July 21st, 2007
10:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Bush reclaims presidential powers after colonoscopy

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.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    It's a pity the colonscopy couldn't go a little further and examine Bush's head as well.

    July 21, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Ken - Dallas, TX

    Well, dictator Bush is back from anesthesia. Thanks goodness. It would have been absolute tyranny if Cheney became dictator for more than the time it took for his minion to have his procedure.

    July 21, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. NotA Bush Fan, TN

    Sorry to disappoint all the doomsayers, but the world did not come to an end while Cheney held the reins of power.

    July 21, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Walta, Knoxville, TN

    Last time Bush had a colonoscopy, the found something: his head. Anyone knows the medical terminology of brain check? Is it brainoscopy?

    July 21, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Sonjay, Tulsa OK

    Last time Bush had a colonoscopy they found something: his head. Anyone knows how long it takes to do a brainoscopy? I recommend that for the president, vice president and congress.

    July 21, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Isn't Hillary due for one of these as well, after all it is advisable for "men" over the age of 50?

    July 21, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. R Roger Beck, Scottsdale, AZ

    We should all pray for Mr. Bush's good health. After all, if something removed him, we'd all have to deal with the ultimate force of Darkness-initials: RBC!

    July 21, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Pete, T.S. FL

    Doctors immediately name the five polyps;

    Osama, Constitution, Truth, Honesty, and America!

    They were transferred to Gitmo within moments of removal………………………………


    July 21, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    In addition to finding Bush's brain (i.e. Rove) up his colon, the four other "polyps" ("political yes-persons") were tentatively identified as Gonzales, Lott, McConnell and Petraeus.

    July 21, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. JB, Staten Island, NY

    i needed a laugh and got one as usually from all you idiots that love to say Bush is an idiot and Cheney is Satan.. Yet, after 7 years, the Constitution is still intact. Nothing like the overreacting and lying leftist.. Shouldn't you be out defending cop killers or something, its such nice weather today.

    July 21, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Mal, Tallahassee Fl

    Jay Leno had it right, the doctors who did the colonoscopy finally found Dubya's head.

    July 21, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Dixon Benshoof, Des Moines Iowa

    I am glad I didn't know Cheney had assumed power until it was over. Bush is scarey enough with out the stress of Cheney as our Leader. I'm glad it was only a couple hours.

    July 21, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Brian, Baltimore, MD

    As much as I think Bush is the worst thing to happen to this country, 18 months of Dark Vader would be ten times worse.

    July 21, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. B.ProsserME

    Go one step further: Take back the Presidency from the rat-pack Democrat Congress.

    July 21, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Dawn, Bigfork MT

    I was surprised to hear that Bush was getting a colonoscopy. His head's been up there for so long, he should've been able to tell the doctors what he sees. (more of our tax dollars wasted)

    July 22, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. SS, USA

    Couldn't have said it better Dawn!

    Cheney doesn't need one either!

    July 22, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |