Biden’s stumble: Trumps vindication?

Bidens stumble
Bidens stumble

President Joseph Biden of the United States fell three times attempting to board the Air Force One on his way to Atlanta but soon recovered to give his salute. Biden is America’s ever oldest president at 78 years. The incident has raised concern over the aging president’s fitness for office after referring to his vice president, Kamala Harris as “president Harris.”

President Joe Biden trips climbing the stairs to Air Force 1

Biden poked fun at Trump last September, months after the former president was filmed gingerly walking down a ramp following his commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy. Trump critics, including the Lincoln Project, later used the footage in social media posts and ads questioning his fitness.

“Look at how he steps and look how I step,” Biden said at the time. “Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps.”

White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield tweeted this afternoon that Biden was fine.

“I know folks have seen that President Biden slipped on his way up the stairs to AF1, but I’m happy to report that he is just fine and did not even require any attention from the medical team who travels with him,” Bedingfield said. “Nothing more than a misstep on the stairs.”

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FLASHBACK -> Biden mocks Trump’s ramp walk at West Point and claims he’s stronger: “Look at how he steps and look at how I step. Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps. Come on.”

While it is not clear why president Biden stumbled, it is not extraordinary for such a thing to happen to a 78 year old on a windy day. However, it was obvious that the president was trying to live up to his earlier claims of running up the ramps.  

Whereas when a completely self-aware Donald Trump faced media scrutiny last June, he said the ramp at West Point was “very slippery” and did not have a handrail.

“The last thing I was going to do is ‘fall’ for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Perhaps Biden is not as physically fit as as he claims to be but, running or stepping up or down a ramp are trivial to being the president of the most powerful nation in the world. Biden and his team will need to put this behind them fast.  

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