Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
What is it with presidents taking a tumble while boarding Air Force One?
It happened to Gerald Ford. He fell down the steps in Austria in 1975 and made headlines around the world. VP Mike Pence also took a tumble while boarding a plane last year.
Biden has now joined his predecessors and has been initiated into the club.
On Friday, while attempting to jog up the stairs to board Air Force One in heavy winds, President Joe Biden took several falls in a row. He caught himself the first time, but then fell a second time. This time he used his hand to break the fall but could not seem to pull himself back up. He finally managed, but then fell for a third time, ending up on his knees.
According to the White House he did not require medical intervention after the falls.
White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield had this to say about Biden’s condition:
“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,” she said. “Nothing more than a misstep on the stairs.”
Three missteps, if we’re counting. And it’s a bit of a shocker that he’s not injured, considering his age. (I’m pausing to remember a time my elderly grandfather fell and broke his hip. It’s a real issue after you reach a certain age, so I’m glad to hear he’s not truly injured.)
Earlier this week our new President fumbled in a completely different way. He actually called his VP “President Harris.” A Freudian slip, perhaps?
He’s used some strange phraseology in the past, of course. “lying dog-faced pony soldier” stands out.
I shared many of his more stellar moments in a recent article titled Biden Forgets: Name of Pentagon and New Secretary of Defense.
Many consider Biden’s stumble-bumbles to be endearing, in the same way you’d say “Aww,” if your grandpa said started reminiscing about the good old days. Others are genuinely concerned about the man’s cognitive state, these most recent physical slips somehow proving their point.
For sure, he has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth.
He could’ve used that foot on Friday while climbing those (very steep) stairs to board Air Force One.