July 21st, 2007
09:52 AM ET
12 years ago

Bush transfers power to Cheney

President Bush underwent a colonoscopy Saturday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush on Saturday transferred his presidential power temporarily to Vice President Cheney just before he underwent a routine colonoscopy.

"This morning at 7:16 a.m., letters from President Bush were faxed to the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate," the White House announced. "These letters informed them of his decision to invoke Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to voluntarily transfer his powers and duties to the Vice President. This transmission transfers his duties, therefore the Vice President is now serving as Acting President."

The White House said the "transfer ends when the president transmits a second "written declaration" – i.e., a letter – to the congressional leaders advising that he is resuming those powers effective immediately."

The procedure, called "routine" has already begun, the White House said.

It is expected to take about two and a half hours, the chief White House spokesman said on Friday.

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 (5 Responses)
  1. James Nussbaum

    I thought Cheney already had all the power.

    July 21, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Roger Krueger


    I had my colonscopy without the sedative (so I could drive myself home) and sure, it hurt like heck.

    But comparitively, I've had both migraines and an infected wisdom tooth that hurt a lot worse.

    July 21, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Tony Snow spends most of his time up there anyhow, so why didn't he just take a look around for more "polyps" (political yes-persons)?

    July 21, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |

    Imagine transfering power for a few hours. Reagan never transfered power to Bush 41, and Reagan was mostly "Out of it" for all of his second term.

    July 21, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Shawn, Suprise, AZ

    During the time Cheney had preidential power – did he pardon Libby?

    July 21, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |