Kamala Harris heads to Ohio after holding presidential power for 85 minutes

It was fun, but it was short-lived.

After becoming the first female to hold the presidency, Kamala Harris was able to resume her normal duties and board Air Force Two to go to Ohio.

While President Biden underwent a colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, the president temporarily transferred his powers.

According to reports from the White House and his doctors, the president was off-duty between 10:10 AM and 11:35 AM.

Prior to undergoing the procedure, Biden informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate President pro tempore Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that he would be under sedation and would “transfer temporarily the powers and duties of the office of President of the United States to the Vice President during the brief period of the procedure and recovery” in accordance with the 25th Amendment. 

US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland before tavelling to Columbus, Ohio on November 19, 2021. - Harris held presidential powers for a total of one hour and 25 minutes while President Joe Biden was under anesthetic, the White House said Friday
Before traveling on to Columbus, Ohio in November 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at Andrews Air Force Base.
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Harris held presidential powers for one hour and 25 minutes while President Biden was under anesthetic.
Harris was in the presidential chair for 1 hour, 25 minutes during President Biden’s anesthetic session on November 19, 2021.
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The appointment was not originally listed on Biden’s Friday schedule and was announced fewer than three hours before the president arrived at the hospital.

During Friday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki had few details about how Harris spent her 85 minutes as acting president, pointing reporters to the vice president’s office for additional information.

President Joe Biden arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a physical exam, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Bethesda, Md.
On Nov. 19, 2021, President Biden visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to undergo a physical examination.
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“I will note that, you know, the President, when he selected her to be his running mate, obviously he knew he was making history — was making history that was long overdue, in our view,” Psaki said, “and part of that was selecting someone who would serve by your side as your partner, but also step in if you were — if there was a reason to, and that includes the application of the 25th Amendment as was done this morning.”

Harris was scheduled to give remarks in Columbus, Ohio, later Friday as part of the administration’s nationwide push to promote the recently-enacted $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

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