Biden declared fit for office post examination

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20th February 2024 – (Washington) U.S. President Joe Biden has been given a clean bill of health, with his physician affirming his ability to fulfill the presidential role with vigor. Following a meticulous three-hour examination at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the White House’s medical advisor provided a reassuring assessment of the President’s physical state.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the President’s physician, released a detailed six-page medical report on Wednesday afternoon, confirming President Biden’s robust constitution. “A healthy, active, robust 81-year-old male,” as described in the report, President Biden continues to exhibit the requisite fitness to “successfully execute the duties of the presidency.” The comprehensive examination resulted in no new concerns regarding the President’s well-being.

The medical evaluation acknowledged several conditions that are being appropriately addressed and are consistent with the President’s age. These include sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation with a normal response from the ventricles, high lipid levels, gastroesophageal reflux, seasonal allergies, arthritis in the spine, and sensory peripheral neuropathy in the feet.

Notably, the President’s gait was observed to be stiff, mirroring the condition noted in the previous year, without any indication of deterioration.

President Biden’s unannounced medical visit on Wednesday morning came as a surprise, given the absence of any appointments on his public schedule shared the night before. The President discreetly informed reporters of his departure to Walter Reed just before boarding Marine One around 9 a.m.

The cloak of confidentiality surrounding the President’s annual physical is not uncommon, yet it highlights the sensitive nature of discussions surrounding his age and health. With President Biden’s re-election campaign on the horizon, the attention to his health is particularly acute, given that recent polls have shown voters’ concerns about his age and capability to serve another term.

In response to queries about cognitive testing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre emphasised that Dr. O’Connor did not find such an assessment necessary, arguing that the President faces a daily cognitive challenge through the demands of his office.

This latest health report comes after a turbulent period sparked by Special Counsel Robert Hur’s remarks on the President’s memory during a classified documents investigation, which was met with strong criticism from Biden and his team.

Upon his return to the White House and during a roundtable on crime, President Biden, addressing a question on his health, reassured the press and public, stating, “I’m all right. Everything is squared away.” When probed about any concerning findings from his examination, the President retorted with a touch of humour, “They think I look too young.”