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|Albert there is an "and" in between those two events. Prior to the 25th amendment the VP only took over upon the death, the 25th clarified that he took over for incapacity and resignation as well. A vegetable President prior to the 25th throws the law into ambiguity, sort of like seccession, it isn't properly addressed. As you know the situation did occur with Woodrow Wilson and his wife ran the show until he recovered sufficiently to partially assume the office again.