Obama's Sore Throat Prompts Medical Tests But it's 'not a matter of urgency': press secretary By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Dec 6, 2014 3:19 PM CST 57 comments Comments In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, President Obama listens in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Newser) – President Obama had some medical tests today at a military hospital just outside Washington because of a persistent sore throat. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama's physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, suggested that some diagnostic tests be done this afternoon since the president had free time in his schedule. He said Obama has been complaining of a sore throat. The situation was not urgent, Earnest said, and Obama's motorcade made the half-hour crawl in rainy weather to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington. Obama departed after spending about a half-hour at the facility. "The quickly scheduled test is a matter of convenience for the president, not a matter of urgency," Earnest said. "We will provide additional updates when available." Obama, 53, had a physical exam in May and was said to be in excellent health.