President Biden falls on Air Force stage
President Joe Biden fell face-first on stage at the Air Force Academy in Colorado on Thursday after tripping over an obstruction, but he appeared unharmed.
Biden, 80, had just shook hands with a cadet and started walking back to his seat when he fell. He had just delivered the commencement address to graduates of the military academy.
Air Force personnel assisted him to his feet, and he did not appear to require additional assistance.
Biden pointed to the object that had apparently caught his foot as he rose to his feet. On stage, it resembled a small black sandbag.
Director of White House Communications Ben LaBolt tweeted shortly thereafter, “He’s fine. While he was shaking hands on stage, there was a sandbag present.”
Biden is the oldest person to ever hold the presidency and is running for re-election in 2024. This year, his official doctor’s report deemed him physically fit, and he exercises frequently.
Biden fractured his foot while playing with a pet dog in November 2020, shortly after defeating incumbent President Donald Trump and assuming office.