Joe Biden tripped over a sandbag and fell during the US Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. The White House said nothing happened to the US president. The recording shows that he gets up and returns to his place on his own.
During Thursday’s graduation ceremony for graduates of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Joe Biden he tripped over a sandbag and fell over. CNN reports that the situation took place just after the US president presented his last diploma and walked away from the platform where he had spent more than an hour and a half earlier, giving a speech and congratulating hundreds of cadets.
Joe Biden stumbled at the graduation ceremony
Footage of the incident shows Biden tripping and falling to the ground, falling onto his right hip. After a moment, he stands up, propped up with his right arm, and is held down by two Secret Service agents and one Academy official. He then points to the object on the ground that he tripped over and returns to his place in the stands. The recording later shows that there were sandbags in this place.
CNN reports that after the ceremony, the president was smiling and walking smoothly to his car. The White House said nothing happened to the president. “He’s fine. When the president congratulated[the graduates – ed.]there was a sandbag on the stage,” Ben LaBolt, White House communications director, tweeted. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, quoted by the BBC, said Biden was “perfectly well” and had boarded the plane with a “big smile”.
The 80-year-old US president has fallen in front of cameras before, for example on the stairs when boarding Air Force One. Critics use this argument to argue that due to his age, Biden is not fully fit and should not be head of state. However, as CNN reminds, Biden’s doctor insists that he is fully fit for office. During yesterday’s ceremony, even before the fall, the US president even joked about his age. “When I was graduating from high school 300 years ago, I applied to the Naval Academy,” he said.
The BBC reminds that President Biden is not the first US leader to lose his balance in front of the cameras. President Barack Obama he tripped up the stairs at an event in 2012, and President Gerald Ford fell down the steps of Air Force One in 1975.
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