President Joe Biden tripped on a sandbag and fell on stage as he completed handing out diplomas at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado on Thursday (Pic. Courtesy Twitter/@Don_Vito_08 )
President Joe Biden tripped on a sandbag and fell on stage as he completed handing out diplomas at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado on Thursday, according to US media reports.
To the ignorant people who are calling for President Joe Biden to be removed from office via the 25th Amendment because he tripped, here is a reminder that Franklin D. Roosevelt was confined to a wheelchair for his presidency.
Old people fall.
Young people fall.
Smart people… pic.twitter.com/iOwTELPVZo
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) June 1, 2023
As he was moving toward his seat, he tripped, falling to the ground on his right hip. The 80-year-old president lifted himself up on his right hand as an air force official and two Secret Service agents rushed to help him back to his feet, CNN reported.
As he got back up, Biden pointed back toward the ground where he tripped, indicating that some obstacle had come in the way.
Video footage of the moment showed sandbags placed in front of the podium near where Biden had been standing. Earlier, the sandbags had been used to weigh down two teleprompters, according to CNN.
Biden appeared fine afterward, walking without assistance to his seat in the stands. He was seen smiling and jogging toward his vehicle after the ceremony.
The White House said the president was fine after the fall and he later joked about it, yelling “I got sandbagged!” to reporters after stepping off Marine One Thursday evening.
“He’s fine. There was a sandbag on stage while he was shaking hands,” communications director Ben LaBolt wrote on Twitter.