Americans had an idea when they choose Joe Biden to be the 46th President of the United States. While Biden is generally in good health and not so good in mental health, at 78. Biden will be the oldest president of the country has had.
In his last medical checkup, his physician, Kevin O’Connor of The George Washington University, defined the then-president-elect as a “healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief” as per via NBC.
Further, White House press secretary Jen Psaki says that the president “is so healthy, she sometimes has a hard time keeping up with him” Fox News reported. Biden isn’t doing so well. He has already suffered from two brain aneurysms that took place in the late 1980s, and he’s on different types of medication such as blood thinners, as well as tablets to help with minor problems such as acid reflux, cholesterol, and allergies.
Therefore, let’s see, what will happen if Biden dies in the office— which is something we had to do when former President Donald Trump came down with COVID-19 before the November elections in 2020 as per via Intelligencer.
According to thelist, The Presidential Succession Act ensures an orderly transfer of power. First of all, it might make you feel better to know that the country has laws that guarantee the continuity of government which keeps a vacancy from coming up if the president dies while in office.
The Presidential Succession Act has gone through some changes from when the act was first created in 1792, and amended in 1886, and then again in 1947. The changes had to do with the positions of both the Senate president pro tempore and the Speaker of the House within the line of succession as per via U.S. Senate.
While the United States has had some experience in losing a sitting president. Of the 46 heads of government, we’ve had so far, eight have died in office: William Henry Harrison; Zachary Taylor; Warren G. Harding; and Franklin D. Roosevelt all died of illness. The rest — Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, James Garfield, and John F. Kennedy — were assassinated as per via History Extra.
So, if Biden dies Vice President Kamala Harris will be the president, followed by the Speaker of the House — who at this time is Nancy Pelosi. After Pelosi, it would be the Senate President, Patrick Leahy, and then the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken. The last seat in the 16-person line of succession is the Secretary of Homeland Security as per via VOA.