The Los Angeles
Times reported on May 30, 2008 that the Democratic Campaign released a
doctor's letter that Barack Obama was in "in excellent health". The
letter, by his longtime physician, stated that although the Senator had
not undergone a physical examination for sixteen months that he was physically
able to serve
as President of the United States. The report also mentioned that the presidential candidate
was struggling to quit smoking tobacco.
On August 25, 2008, Fox
News reported that
the chief of surgery
at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Dr. Michael Marin, said that Senator Biden,
despite his history of aneurysms, was healthy enough to serve as Vice
President. In 1988 Biden had corrective surgery to
repair two berry aneurysms, which get their name from the tiny
blueberry type of bulge that they make on blood vessels. Regular
checkups and CT scans are the prescribed treatment for early detection,
according to the article, and as long as a patient gets an
examination every one to two years he should have a normal life
USA TODAY reported on
August. 30, 2008 that Senator Biden had two surgeries for brain
aneurysms in 1988.
The US Constitution
has a provision in the event that if neither President or Vice President
are able to serve that Congress provide a law to name who would be next
in line. According to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, the
Speaker of the House would be the next in line to replace the President.
Nancy Pelosi is currently the Speaker of the House.
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