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Monday, July 23, 2007
A brief moment of horror
Welcome back, Dubya... I guess ... for a little over two hours on Saturday, George W. Bush handed over the powers of his office to the stand-in POTUS ... one Richard Bruce Cheney ... while Bush was under anasthesia at Camp David with a tube up his butt:

At 7:16 a.m. EDT Bush invoked Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to voluntarily transfer his powers of the presidency to Cheney while he was unable to discharge his duties during the colonoscopy procedure.

He reclaimed his powers at 9:21 a.m. EDT, Stanzel said. Bush is expected to return to the White House on Sunday.
This frightening scenario has happened before, back in July of 2002, during his previous colonoscopy. Back then, one writer out West had this to say:

Thankfully, Mr. Cheney didn't order a robot duplicate of himself made, since his own robotic parts are rusting and aren't compatible with Mr. Gore's parts. After a two-hour procedure, President Bush's presidential powers were returned scandal-free.
heeheeeee... So just what was up Bush's bum this time?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush had five polyps removed during a routine colon cancer test on Saturday, but his doctors described them as small and apparently not worrisome, the White House said.

The polyps, all less than one centimeter (0.4 inch), will be tested to determine whether there are any signs of cancer and the results are expected to be available within 48 hours to 72 hours, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel told reporters.

"None appeared worrisome," he said, citing the president's doctors. The president "was in very good spirits and in good humor and looks forward to returning to his activities."
OK now here's the funny part:

Bush was planning to take a bicycle ride later on Saturday afternoon after participating in briefings with National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and eating lunch with them, Stanzel said.
Ouch ... that's gonna smart...

So what did Mr. Cheney, who has fought for more than 30 years to build an imperial presidency, do with his vast powers as the Unitary Executive? According to White House spokesman Scott Stanzel:

Stanzel said Cheney spent the morning reading at his home on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and "nothing occurred that required him to take official action as acting president."

Whew. Looks like we dodged the bullet. But just in case, somebody please double check that Iran is still there...?

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