Joe Biden accompanies wife Jill to DC outpatient center for ‘common medical procedure’

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrived at an outpatient medical center near George Washington Hospital in downtown Washington D.C. on Wednesday for the first lady to undergo ‘a common medical procedure.’

No further details were released about Jill Biden’s procedure or condition. Her office declined to provide additional information when asked by

The 69-year-old first lady was seen walking into the medical building, on L St. on 21st St. and 22nd St just a few blocks from the White House, wearing a dark-colored pants suit, the president at her side. Both were wearing face masks. 

The appointment was announced in late-night change to the president’s schedule on Tuesday evening.

Jill Biden could have gone solo to the appointment and not have it publicly announced.

The first lady doesn’t travel with a regular pool of reporters as the president does. When then-first lady Melania Trump had a kidney procedure in May 2018, she went by herself to Walter Reed Medical Center. Her office later released a statement on her condition.

President Joe Biden accompanied first lady Jill Biden to a Washington D.C. outpatient center on Wednesday morning for a ‘common medical procedure’

Jill Biden’s health has not been a concern since her husband took office. 

The White House said the first couple will resume their normal schedule after the appointment.

‘Tomorrow morning, the President will accompany the First Lady to an appointment for a common medical procedure at an outpatient center in Washington, DC,’ the White House announced Tuesday night. ‘Afterward, the President and the First Lady will return to the White House to resume their normal schedule.’

President Biden is scheduled to make remarks on the situation in Afghanistan and to visit Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where many service members who served there are buried.

The next item on Jill Biden’s public schedule is a trip to Illinois on Monday with the secretary of education to visit Sauk Valley Community College. 

Presidents go to Walter Reed – located in the D.C. outskirt of Bethesda, Maryland – for medical care. The Military Medical Center has been an evaluation site for presidents and first families for decades.

But first ladies – who are unelected and unpaid – operate under different rules from presidents.  Unlike presidents, who release a summary of their yearly physical and undergo a physical exam during the campaign to show their fitness for office, first ladies rarely release health updates. 

The White House sent out an amended schedule for the president late Tuesday night indicating he would join his wife at the doctor's Wednesday

The White House sent out an amended schedule for the president late Tuesday night indicating he would join his wife at the doctor’s Wednesday

Melania Trump released few health updates during her time as first lady. One was for her unspecified kidney procedure. The others were in October 2020 when she and the president tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump wrote a personal essay, posted on the White House website, about her recovery from the virus. 

President Biden, 78, is the oldest president to take the oath of office. Questions were raised about his health last month when he tripped and fell while boarding Air Force One.

The White House wouldn’t say when he would get his next physical.

Press secretary Jen Psaki said that ‘absolutely’ a comprehensive health report would be released when it happened.

‘I don’t have a timeline but absolutely we will do that and I will check and see when he is due to go back to the doctor,’ she said at her press briefing in late March. 

Joe Biden fractured his foot in November, just days after being elected, while playing with his dog, Major. He had to wear a medical boot for several weeks while his hairline fracture on his right foot healed. 

He suffered the injury on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and visited an orthopedist at Delaware Orthopedic Specialists in Newark, Delaware, the following afternoon ‘out of an abundance of caution’.    

President Biden last released health records in December 2019, in the weeks preceding the Democrats’ first caucuses and primaries. 

President Joe Biden falls up Air Force One's stairs earlier this month

President Joe Biden wears a boot after an accident playing with his dog Champ in December

President Joe Biden fell up Air Force One’s stairs in an incident earlier this month (left) after hurting his foot in December (right), while playing with his dog, Champ 

Dr. Kevin O’Connor of The George Washington University is the president’s doctor. He also served as Biden’s physician when Biden was vice president. 

Biden previously suffered two brain aneurysms in the late 1980s, one of which ruptured. He also had deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. More recently, he had his gallbladder removed and was treated for non-cancerous polyps and skin abrasions. 

As of the time of the medical report, Biden was taking blood thinners, medication for acid reflux, cholesterol and seasonal allergies.  

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