July 20th, 2007
01:25 PM ET
12 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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  1. Joseph Wayne

    If I was other countries around the world, I'd have my military on high alert because ol Cheney might just have fun invading another country and trying to find those WMD's!

    July 20, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Matt Moran, Shenandoah Junction, WV

    Bush under anesthesia. Cheney in charge... How is this different than every other day at the White House?

    July 20, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Chris, St. Paul, MN

    Section 3 of the 25th Amendment: "Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President."

    Point: Bush regains power when he wants. Cheney cannot hold on to it. Don't you people watch West Wing?!?!?! ; )

    July 20, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Michael - Stamford, CT

    If anything both Dick Cheney and President Bush should be impeached over Iraq. Bill Clinton lied about having sex while Bush and Cheney lied about the reasons for going to war with Iraq. Which is worse? It's a shame this congress hasn't held them accountable. It's also a national disgrace how this administration refuses to pardon our border control agents as they sit in jail for doing their job to protect the American people. This administration is going to go down as the worst in the history of the country!

    July 20, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Jeff Pfeffer Hanover MD .

    The end of humanity has come. Tricky Dicky will push the price of gas above $4.00 a gallon so Haliburton's stock price will soar and he will be even richer.

    July 20, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Eric R. , Green Bay, WI

    Look up the 25th Amendment on Wikipedia if you really want to be scared. Cheny can keep power for up to 27 days by convincing the Cabinet that Bush is incapable of being President. The war in Iran could be over and lost by that point.

    July 20, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Joe Chiaffitelli-Oklahoma City, OK

    The caption for that article should have read, "President Bush is going to have his brain examined".

    July 20, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. G. Shapiro, Brooklyn, NY

    How could he take power ? I thought he wasn't in the executive branch !

    July 20, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Joe Newby, Idaho

    DailyKos must be filled up for the BDS sufferers to post here.

    July 20, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Rod, Brandon, FL

    Prayers are with the President, and with the country.

    July 20, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. jamie marshall minnesota

    Is it possible to impeach Cheney during these 2 1/2 hours?

    July 20, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. A. Villa Houston, Texas

    This place is quite an echo chamber of 'hate Bush' venom.

    Luckily, brainwashed leftists are rarely put in charge of the country.

    July 20, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Mikey, Alpena, Mi

    This will be the only pull out W is involved in all year

    July 20, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Pasnak, Vancouver, Canada

    Lets hope during the Procedure on Bush they find his Brain.

    July 20, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Kevin, Nashville TN

    Oh lord, heaven help us. No telling what Darth Cheney will do when the sith lord is under. I am guessing break more laws, ignore the constitution and throw in some torture for good measure.

    July 20, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Mars, Renton, WA

    I think they're going to finally find the WMDs – those two brain cells Bush has been operating with.

    July 20, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Bob, Janesville WI

    The moron will probably declare war on Iran, Syria and North Korea simultaneously.

    July 20, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Dave - Milwaukee WI

    Geese, I'm more worried about stepping in dog doo doo in my local city park. You people first need to get a clue. Once you have a one, GET A LIFE! Cordially yours,

    July 20, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    How long did it take the Roman Empire to fall?

    3 hours? Few. Ok good, I was worried there for a second.

    July 20, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. D, NYC

    Does this mean that Cheney is "officially" a member of the Executive Branch????

    July 20, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Vlad (NJ)

    Let's all hope he doesn't manage to bomb Canada in those two hours.

    July 20, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. rjones2818, Central, Indiana

    If I'm the government of Iran on Saturday, I'd be on full alert for the time W's under.

    July 20, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Erica, Seattle, WA

    If Cheney wants to do anything useful as temp. president of the United States, he should actually address the Global Poverty issue on an executive level. According to the Borgen Project, 78% favor helping poor countries develop their economies as a way to fight terrorism. If he listens, the people would definitely appreciate it.

    July 20, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    GOOD LUCK, MR PRESIDENT! I hope you receive a clean bill of health.

    And please don't give much time to the "comedians" posting here. When the average American knows every contestant on American Idol but is clueless as to the cabinet members of the White House... THIS is what you get!

    July 20, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    God, help us.

    July 20, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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