President Joe Biden was forced to reschedule his Monday meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg after undergoing a root canal surgery on Sunday. The White House announced that the meeting will instead take place on Tuesday.
The President had been suffering from tooth soreness on Sunday, which was treated with a root canal. The pain continued on Monday, leading to the rescheduling of the meeting with Stoltenberg. The dental procedure also forced Biden to miss the White House’s College Athlete Day for NCAA championship athletes on Monday morning.
According to Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s physician, the dental team from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center performed the examination at the White House on Sunday, which included X-rays. The team then determined that a root canal was the best course of action. O’Connor noted that the President tolerated the procedure well and there were no complications.
President Joe Biden Forced to Reschedule Meeting with NATO Secretary-General Due to Root Canal Surgery
Biden, 80, is the oldest president in American history. In June, he stumbled and fell at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, raising concerns about his age and health ahead of the 2024 election.
The President received his physical in February, after weeks of delays that were reportedly due to his busy schedule. O’Connor issued a physical summary stating that Biden remained a healthy, vigorous, and fit 80-year-old male, who could successfully execute the duties of the presidency as chief executive, head of state, and commander-in-chief.
Biden’s recent health issues have once again shined a spotlight on his age and fitness levels, with many questioning whether he is up to the task of leading the country for another four years. The President has previously stated that he plans to run for re-election in 2024.
Despite his age, Biden has been keeping a busy schedule since taking office, with trips to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as various domestic events and meetings. His administration has also been pushing ambitious policies aimed at addressing climate change, infrastructure, healthcare, and other issues.
In the meantime, Vice President Kamala Harris stepped in for Biden at the White House’s College Athlete Day on Monday, highlighting the importance of having a capable and competent vice president who can fill in when the President is unable to attend events or fulfill his duties.
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As for Biden, he is expected to complete his root canal on Monday at the White House. Despite the inconvenience and pain caused by the procedure, his physician has assured the public that the President is otherwise healthy and fit for his duties as the leader of the United States.