President Biden fell on stage Thursday after congratulating graduates of the Air Force Academy in Colorado — drawing gasps from the crowd as onlookers rushed to help the commander-in-chief to his feet.
Biden, 80, is the oldest-ever president and is seeking a second term in next year’s election.
The White House did not immediately comment on the president’s health, but a pool reporter relayed minutes later that he “appears to be ok.”
BREAKING: Biden takes a big fall on stage just now at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation pic.twitter.com/GxkMbpyoNo
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As Biden got to his feet, he pointed at a black sandbag on the stage, indicating that he had stumbled over the object.
Biden fell after saluting and shaking hands with the graduates. Earlier, he delivered a speech to the newest members of the Air Force and Space Force.
Biden needed directions to find the stage.
Biden needs directions to find the stage — then again when he's on the stage pic.twitter.com/ItRXow6dt0
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Biden has tripped or stumbled at least four times before on the steps of Air Force One — drawing embarrassing coverage and comparisons to a high-profile 1975 incident involving President Gerald Ford.
Biden would be 86 if he completes a second four-year term.