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President Joe Biden got a physical at Walter Reed Medical Center recently, which included briefly handing over control to Vice President Kamala Harris while he was sedated for a colonoscopy.
While many Americans have been concerned about Biden’s physical and mental health – he is, after all, the country’s longest-serving president at 79 years old – his physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, essentially gave the president a clean bill of health after consulting with a number of other specialists at Walter Reed, including optometrists, dentists, ENT specialists, cardiologists, neurologists, and gastroenterologists.
For one thing, O’Connor mentioned that Biden has a “Pronounced” cough that he didn’t think was worth discussing.
“The President has experienced increasing frequency and severity of ‘throat clearing’ and coughing during speaking engagements. He has exhibited such symptoms for as long as I have known him, but they certainly seem to be more frequent and more pronounced over the last few months,” the physician noted in a memo to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Because Biden is already taking acid blockers for reflux, the doctor decided that no further therapy was necessary.
The White House physician and his team concluded that the stiffer walk is caused by advanced spinal arthritis and “Limp and compensation” from a fractured foot Biden suffered last year after consulting with specialists in orthopedics, neurology, radiography, and physical therapy.
Any reference of Biden’s mental health, which has sparked the most worry among Americans, was conspicuously lacking from O’Connor’s medical.