Falling in front of the camera is a nightmare in the political PR categories. This is especially true for someone like Joe Biden, who moved into the White House at the age of 78 as the oldest president in US history and regularly has to be swiped at his age. Images of a stumbling politician are often exploited by his opponents. An incident on Friday is correspondingly unfavorable for Biden.
The president stumbled upon leaving for a trip to the state of Georgia. As Biden climbed the stairs to the Air Force One presidential plane, he stumbled halfway, but caught himself – with his hand on the railing. After two more steps, however, he stumbled again and then again, so that his knee landed on the steps. The Democrat straightened up quickly, patted his pants briefly, and made the remainder of the stairs with no further complications.
The White House nevertheless felt compelled to give the all-clear. White House communications director Kate Bedingfield wrote on Twitter shortly after the incident that Biden was fine. It wasn’t even necessary for the medical team traveling with the President to look at the matter. Biden just took a wrong step on the steps – nothing more.
Biden recently injured his leg: after his election in November, he sprained his right ankle while playing with his German Shepherd and sustained small stress fractures in his foot. Biden had to wear a boot-like orthopedic support shoe for a while. But it’s gone again in the meantime.