US President Joe Biden, 80, took a tumble on the stage during Air Force Academy graduation on Thursday, June 1.
The fall happened during the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, where Biden delivered the commencement address.
Biden, who is the nation’s oldest serving president at 80 was helped back up and pointed out that he had tripped over something.
Before the fall, Biden had been standing for about an hour and a half to shake hands with each of the 921 graduating cadets.
Mr. Biden did not appear hurt by the fall and continued to stand on stage until the ceremony ended several minutes later, according to the White House pool.
‘I got sandbagged!’ the president joked to reporters as he arrived back at the White House that evening.
White House communications director Ben LaBolt later explained on Twitter that the mishap occurred because there was a sandbag on the stage.
Former US President Trump appeared to commiserate with President Biden over his fall at Air Force Academy graduation on Thursday, June 1.
Mr. Trump was informed about the fall as he campaigned in Iowa and told his supporters that it was ‘Not inspiring’ for the Air Force graduates who had witnessed it.
‘Well, I hope he wasn’t hurt,’ Trump said during one of several appearances in Iowa on Thursday, after a member of the crowd informed him of the incident to a chorus of cheers.
‘You gotta be careful about that because you don’t want that, even if you have to tiptoe down the ramp,’ he added.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, another 2024 contender for the Republican nomination, also reacted to the fall during a campaign event in New Hampshire: ‘We hope and wish Joe Biden a swift recovery from any injuries he may have sustained.
‘But we also wish the United States of America a swift recovery from the injuries it has sustained because of Joe Biden and his policies.’