Joe Biden appeared at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Thursday to deliver this year’s commencement speech. As we’ve all come to expect from any public appearance by the president, things did not go well.
Biden got confused at multiple points, not knowing which way to go or where to sit. At another point, he claimed that he once applied to the academy himself. No record exists of any such application, though he has previously claimed that he received an appointment. That also has never been substantiated.
The president wasn’t done making news, though. Later in the ceremony, he got up to walk off the stage and took a massive fall, leaving Secret Service members scrambling to help him. Consider this a fair warning that the video is painful to watch.
The White House responded by asserting that Biden tripped over a sandbag on stage, adding that he is uninjured.
Members of the press were quick to pick up that line, asking no further questions nor speculating on how he managed to not see said sandbag. Certainly, they didn’t respond as they did when Donald Trump dared to walk down a wet ramp slowly during a military commencement at West Point.
Others wondered about Biden’s overall health, with Fox News immediately bringing it up on air. This is not his first fall since taking office. He has ended up on the ground multiple times throughout his presidency, including infamously falling and going up the airstairs onto Air Force One. He also fell off a bike in front of reporters.
The chief question remains: How can this man make it through a real presidential campaign in his condition? It would not surprise me to see other Democrats start entertaining hopping in the race at this point.