President Joe Biden fell while on stage at the United States Air Force Academy Graduation on Thursday. He was in Colorado.
According to ABC News, the 80-year-old 46th President of the United States was the commencement speaker and had completed his speech before falling. Biden announced his intention to run for President in the 2024 Presidential election in April.
Biden was seemingly back on his feet and quickly recovered from the small spill.
What Are The Details Of President Biden’s Fall?
According to the outlet, President Biden had been standing near the podium when he fell. One photo shows the President looking at his ankle, anxious onlookers observing the scene while those around him help him up. There was also a video taken of the stage.
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Biden seemingly wasn’t phased by his fall; he had been shaking hands with the graduates before he fell over a black sandbag. The President’s accompanying pool reporters pointed out the culprit, per the publication.
A second photo shows Biden pointing at the sandbag after being helped back onto his feet.
Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House’s Press Secretary, later reported the President was “excellent” after the fall; reporters who were also on Air Force One after the event relayed this information to the Press Secretary.
Donald Trump Reacted To President Biden’s Fall
Trump reacts to Biden falling on stage earlier today: “You got to be careful about that. Because you don’t want that. Even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp.” pic.twitter.com/l84MFsP3ab
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 1, 2023
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, weighed in on the President’s spill while on stage in Iowa.
Trump, 76, was standing at the podium and learned the President had fallen while taking questions from Iowa voters.
“He just fell? On what stage?” Trump first asked. “He’s at the Air Force Academy? Does he fall? Well, I hope he wasn’t hurt.”
“The whole thing is, look, the whole thing is crazy,” Trump continued. “You gotta be careful about that. You have to be careful about that cause you don’t want that. Even if you have to tip-TOE down a ramp, you gotta…” the former President trails off as the crowd screams unintelligibly around him.
“It’s like an ice skate… You know, it’s the same- cause that was the best speech I think I’ve ever made,” Trump went on. “And it was pouring rain, and it was horrible, and cold and windy, and they have a pure ramp like an ice skating rink. It was 25 feet long, and, talking to the general, he has boots on, you know, big combat boots, and they’re rubber soles, and I have nice, leather boots, and uhhhh, I say, ‘You know what general, you get ready, if I grab you, you get ready cause I got this stupid ramp that somebody put up, and there are no stairs, right? So I tip-toed down and SUFFERED for that…” the former President continued. (via Twitter)
“He’s 80” became a trending topic on Twitter after the news broke.
“Y’all wild for laughing at an 80-year-old man falling. He’s not an embarrassment; he’s 80. You are an embarrassment to humanity for laughing at it,” a Twitter user wrote.
“Well, anyone would fall if they tripped over a sandbag. Sheesh. He’s 80. But hell, I trip all the time,” another user tweeted.
Folks he’s 80. I’m in my 50’s and I stumble /fall pretty often . The key is does he hurt himself or does he recover . As long he’s he’s not getting injured he’s Ok . If you have an elderly parent or Grandparent you know this is a part of life . https://t.co/H42wSLFkut
— BlueinOhio (@bosley_rich) June 1, 2023
According to NPR, President Biden is the oldest person to serve as President.
The outlet also reports that Biden announced his 2024 Presidential bid in a three-minute video back in April.