Ups & Downs: US Presidents and Their Airstairs Fiascos

America’s Commander-in-Chief Joe Biden is making headlines this weekend; on Friday, he tumbled to his knees while boarding Air Force One to go to Atlanta. This is not something completely unprecedented in the history of US presidency, however – they are humans, after all.

US President Joe Biden sparked a new wave of speculation about his physical shape after he stumbled three times and fell to his knees on 19 March while climbing the stairs of Air Force One. The White House communications director said that the POTUS was “just fine,” with staffers apparently blaming the windy weather for his misfortune.

​But this wasn’t the first time Biden has had problems with stairs – nor is he the only American president to struggle with steps.

February Incident

In February, newly inaugurated President Biden was boldly embarking Air Force One in Delaware to return to Washington when he lost his footing on the fifth step. The president, who was at the time carrying something in his left hand, quickly regained his pose – the incident would have probably been forgotten if it wasn’t for his new triple stumble on Friday.

Trump on Ramp

No, the 45th US president didn’t trip up on any airstairs but he did get noticed in June 2020 making sure he didn’t loose his footing on a ramp at the US Military Academy at West Point, while taking baby steps to complete his descent.

The ex-president explained his sluggishness by the fact that the ramp was “very long and steep” and he…

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