During his speech on Thursday, President Biden seemed to make light of his many stumbles in front of the media after witnessing someone fall.
Speaking in Belvidere, Illinois, Biden discussed a tentative labor agreement that would save a factory from closing because of the nationwide United Auto Workers strike that is still going on. He could hear someone stammering in the audience during his speech.
For a brief while, Biden stopped talking and said, “You okay?”
After an unheard reply, Biden said, “I want the press to know that wasn’t me.”
Then, as Biden mimed stumbling around the podium, the audience burst into laughter and cheers. The President waited for the applause to end before continuing with his address.
Biden made a reference to his public falls, which have gained a lot of attention on the internet. In June, Biden seemed to trip over a sandbag as he was giving a commencement speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He then fell to the ground. The 80-year-old president was steadied by three Secret Service officials in a hurry, and he was allowed to leave without additional issue.
Prior to delivering a speech in October outlining his economic vision, the president also recently stammered when ascending stairs to a podium.
Biden fell off his bike in June 2022 while riding in Delaware with his wife, First Lady Jill Biden.
“I’m good,” he declared, seeming upbeat. Following the incident, the White House stated that Biden was unharmed and did not need medical assistance, but his foot became stuck in a pedal while he was dismounting.
Ahead of the 2024 presidential election, voters’ growing concerns about Biden’s age coincide with his missteps and falls. By the time of his second term, if elected, Biden would be eighty-six years old.