Vice President Joe Biden is planning to give his concession speech as President Barack Obama is under anesthesia during a colonoscopy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“We won’t hold it together long enough for you to enjoy it,” Biden told ABC News on Thursday.
The vice president will propose changes to the healthcare system during his speech.
“I have a lot of plans to make certain we balance cost, quality and delivery at the same time,” Biden said.
Biden will deliver his concession speech in front of about a dozen of his family members as he receives IV fluids and medicines for the invasive procedure.
“You have no idea how rough I think it’s going to be,” Biden said.
The goal of the procedure is to remove polyps, which are growths on the lining of the colon. It’s the most common method of detecting colon cancer. In Biden’s family, eight of his nine children have survived cancer, including his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in May.
Biden announced in December that he had a glioblastoma, the type of brain cancer diagnosed with Beau Biden. He was undergoing chemo treatments and radiation since then.
The surgery will include Biden’s surgery by the surgeon on staff at Walter Reed, Dr. Vance Peters, and more advanced procedures by a physician from Bethesda-based National Naval Medical Center.
Biden will be in the operating room for about an hour before being transferred to a recovery room where he’ll spend about 20 minutes getting medications.
Biden said he’s focused on remaining strong for his wife and eight children. He said he doesn’t plan to return to Congress, where he served in the Senate for 34 years before assuming the vice presidency in 2009.
“The next couple of days are going to be tough, but I’m going to be fine,” Biden said.