VP Harris Takes Over For Biden During His Emergency Root Canal

President Biden had a root canal on Sunday and completed a follow-up root canal procedure Monday because of continued tooth pain, the White House announced.

Biden Gets a Root Canal

The Presidential Dental Team from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was able to perform an examination, including x-rays, White House physician Dr. O’Connor said in a memo.

A White House official said Biden, 80, was not put under anesthesia, and there was no invocation of the 25th Amendment, which provides that the president notify congressional leaders if temporarily “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” and hand those powers over to the vice president.

The president received a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth involved, as is typical for the procedure.

Kamala Gets Rained On While On Stage

Biden was supposed to host College Athlete Day at the White House, but Vice President Kamala Harris subbed for him so he could undergo the dental procedure.

Vice President Kamala Harris saluted more than a thousand U.S. college athletes from championship teams who gathered Monday at the White House South Lawn, saying that sports have a “very special way of bringing people together.”

“You inspire so many across our country, people you may never meet,” Harris said. “You remind all of us of what we can achieve.”

Biden is Doing Fine

As of Monday afternoon, the president’s root canal had been completed, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, adding that Biden will work in the residence.

“As far as the health of the president’s teeth, I cannot speak to that,” Jean-Pierre said, when asked what caused the root canal.

The president’s schedule beyond Monday is also busy, with White House events and trips to both Connecticut and Pennsylvania on the agenda. 

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