- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 21, 2007

Bush to undergo colonoscopy today

President Bush will have a colonoscopy today and temporarily hand presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney, the White House said.

Press secretary Tony Snow told reporters yesterday that Mr. Bush will have the procedure at Camp David. His last such colorectal cancer check was June 29, 2002.

“As reported at the time and in subsequent physical exams, absent any symptoms, the president’s doctor recommended repeat surveillance in approximately five years,” Mr. Snow said. “The president has had no symptoms.”

Two polyps were discovered during examinations in 1998 and 1999, while Mr. Bush was governor of Texas. That made him a prime candidate for regular examinations.

During today’s transfer of power, the vice president will be at his home on the Chesapeake Bay in St. Michaels, Md., Mr. Snow said.

Shays to apologize to Capitol policeman

Rep. Christopher Shays said yesterday he will apologize to a Capitol Police officer for his behavior after he became frustrated while trying to locate a family of constituents outside the Capitol building.

“I interacted with a Capitol Police officer in a way that I know was not appropriate,” the Connecticut Republican said.

The congressman said that when he returns Monday to Washington, he plans to apologize in person to the officer.

Mr. Shays had been on his cell phone trying to find the family, caught in a rainstorm Thursday on the Capitol’s West Front.

Mr. Shays asked the intern guiding the family to hand a cell phone to the nearest Capitol Police officer, who could explain their location. The officer refused, according to a Shays aide.

Mr. Shays soon arrived on the scene, had angry words for the officer and reached up to read the officer’s name tag. Mr. Shays touched the officer’s name tag, Capitol Police said.

“The officer took offense to the manner in which the congressman spoke to him and said that the congressman also reached out and touched his name tag,” Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said.

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