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BETHESDA, Md. — President Bush was found in good health and pronounced “fit for duty” after an annual physical yesterday that also showed that the 58-year-old chief executive is now, as he conceded, “a little overweight.”

“I obviously have gone through a campaign where I probably ate too many doughnuts, if you get my drift,” said Bush upon leaving the National Naval Medical Center outside Washington.

At nearly 6 feet tall, Bush was found in his 2003 physical to weigh 194 pounds, with a low 14.5 percent body fat, a healthy resting blood pressure of 110/62 and a resting pulse rate (45 beats per minute) that puts him in the range of a well-trained athlete.

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His weight this year clocked in at just shy of 200 pounds.

After the checkup, Bush stayed at the medical facility to visit privately for about two hours with Marines, sailors and one soldier recovering from injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The checkup, usually scheduled for summertime, was delayed for four months because Bush had a hectic travel schedule during the campaign.

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan would not comment on whether the exam, which took about three hours, found any medical problems.

Presiding over the medical exam were White House physician Richard Tubb and Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the president of the Cooper Aerobics Center. Also involved were a radiologist, optometrist, sports physician, hearing specialist, skin specialist and cardiologist.


Rehnquist accepts offer to swear in Bush


WASHINGTON — Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist has sworn in every president since 1988 and, despite undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer, he plans to read President Bush the oath of office at his inauguration Jan. 20.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Friday that Rehnquist “was invited to administer the oath of office, and he has accepted.”

Since Rehnquist announced in late October that he was being treated for cancer, he has been absent from the court.

A White House spokesman said the president sent a note to the chief justice asking him to administer the oath, and he responded with a letter of acceptance.