Biden’s Doctor Says President, ‘Healthy, Vigorous, Fit for Duty’

Biden's Doctor Says President, 'Healthy, Vigorous, Fit for Duty' Biden's Doctor Says President, 'Healthy, Vigorous, Fit for Duty' (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Solange Reyner | Friday, 19 November 2021 05:57 PM

President Joe Biden is healthy, vigorous, and fit for duty, his physician wrote in a memo after the president's annual physical Friday morning at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Biden, 78, is the oldest first-term president in U.S. history; his mental state has been questioned by many Republicans since he took office last January.

He received a routine colonoscopy Friday while at Walter Reed, a process that required anesthesia and a short transfer of power to Vice President Kamala Harris for 85 minutes.

Presidents are not required to disclose results of their checkups.

"President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the president, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief," Dr. Kevin O'Connor wrote in his summary.

Former White House physician Ronny Jackson, now a U.S. representative, earlier this year called for Biden to take a cognitive assessment. Former President Donald Trump took it, and aced it, he told reporters in 2018.

"The American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their President," Jackson said in a news release signed by 13 other congressional lawmakers in June. " … I would argue that the American people don't have that confidence in President Biden."

The document signed by O'Connor, who has been Biden's primary care physician since 2009, detailed an account of the physical exam, including that the president has had episodes of atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that is treatable, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux, seasonal allergies, spinal arthritis and mild sensory peripheral neuropathy of both feet.

"For these, he takes three common prescription medications and two common over-the-counter medications," O'Connor wrote.

Biden said he was feeling "Great!" after he left the medical center in the afternoon.

"Great physical and a great House of Representatives vote," he said, referring to the House passage of his roughly $2 trillion "Build Back Better" plan.

At the White House, Biden said, "Nothing's changed" with his health, joking, "We're in great shape, and I'm looking forward to celebrating my 58th birthday."

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