven, CT

    One word: YIKES!

    July 20, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Ali A. Akbar, Fort Worth, Texas (eConservative.org)

    The comments above show the ignorance of young liberals.

    July 20, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Richard, Upper Peninsula MI

    Hasn't he been the defacto President all along?

    July 20, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Aileen Indpls, IN

    too bad he isn't allergic to anesthesia, then he can know how he makes the rest of us feel

    July 20, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. nanaki. Stafford, VA

    LORD.....please watch my country during Cheney's watch

    July 20, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Ryan, Charlottetown, PEI

    I'm taking a History of the American Presidents class at University now. From what I remember, Cheney can technically not relinquish power back to George Bush, if he so chooses to.

    July 20, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Lynn, Atlanta, GA

    Perfect timing - everyone will be so busy reading Harry Potter that they won't notice a coup.

    July 20, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Brett

    Maybe the doctors will actually find some "weapons of mass destruction", since the whole WMD farce was essentially pulled from Bush's...

    July 20, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Chris, Zombietown, PA

    I was wondering how the show '24' was going to make it's comeback next season... 🙂

    July 20, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. george springfield oh

    They are looking for that pain in his butt. I bet they find the Constitution.

    July 20, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Joe, Philadelphia

    What difference does a formal handover of power make? Cheney has been running the show since day one while Bush has been nothing more than a puppet. This changes nothing.

    July 20, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. David Schaar Cleveland Ohio

    Well, at least there is hope that they will FINALLY find the weapons of mass destruction...

    July 20, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. patrick chattanooga TN

    Oh what fun.... Haliburton gets to run things for a couple of hours!!

    July 20, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Thomas, Denver, CO

    You know what they're going to find up there, don't you?

    Bush's head and Cheney's hand.

    Shrub has got to be sweating.
    He grew up in an organized crime family and he's got to know that he's become expendable.

    July 20, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Joe Rando

    In a strange way, there is poetry in this story.

    July 20, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Kyle Robbins, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Saturday headline: Bush briefly transfers Presidential power to Cheney.

    Sunday headline: The U.S. starts bombing Tehran.

    July 20, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Susan, Indpls., IN

    Oh, God help us all ... even two minutes is too much!!!

    July 20, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Jim, Washington DC

    I bet he asks for another deferment at the last second.

    July 20, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. PJ

    Pretty remarkable fora guy who isn't a part of the Executive branch.

    July 20, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. patrick, chattanooga TN

    Oh what fun!! Haliburton gets to run things for a couple of hours!!

    July 20, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. craig, Fayetteville, GA

    Please, someone lock up the hunting guns.

    July 20, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Jim, Charlotte, NC

    Wow! If we can get Dick's ticker turned off for awhile then Nancy Pelosi takes over and she'll have time to order the troops home and sign the children's health care bill. Neat!

    July 20, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. henami

    GUT FEELING....HE WILL PARDON HIMSELF AND ISSUE SOME BLANK PARDONS FOR FUTURE

    July 20, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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