Joe Biden fell off a bike near his Delaware beach home Saturday morning, moments after greeting reporters with a wave and a cheery “Good morning!”
The president was near the end of a bike ride with the first lady, Dr Jill Biden, near Rehoboth Beach where the couple is celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.
The 79-year-old president, flanked by Secret Service agents, was traveling at some speed toward a turn, before he braked to speak to a crowd wishing him “Happy Father’s Day” and tipped over.
Biden unable to release his bike shoes
Dr Jill Biden had already made the turn and missed her husband’s fall. Biden’s unexpected dismount came after he stopped and was unable to release his bike shoes from the toe cages on the pedals.
Asked if he was OK, Biden responded: “I’m good.” Asked what caused the fall, Biden said the “toe cages” on his bike got caught.
He briefly engaged engaged with reporters. Asked if he is satisfied with progress on gun legislation, Biden said: “In Delaware, I am. Did you see what they did in Delaware? Passed an assaults weapons ban. They did what I did years ago. But I am happy with the progress.”
Biden, wearing bright blue shoes, grey T-shirt, navy shorts and a white helmet, got back on his bike. “Alright guys, see you,” he said.
In 2021 the American President managed to fall not once, not twice but three times on his way up a staircase to the Air Force One presidential aircraft as he was departing for Atlanta from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
About halfway up the red-carpeted stairs, Biden could be seen losing his footing before stumbling three times, eventually ending up on his left knee while still holding the railing with his right hand.
A White House spokesperson blamed windy weather.