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Joe Biden Got A Colonoscopy And America Got Its First Woman President

It also meant the 85-minute historic milestone became the butt of jokes on social media.

Posted on November 19, 2021, at 2:02 p.m. ET

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The period between 10:10 a.m. and 11:35 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, will go down in the annals of history as the time the US had its first woman president.

During that time, President Joe Biden had to temporarily transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris because he was sedated for a routine colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Which meant that for 85 minutes, Harris was the president of the United States of America.

Statement from @PressSec on Biden's routine physical this AM...

Twitter: @slisker

It also meant the 85-minute historic milestone became the butt of internet jokes. Like, yes, it took a camera going up a man's ass for this country to make a woman president.

We got the first woman president because a dude had a colonoscopy

Twitter: @LEBassett

It's every little girl's dream, really.

Just how I’ve imagined it since I was a little girl.

Twitter: @lcollinsp

Well, colorectal me amazed.

this feels like a veep bit

Twitter: @Boringstein

Our once-broken democracy was hole again.

Having the first female president (and she’s a woman of color!!!) in power if even if temporarily…even under butthole circumstances….still kind of cool

Twitter: @sadbaberobyn

It brought out some A+ headlines.

In the waning days of of democracy I’m glad we still have Gawker

Twitter: @mattranalletta

You can't spell POTUS without POT.

I would have gone with "Anal exploration leads to first female POTUS" as the headline, but that's just me.

Twitter: @XRufio

A coincidence?

Pretty messed up to do this on international men's day

Twitter: @Funk_Barn


We did it, Joe!

Twitter: @DeniseMarie13

Butt all jokes aside, colorectal health is important. Here are some CDC guidelines on screening.

I hate that I know his business. But I’m glad this was acknowledged. We need more of this to eliminate the public stigma surrounding speaking about colorectal health

Twitter: @Jazsy_Phae

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