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The colonoscopy President Joe Biden just had was apparently not as routine as we had heard from the White House and the media.
The president had a “potentially pre-cancerous lesion” removed during his colonoscopy last week, Fox News reported.
Biden had a “benign appearing 3 mm polyp removed” last week that was sent in for testing and “identified as a tubular adenoma,” according to a memorandum released by the White House Wednesday.
“This is similar to the polyp which he had removed in 2008,” a memorandum, signed by Physician to the President Kevin C O’Connor said. “A tubular adenoma is a benign, slow-growing, but thought to be pre-cancerous lesion for which no further action is required at this time.”
It said that the 79-year-old president should receive a “repeat colonoscopy in 7 to 10 years.”
The doctor otherwise said that the president was “healthy” and vigorous,” and still fit to do the job of president.
Last week Biden had to temporarily give the powers of the presidency to Vice President Kamala Harris when he had the procedure.
On the day before his 79th birthday Biden went in for a colonoscopy and will be under anesthesia, during which time Harris was in charge, The Daily Mail reported.
The White House said Harris would work out of her office in the West Wing, meaning she will not be in the Oval Office as she assumes presidential power.
Biden’s motorcade arrived at Walter Reed Military Center at 8:51 a.m. ET on Friday morning, where he was to undergo his first physical as president. It comes the day before he 79th birthday. Biden, wearing a face mask, waved as he went inside.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced early Friday morning that Biden would be examined, adding later he ‘will undergo a routine colonoscopy.’
“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia. The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” she said.
The White House said it will issue a report on the president’s health on Friday afternoon.
But the procedure comes as many have begun questioning the health and fitness of the near octogenarian president.
In a new poll voters expressed doubts about Biden’s health and fitness, Politico reported.
“Only 40 percent of voters surveyed agreed with the statement that Biden ‘is in good health,’ while 50 percent disagreed. That 10-percentage-point gap — outside the poll’s margin of error — represents a massive 29-point shift since October 2020, when Morning Consult last surveyed the question and found voters believed Biden was in good health by a 19-point margin,” it said.
And when it came to his mental fitness voters were split evenly on the question, with 46 percent saying he is and 48 percent believing that he is not. But in a poll that was taken last October, voters thought he was mentally fit by a margin of 21-points.
It also comes as another poll showed that the majority of Americans want Biden to step aside and allow someone else to be the Democrat nominee in the 2024 presidential election.
According to a Hill-HarrisX poll, most Americans want Biden to step aside for another candidate to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2024.
The poll found that a whopping 61% of voters prefer that Biden not seek a second term in office.
Just 24% of respondents supported a reelection bid, and another 15% said they were unsure if he should run again.
In results that broke along party lines, 87% of Republicans said he should not run again, compared with 37% of Democrats.
More importantly, 59% of Independents also said Biden should only serve one term.