US President Joe Biden fell harmlessly while trying to get off his bike this Saturday, June 18, in Delaware.
The images have gone viral on social media. US President Joe Biden, 79, fell while trying to get off his stationary bike this Saturday morning in Delaware. During a walk in Rehoboth Beach, a small seaside town where he regularly spends the weekend in his villa on the ocean, the head of state fell around 9:40 a.m., according to a journalist from the presidential pool.
Joe Biden had wanted to stop to speak to passers-by and journalists who were waiting for him, but said he had trouble dislodging his foot from the pedal, equipped with a toe clip. He fell sideways, while his bike was immobilized, according to a video of the journalist. He was immediately surrounded by members of his security, but quickly got to his feet. Asked about his condition, he replied: “I’m fine”.
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The president wore shorts, blue sneakers, a bicycle helmet and gloves. No visible traces of the fall, such as scratches, were visible, according to the journalist. He then briefly chatted with passers-by, then journalists, and got back on his bike and left about 5 minutes later.
No medical help needed
“As the president said, his foot got stuck in the pedal as he got off the bike, and he’s fine,” a White House official said. “No medical help is needed,” the official added. “The president looks forward to spending the rest of the day with his family.”
He was accompanied on his walk by his wife, Jill Biden, who did not witness the fall, having continued on her way. The health of all American presidents is closely scrutinized, but particularly that of Joe Biden, the oldest American president in office.