Very, very important and scary news:
Vice President Cheney will assume the presidency on an acting basis [Saturday] when President Bush undergoes general anesthesia for a routine colon examination, the White House said yesterday.
Bush will transfer powers under the 25th Amendment, which permits the president to voluntarily hand over authority when he is unable to perform his duties. The White House said Cheney will probably be in charge for about 2 1/2 hours while Bush recovers from the effects of the sedative.
And this has already happened before! On June 29, 2002, for the same reason.
Place joke about Cheney taking over and Bush getting something slipped up his colon here.