While appearing at the US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado last Thursday, President Biden suffered a very public fall on stage, the Associated Press reported.
The president’s face-plant was captured on video and went viral on social media within minutes, receiving far more views than Biden’s reelection campaign video that was posted in April.
The president had been greeting graduates after his commencement address and was turning to trot back to his seat on stage when he reportedly tripped over a sandbag and fell face-first to the floor.
It took an Air Force officer and two Secret Service agents to haul the 80-year-old president back to his feet.
According to the New York Post, which posted a series of still photographs of the president’s fall, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One that the president was “totally fine.”
But on returning to the White House aboard Marine One, Biden had another mishap, banging his head on the door of the helicopter as he was exiting.
Upon returning to the White House, the president tried to laugh off the face-plant earlier in the day, telling reporters that he got “sandbagged.”
While visiting Iowa to thank campaign volunteers, Donald Trump was asked about President Biden’s fall, the Washington Examiner reported.
The former president said that he hoped Biden didn’t get hurt, adding, “You got to be careful about that.”
Trump again said that Biden has to be careful because he wouldn’t want that, “even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp.” This remark was a clear reference to the 2020 West Point graduation in which Trump had to be helped down a ramp to the stage for his commencement address.
During a campaign event in New Hampshire Thursday evening, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addressed the president’s fall by wishing him a speedy recovery and adding that he also wishes the country a speedy recovery “from the injuries sustained because of Joe Biden and his policies.”