Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Harris held the presidency for one hour and 25 minutes local time on Friday, November 19th. Joe Biden temporarily transferred power to Harris while he was under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy.
Center for American Women and Politics director Debbie Walsh said while this was a historic moment, it was not the first woman to serve as president in the United States.
But it reinforces the fact that for the first time a woman held the number one position in Uncle Sam’s land.
“For the first time, a woman is number one in line,” he said.
The 25th amendment to the US Constitution provides that the president can transfer power if he is unable to perform his duties.
The White House Press Office said the official letter to Congress announcing a temporary handover of power was delivered at 10:10 a.m. (1510 GMT) before Biden was sedated.
“The president resumed his duties at 11.35 am,” said a White House statement.
Biden, who turned 79 on Saturday, arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday morning. He underwent his first annual routine medical exam since taking office as US President.
The powers of the president were transferred to the former vice president when President George W. Bush performed a colonoscopy in 2002 and 2007.
Harris is the first woman to serve as Vice President of the United States before a woman has served as President in the country’s nearly 250-year history.
(herr / mik)