This is not going to settle the debates on his age. Joe Biden, 80, is “doing well” according to the White House, after a seemingly harmless fall during a military ceremony on Thursday in Colorado Springs, in the western United States. He’s tripped on Air Force One in the past, and fell on his bike last summer.
The Democrat, who had just presented diplomas to Air Force Academy students in Colorado, fell forward, landing on his knees and hands, after apparently tripping over a black bag. ” He is fine. There was a sandbag on the stage as he shook hands,” his communications director, Ben LaBolt, tweeted.
Joe Biden, whose age and physical form are a constant subject of attack by some of his political opponents, then got up with the help of a soldier at his side and his bodyguards. We saw him pointing to this bag, visibly used to ballast a device on the scene, as if to explain the reason for its fall.
Two in three Americans consider him too old for a second term
The president, candidate for the 2024 election against Republican Donald Trump in particular, attended the end of the ceremony, not seeming immediately affected by the fall. He then took the plane back to Washington, and climbed the stairs to board without stopping to respond to the journalists present on the spot.
In June 2022, an image of the president falling during a bike ride had already caused a stir. Again, Joe Biden got up and suffered no particular physical consequences.
The Democrat’s most recent health check, in February, found him to be in good health. But according to polls, two-thirds of Americans believe he is too old to run for a second term. His age