United States: his shoe gets stuck in the toe clip, Joe Biden falls on his bike

It was enough to relaunch the attacks against the state of health of the American president. Joe Biden, 79, fell while trying to get off his stationary bike this Saturday morning in Delaware, where he spends the weekend, but quickly got up and said he was “well”.

During a bike ride in Rehoboth Beach, a small seaside town where he regularly spends weekends in his villa on the ocean, the president fell around 9:40 a.m., according to a journalist from the presidential pool.

Biden had wanted to stop to speak to passers-by and reporters waiting for him, but said he had trouble dislodging his foot from the pedal, equipped with a toe clip. He fell sideways, while his bike was immobilized, according to a video of the journalist.

He was immediately surrounded by members of his security, but quickly got up, practically alone. Asked about his condition, he replied: “I’m fine”. The president wore shorts, blue sneakers, a bicycle helmet and gloves. No visible traces of the fall, such as scratches, were visible, according to the journalist.

“No medical help is needed”

He then briefly chatted with passers-by, then journalists, and got back on his bike and left about 5 minutes later. “As the president said, his foot got stuck in the pedal as he got off the bike, and he’s fine,” a White House official said.

“No medical help is needed,” the official added. “The President looks forward to spending the rest of the day with his family. He was accompanied on his walk by his wife, Jill Biden, who did not witness the fall, having continued on her way. The couple mark their 45th anniversary this weekend.

The health of all American presidents is closely scrutinized, but particularly that of Joe Biden, the oldest American president in office. In November 2020, Biden, already elected but not yet president, broke his foot while playing with one of his two German Shepherds, Major. A year later, in November 2021, his doctor had pointed out during a health check that Joe Biden was “in good health”, “vigorous” and “fit” to fulfill his function.

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