Obama, complaining of sore throat, goes to hospital for tests

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Posted: Dec 06, 2014 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has a sore throat and has gone to Walter Reed military hospital for testing, the White House said on Saturday.

Obama's doctor, Captain Ronny Jackson, recommended he go.

"Given that the president has free time in his schedule this afternoon, Dr. Jackson, the president’s physician, recommended he go to Walter Reed for some diagnostic tests," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

"According to Dr. Jackson, the quickly scheduled test is a matter of convenience for the president, not a matter of urgency."

Obama's trip was scheduled quickly. Reporters who cover the White House as part of a regular press pool had been dismissed for the day and scrambled back to make the motorcade, which did not wait for everyone.

(Reporting by Tanya Basu and Jeff Mason; Editing by Bill Trott)