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. georgia

    Cheney fires BUSH for not granting Libby a FULL PARDON...Lynn Cheney to be the new VP. Donate $5000 to the Libby defense fund a recive a blank pardon. Offer expires in 2 hours

    July 20, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Trish, Houston, Texas

    At least – It is nice to see that this Country if mostly awake, and has a clear picture of how bad things are. I should have gotten my passport earlier.

    July 20, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Will, Prairie Village, KS

    To everyone complaining about the negative (but very funny and apropos) comments about this, ask yourself if maybe there isn't a reason for all of these comments. I, for one, am glad to see that so many people realize what is going on in this country.

    July 20, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |

    I don't know why President Bush needs a colonoscopy – all of the a-holes are writing comments here! Good luck, President Bush! Don't listen to the left wing NUT JOBS! Grow up, idiots!

    July 20, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. IF Colorado

    Well said:
    Paul, GrosCulPleinDeMerde, Canada : July 20, 2007 1:51 pm

    Sadly, this kind of critical thinking does not seem to agree with the remaining 30% who approve of Bush.

    July 20, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Pamela, Columbus Ohio

    Hey America, glad to see ya wakin up to the sorry truth about this administration. It's hurts to admit how far wrong we have gone when most Americans are worried about their VP officially taking the helm, if even for a couple of hours. The blinders are off for the vast majority and the rest... well just know, when you finally DO remove them...we'll welcome you back to the fold.

    It's far past time to......

    July 20, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. mark, wv

    i dislike bush...greatly...BUT..i will pray for a healthy report, no problems during the procedure, and get him back to work asap

    GOD HELP US IF THE VP should have to take over. t'would be the Kingdom of Haliburton.

    July 20, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Sarah, Orlando FL

    How can anyone defend either one of these men? They ignore the constitution, promote discrimination on a governmental level, spend billions on a war to get soldiers killed for oil (btw with that money Americans could have free health care for life), and scandal after scandal say they support whoever is the scapegoat, then do whatever it takes to keep those involved from answering for their actions, and then finally say they had no idea what was going on. Bush has poor policy on every front, and Cheney.. Well evil evil.. I don't care how "moral" people think Bush is, the guy used the religious right to get elected, protested a hand count (which he had promoted when a TX was in question) and then somehow reelected! Are you seriously saying this guy is a good president?!? Hopefully history isn't blind to the immoral and anti-American BS of this Administration. While the Dr's are up there can we request they insert a brain?

    BTW wanting the troops out doesn't mean I don't support the troops.. it means I support their right not to leave their families and put their lives in danger unless it is for a good (and real) reason.

    July 20, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Paul, GrosCulPleinDeMerde, Canada

    Thank you for your comments “IF Colorado: July 20, 2007 1:59 pm".

    I do realize that "only" 30% of American citizen are behind this administration, which is still amazing. Unfortunately, the all country has to wait until 2009 to see new faces.

    On another note, Stephen Harper, our relatively new prime minister in Canada is also moving our country in the wrong directions on all important issues (environment, Medicare and social security).

    July 20, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Christopher R. Tombstone, AZ

    Finally!! Cheney's genious is unmatched, and you all are too liberally lefty to see it. No matter what you continue to cry about, this patriot will continue to serve our country with shrudeness. I only wish he'd run in 2008!!!!!!

    July 20, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Tony, Lake Worth FL

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

    The moron who wrote that comment apparently never read the US Constitution.

    July 20, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. will Atlanta

    Remember the 2000 elections? I do, and what stands out in my mind the most is the scene when the Congressional Black Caucus walked out of chambers in protests of the ratification of the election results, which was marred by the thousands of African-Americans who's votes were thrown out. Now America, you got what you wanted...a den of vipers in the White House. Review what has happened to America and its good will that took most of the 20th century to develop. The blood spilled for profit, heads of state assassinated via CIA (Remember Mosedeq in Iran overthrown by CIA and replaced with Sha Rezza), now you have a band of sicko's who need blood for profit in the white house. And to think, some 'Americans' are OK with that. YOU BROUGHT THIS ON YOURSELVES! Reminds me of the fall of Rome, but this time the barbarians ARE in the gate and running the show. Fat, comfortable American public, enjoying sick sit-coms on TV while their country went to hell. You had a chance to be a REAL American then and stand up for what was right, but since those disenfranchised had darker hued skin it was acceptable. Now look at your country. You snooze, you loose!

    July 20, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Paul, GCPDM, Canada

    Dear "REDSTATE : July 20, 2007 1:56 pm"

    I guess you are among the 30% of Americans who are either putting lots of $$$ in their pockets or retarded. If you are not retarded you better protect your wealth by buying some GOLD.
    Bush for 6 years was enough to put the final nail on the coffin of the dollar – this government betrayed its citizens for its own interests. When the Chinese or Japanese stop recycling their surpluses in your country the US will be officially BANKRUPT.

    Stop watching Fox News and switch to Lou Dobbs for a month

    July 20, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Michael, Cambridge, New York

    Maybe while they're in there, then can work on Bush's brain.

    July 20, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. MJ, Lakewood, OH

    Imagine what he could do in two hours

    July 20, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Mike Soul, Seattle, WA

    This just like the Harry Potter book issue. The doctor's just want a sneak preview of Bush's IRAQ exit strategy. And no fear about Cheney having supreme executive powers, by his own admission he isn't part of the Executive Branch. Only in America...

    July 20, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Pamela, Columbus OH

    The moron will probably declare war on Iran, Syria and North Korea simultaneously.
    The moron who wrote that comment apparently never read the US Constitution.
    Posted By Tony, Lake Worth FL : July 20, 2007 2:26 pm

    --> And obviously neither has Bush or Cheney.

    July 20, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    Okay, Dingbats: Here are YOUR legislators who voted to go to Iraq and now you mindless twits are blaming one man – the President. Get your facts straight.

    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 107th Congress – 2nd Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

    Vote Summary

    Question: On the Joint Resolution (H.J.Res. 114 )
    Vote Number: 237 Vote Date: October 11, 2002, 12:50 AM
    Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Joint Resolution Passed
    Measure Number: H.J.Res. 114
    Measure Title: A joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.
    Vote Counts: YEAs 77
    NAYs 23
    Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

    Alphabetical by Senator Name Akaka (D-HI), Nay
    Allard (R-CO), Yea
    Allen (R-VA), Yea
    Baucus (D-MT), Yea
    Bayh (D-IN), Yea
    Bennett (R-UT), Yea
    Biden (D-DE), Yea
    Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
    Bond (R-MO), Yea
    Boxer (D-CA), Nay
    Breaux (D-LA), Yea
    Brownback (R-KS), Yea
    Bunning (R-KY), Yea
    Burns (R-MT), Yea
    Byrd (D-WV), Nay
    Campbell (R-CO), Yea
    Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
    Carnahan (D-MO), Yea
    Carper (D-DE), Yea
    Chafee (R-RI), Nay
    Cleland (D-GA), Yea
    Clinton (D-NY), Yea
    Cochran (R-MS), Yea
    Collins (R-ME), Yea
    Conrad (D-ND), Nay
    Corzine (D-NJ), Nay
    Craig (R-ID), Yea
    Crapo (R-ID), Yea
    Daschle (D-SD), Yea
    Dayton (D-MN), Nay
    DeWine (R-OH), Yea
    Dodd (D-CT), Yea
    Domenici (R-NM), Yea
    Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
    Durbin (D-IL), Nay
    Edwards (D-NC), Yea
    Ensign (R-NV), Yea
    Enzi (R-WY), Yea
    Feingold (D-WI), Nay
    Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Fitzgerald (R-IL), Yea
    Frist (R-TN), Yea
    Graham (D-FL), Nay
    Gramm (R-TX), Yea
    Grassley (R-IA), Yea
    Gregg (R-NH), Yea
    Hagel (R-NE), Yea
    Harkin (D-IA), Yea
    Hatch (R-UT), Yea
    Helms (R-NC), Yea
    Hollings (D-SC), Yea
    Hutchinson (R-AR), Yea
    Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
    Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
    Inouye (D-HI), Nay
    Jeffords (I-VT), Nay
    Johnson (D-SD), Yea
    Kennedy (D-MA), Nay
    Kerry (D-MA), Yea
    Kohl (D-WI), Yea
    Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
    Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
    Leahy (D-VT), Nay
    Levin (D-MI), Nay
    Lieberman (D-CT), Yea
    Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
    Lott (R-MS), Yea
    Lugar (R-IN), Yea
    McCain (R-AZ), Yea
    McConnell (R-KY), Yea
    Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
    Miller (D-GA), Yea
    Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
    Murray (D-WA), Nay
    Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Nelson (D-NE), Yea
    Nickles (R-OK), Yea
    Reed (D-RI), Nay
    Reid (D-NV), Yea
    Roberts (R-KS), Yea
    Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Santorum (R-PA), Yea
    Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay
    Schumer (D-NY), Yea
    Sessions (R-AL), Yea
    Shelby (R-AL), Yea
    Smith (R-NH), Yea
    Smith (R-OR), Yea
    Snowe (R-ME), Yea
    Specter (R-PA), Yea
    Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
    Stevens (R-AK), Yea
    Thomas (R-WY), Yea
    Thompson (R-TN), Yea
    Thurmond (R-SC), Yea
    Torricelli (D-NJ), Yea
    Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
    Warner (R-VA), Yea
    Wellstone (D-MN), Nay
    Wyden (D-OR), Nay

    July 20, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Cheney you the man in Wicthia KS

    This time around they will probably find a cancer cell (aka Billary) a cancer that will spread far and wide, until the whole country is infected with its liberal stink.

    July 20, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Ann, Des Moines, Iowa

    God help us, alright – from the people that suffer so severely from BDS that they spew childish venom on boards like this. Grow up people!

    July 20, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    "Cheney you the man in Wicthia KS" –

    Ditto to that!

    Liberals – Should we send you a "fax" to give you the President's health status? Oooops, my bad, your legislators don't read them – that's right. haaaaaa

    July 20, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Kevin, Nashville Tn

    Wow, the three guys who actually support Cheney made a comment. I didn't know in anyone like that really existed or if there were people who really are that naive and stupid to actually still support this moron and Bush.

    July 20, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |

    To "Paul, GCPDM, Canada:"

    FYI – Because I work 40 hours a week and on top of that, raise a family, all while not blaming President Bush for my own fiscal responsibility, I don't watch much t.v., Mr. Canada. However, when I do, I watch ALL of the news channels – even though all of them cater to liberals like you. Unlike people like you, I don't stick to one man to get my "facts". Gee, Lou Dobbs is so non-partisan. And also, be careful criticizing another country's president lest you find yourself up against the wrath of Congress like Hugo Chavez did. We don't like our President criticized by other countries – he's still OUR President!

    July 20, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. John, Ca.

    To the "dingbat" that posted the Senate vote:


    and more Democrats, in total, from the House and Senate voted against the measure.

    We won't even get into the fact that it was suppose to be a last resort after the Imperial President went back to the UN for another vote.

    He never went back to the UN for that vote!

    The Republic Party needs to stop filibustering the will of the people!!

    July 20, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Mike, HI

    DEMSDUH, neither of my senators voted for the president to go to war. Does that mean I can still blame the president? 🙂

    July 20, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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