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

US first lady Michelle Obama and US President

US first lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama sing the US national anthem during the 37th Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Getty Images / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

President Barack Obama has a sore throat and went to Walter Reed military hospital for testing, the White House said on Saturday.

"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."

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