WASHINGTON — President Reagan underwent three hours of tests for his annual physical examination today, then flashed a thumbs up signal and said, "Nope," when asked if he had any health problems.
Reagan, previously described by doctors as firm and fit at 74, spent the afternoon at Bethesda Naval Hospital for the exam coordinated by White House physician Dr. Burton Smith, including a reassessment of a polyp partially removed from his colon last year.
Reagan emerged, without his tie, and gave the universal thumbs up signal that all was well. Reporters shouted, "Any problems?" and he replied, "Nope."
Reagan, accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and their dog, Lucky, then flew to Camp David, Md., for the weekend.
Earlier, White House spokesman Larry Speakes, who called his boss "healthy as a horse," said the medical evaluation would include cardiovascular and eye examinations, as well as a reassessment of the 4-millimeter polyp discovered last May 18.