If Biden goes abroad on official business as president, will anyone act as president while he is away? If so, that person is a VP. And will America be considered the first time a black woman has had a president?
Interested in Canberra
Things work a little differently in Washington D.C. compared to Canberra. As you point out, When our Prime Minister is abroad on a trip or vacation, We have An Acting Prime Minister returned home (Usually Deputy Prime Minister). It applies if the Prime Minister is always too ill to perform their duties.
But that’s not how it works in the United States. The president is the president wherever they are in the world. The only thing that frees them from that responsibility is illness or disability. And include disability Goes under anesthesia for medical practice.
Since the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution in the late 1960s, there have been only three instances of an acting president:
- Vice President George HW Bush jumped into the role for about 8 hours when Ronald Reagan underwent surgery for colon cancer in 1985.
- When George W. Bush had regular colonoscopies in 2002 and 2007, Vice President Dick Cheney did the job twice, about two hours each.
When this happens, the current president writes a letter to Congress. As a 77-year-old man, there is absolutely no question that Biden may need a medical procedure for the next four years, whether it will require anesthesia or sedation.
But Harris The first black woman will be acting president. That “acting” will not be abandoned unless bad events happen, and Biden can no longer do that job.