Following some oral discomfort, President Joe Biden is having a root canal, which will keep him out of commission for at least one public appearance on Monday.
In a memo made public by the White House, Biden’s personal doctor, Kevin O’Connor, stated that Biden first complained of pain in his lower right premolar on Sunday. That day, the president underwent an initial root canal, and according to O’Connor, he “tolerated the procedure well” with no issues.
Biden experienced “further discomfort” in his mouth on Monday morning, which O’Connor said was to be expected. Biden’s root canal will be finished at the White House by a Walter Reed National Military Medical Center endodontics team.
He was supposed to show up during College Athlete Day on the South Lawn of the White House, where NCAA winners from a variety of men’s and women’s sports will be honored in the 2022–2023 season. The White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will take Biden’s place at the event.
Although it is unclear if those events will still happen, Biden is expected to meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg later on Monday and hold a luncheon for mission heads.