Biden falls off bike – The Washington Post

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – President Biden fell to the ground during a morning bike ride near his vacation home here on Saturday, falling as his shoes apparently got caught in the toe cages as he tried to stop.

“I’m fine,” he said quickly, as Secret Service agents came to his aid.

He fell while approaching a waiting crowd and, after getting up, he spent several minutes talking with the spectators, then answering a few questions from the journalists.

Asked about lifting tariffs on China in light of the strains on the US economy, he joked: “I’m not going to talk to you on my vacation.”

He added that he planned to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping “soon” and said he was still figuring out what to do about the tariffs.

He also said he was “satisfied with the progress” of gun legislation before getting on his bike and riding.

The President and First Lady Jill Biden are in Rehoboth Beach, where they have a vacation home, as they celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.

The two were cycling together Saturday morning on trails around Cape Henlopen State Park, but the first lady had gone ahead before the president fell.

This isn’t the first time Biden has made a spill. He fell in December 2020 while chasing his dog Major at home, resulting in an injury that required him to wear a medical boot for several weeks. He also tripped while climbing the steps of Air Force One.

Critics use each case to raise doubts about the fitness of the nation’s oldest president, although in this case it’s an event that many cyclists who clip or have a toe cage have experienced.

“My foot got caught,” Biden said.

He fared better than John F. Kerry, who in 2015 fell on a parking lot curb in the French Alps while strapped in and fractured his femur. That fall led to months of surgery and recovery that complicated the Iran nuclear talks, which Kerry was leading for the United States.

Biden bore no visible scratches from his fall, and a White House official later said that “he is fine” and that “no medical attention is needed.”

“The president looks forward to spending the rest of the day with his family,” the official said.

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