Exploring the Tenures of the Three Acting Presidents of the United States

About Acting President of the United States

An acting president temporarily wields presidential powers without holding the office, upholding the United States' leadership amidst transitions.

How many people have been acting president?

As of my last knowledge, there have been THREE individuals who have served as acting president of the United States:

1. George H. W. Bush

On July 13, 1985, George Bush became acting president during Ronald Reagan's surgery, marking the first VP to temporarily assume presidential duties for about eight hours.

2. Dick Cheney

Cheney briefly acted as president on June 29, 2002, 7:09-9:24 a.m., invoking the 25th Amendment during George W. Bush's colonoscopy.

3. Kamala Harris

Harris, on Nov 19, 2021, briefly acted as president, a historic first for a woman, during Biden's colonoscopy, invoking the Twenty-fifth Amendment.

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