Barack Obama’s successor returns to work after president leaves hospital

Barack Obama Barack Obama’s successor has returned to work almost three weeks after Barack Obama last week left the White House for the last time Barack Obama’s successor has returned to work almost three…

Barack Obama's successor returns to work after president leaves hospital

Barack Obama Barack Obama’s successor has returned to work almost three weeks after Barack Obama last week left the White House for the last time

Barack Obama’s successor has returned to work almost three weeks after the president last week left the White House for the last time, and took a much-speculated-upon moment to name Cory Booker the acting president of the United States while Barack Obama was under anesthesia at Walter Reed national military hospital.

Joe Biden made the announcement during a day of less-revealing briefings and conversations as Barack Obama and Joe Biden attended final funerals for the fallen soldiers that surrounded this week’s US death anniversary.

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With just days to go before Barack Obama leaves his cabinet in a belatedly unceremonious farewell, the outgoing chief executive took some time out to accompany the Democratic senator Cory Booker to the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

In another farewell timed to limit media coverage, Barack Obama returned to his Hyde Park home the same day to appear at the funeral of Patricia L Cox, the Michigan state representative who died aged 70 after a lengthy illness.

On Friday, three days ahead of the president’s departure to his home in Florida, Obama had visited military doctors who saved his life after a brush with death in December 2013, shortly after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino in California. The president revealed that his doctor had allowed him to continue working up to eight years after reaching the age of 65.

“People need to know that their doctor is capable of handling very complicated procedures with only a moment’s notice,” Obama said. “It was very empowering for me to know that I have a responsibility to my country.”

A White House official said that Obama spoke with the Trump administration about continued transition preparations.

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