80-year-old President Joe Biden tripped and fell while on stage at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It took three handlers to help him get up.
Later, upon returning to the White House, he has a minor head jury when exiting his Marine One helicopter, according to a report from the press pool.
“He bumped his head on the doorframe while exiting the helicopter,” the report said. “But otherwise appeared spry,”
Ouch… and a fall, coupled with a bump to the head, is no laughing matter for the elderly.
The White House communications director has said, “He’s fine.” Biden himself tried to laugh off the incidents.
Still, Biden has intensified the existing concerns about his advanced age.
Biden was greeting the graduates in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the front of the stage with salutes and handshakes, and turned to head back toward his seat when he tripped and fell to the ground. He was helped up by an Air Force officer as well as two members of his U.S. Secret Service detail.
Onlookers, including some members of the official delegation onstage, watched in concern before Biden, who is the oldest president in U.S. history, returned to his seat to view the end of the ceremony.
“I got sandbagged,” the president told reporters with a smile when he arrived back at the White House on Thursday, shortly after hitting his head.
Smiling, he pretended to jog into the White House.
Take a look —
Biden: "I got sandbagged" pic.twitter.com/wTxx9uB6LI
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 1, 2023
Biden has been dogged by questions about his health and his fitness to serve since being hospitalized for a blood clot in 1988. His missteps have become fodder for political rivals as he campaigns for a second term in 2024.
Former President Donald Trump was campaigning in Iowa when he expressed concern about Biden’s dangerous fall.
“He actually fell down? Well I hope he wasn’t hurt,” Trump said after an audience member told him about what had happened to Biden. ““If he fell, it’s too bad,” the former president said. “We gotta just get this thing back on track. That’s a bad place to fall when you’re making, I think it was the Air Force Academy, right? That’s not inspiring.”
Trump, 76, also told a self-deprecating joke about his careful walk down a ramp in 2020.
“You don’t want that, even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp,” Trump said, prompting laughter from the audience. “The whole thing is crazy. You gotta be careful about that.”
Biden mocked Trump at the time. He told CNN in 2020, “Look at how he steps and look at how I step. Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps. C’mon!”
Since then, Biden has stirred worries with his repeated falls.
For example, Biden has fell going up the stairs and onto Air Force One and got caught up in his bike pedals while stopping to talk to reporters near his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Take a look —
FLASHBACK -> Biden mocks Trump's ramp walk at West Point and claims he's stronger: "Look at how he steps and look at how I step. Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps. Come on." pic.twitter.com/U7CL0dBSQA
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 19, 2021
President Joe Biden trips climbing the stairs to Air Force 1 pic.twitter.com/x8UD7q0a48
— The Hill (@thehill) March 19, 2021
— Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab) June 18, 2022
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