Biden falls after flubbing bike dismount, but uninjured

REHOBOTH BEACH, Delaware, June 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden flipped over his bicycle on Saturday as he stopped to greet supporters during a weekend getaway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

He seemed unharmed after getting up immediately. “I’m fine,” Biden, 79, said after the fall, which happened in front of reporters. “I got tripped up,” he said.

The president, who was wearing a bicycle helmet, said the toe clips on his bike would have to be removed after his foot caught before he could steady himself.

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Later, Biden spent several minutes chatting with people who had gathered to watch him ride his bike.

Biden and first lady Jill Biden were finishing a morning bike ride in the Gordons Pond area on the Delaware shore. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Friday.

The White House said the president did not need medical attention.

“As the president said, his foot got caught in the pedal on the way down and he’s fine,” said a White House official who did not wish to be named. “The president looks forward to spending the rest of the day with his family.”

When asked how he felt walking out of church later Saturday, Biden did a series of jumps before getting into his vehicle.

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Reporting by Nandita Bose and Mike Stone; Editing by Franklin Paul and Paul Simao

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