Mr Biden, who turned 79 last week and is the country’s oldest president, remains “healthy” and “strong” and fit for the job, Dr O’Connor said in his first report after Biden’s first routine physical in office. The president is showing some signs of aging, the doctor noted.
Mr Biden was put under anesthesia when he underwent the colonoscopy last week, briefly transfers presidential powers to Kamala Harris.
Presidents routinely invoke the 25th Amendment, which temporarily transfers power to the Vice President under anesthesia.
President George W Bush did it twice and transferred power to Dick Cheney when he underwent colonoscopies 2002 and 2007.
Donald Trump’s former press secretary strongly suggested that the former president underwent an undeclared colonoscopy in 2019 but skipped the anesthesia to avoid transferring power to his then vice president Mike Pence.
A story of minor health fears
Mr. Biden had his last full medical assessment in December 2019, when he was declared “fresh, energetic” and “fit to carry out the tasks of the Presidency successfully”.
The president has had episodes of atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that is potentially serious but treatable.
Mr. Biden’s most serious health fear was in 1988, when he needed surgery to repair two brain aneurysms.
The health of Mr. Biden, the oldest president to take office, has been the subject of intense scrutiny, especially among Republicans who have claimed that his regular verbal mistakes are a result of his age and declining mental condition.
A recent survey indicated that Americans have increased doubts about the president physical health and mental fitness.
In a Politico / Morning Consult poll last week, 50 percent of voters said they did not believe Mr Biden was in good health, while 40 percent said they did.