The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has tripped this Thursday with a sandbag and has fallen at the graduation ceremony of the new promotion of the Academy of the Air Force of the United States, held in Colorado. The president has not suffered significant injuries and is doing well, according to the White House.
Biden is the first octogenarian president in U.S. history and his age has been systematically used by his political rivals to attack him. Former President Donald Trump frequently projects videos of Biden's stumbles and slips at his campaign rallies. Trump is 76 years old and if re-elected in 2024 he would surpass Biden as the oldest president. Biden has gotten up and walked unaided to his seat after the fall. The president was returning to his seat when he has fallen. He seemed to have tripped over a black sandbag on the stage. When he got up he pointed to the black sandbag suggesting that he had tripped over it.
"Okay. There was a sandbag on stage as he shook hands," Ben Labolt of his communications team wrote on Twitter.
He's fine. There was a sandbag on stage while he was shaking hands. https://t.co/jP4sJiirHh
— Ben LaBolt (@WHCommsDir) June 1, 2023
Then, at the end of the act, he has been smiling and jogging to his car, as if to show that the fall has not affected him.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said the president was "doing "totally well." He has indicated that Biden has climbed aboard Air Force One, the presidential plane, showing "a big smile."
When Biden himself was asked how he felt, he answered something hard to hear above the roar of the plane's engines.
Biden is in very good shape for his age. He has a list of small ailments, according to the routine medical examination he underwent in February at a military clinic in Maryland, but the doctor's conclusion was resounding: "President Biden remains a healthy and vigorous 80-year-old man, fit to successfully perform the functions of the presidency, including those of chief executive, head of state and commander in chief," according to the statement signed by Kevin O'Connor, the president's physician.
The report stated that she had been biopsied from a small lesion removed from the breast for analysis. The doctor confirmed weeks later that it was a basal cell carcinoma, a common type of skin cancer, successfully removed. Biden didn't need further treatment.
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