It was the colonoscopy that made historical past.
Whereas President Biden went underneath anesthesia on Friday for the routine medical process, Vice President Kamala Harris assumed the powers of commander in chief.
It was the primary time that somebody who wasn’t a person served in that function, even quickly. Biden ceded his authority to Harris from 7:10 a.m. (Pacific) to eight:35 a.m., and the White Home stated she spent the time working from her workplace within the West Wing.
The switch of energy was a reminder of Harris’ standing as the primary lady and the primary particular person of colour to be vice chairman.
“Has the glass ceiling shattered?” stated Bakari Sellers, a political ally of Harris. “No, however it does have one other crack.”
The second additionally supplied a glimpse of a future that has thus far proved elusive for American girls. A number of have run for the nation’s highest workplace — Hillary Clinton, after all, got here the closest — however none have succeeded.
Harris herself sought the Democratic presidential nomination earlier than dropping out early in final yr’s main. Biden selected her as his vice chairman shortly earlier than accepting the nomination himself.
“It’s a extremely dope expertise,” added Sellers of Harris’ transient second as commander in chief. “It has to heat your coronary heart.”
Harris has drawn outsized consideration not solely due to her historic standing, however due to Biden’s age. He’s the oldest particular person to be sworn in as president, and he turns 79 on Saturday.
Biden obtained the colonoscopy throughout what the White Home described as his common bodily examination.
The switch of energy was dealt with underneath part 3 of the twenty fifth modification to the U.S. Structure, which permits the president to voluntarily switch authority to the vice chairman.
It’s not an uncommon step. President George W. Bush did the identical factor with Vice President Dick Cheney in 2002 and 2007.