United States President Joe Biden tripped and fell as he was handing out the last diploma at the US Air Force Academy graduation ceremony on Thursday.
Biden, 80, was quickly helped back to his feet by aides seconds after the fall. He walked back to his seat unassisted.
After getting back on his feet, he appeared to point at an object he tripped over.
‘He’s fine. There was a sandbag on stage while he was shaking hands,’ White House Communications Director Ben LaBolt said on Twitter.
The octogenarian president has fallen multiple times in the past at major public events, including at the G7 conference hosted by Japan in May.
The fall came after the president was gave the commencement address at the Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Academy educates cadets in the USAF’s officer corp, and has an acceptance rate of only 11%, according to College Board.
The 900 graduates who walked on Thursday will now take a leadership role in the military and become second lieutenants in the USAF.
The president spoke to the new officers about the ‘great privilege and mighty responsibility’ of leadership.
‘In the years ahead, your airmen and guardians are going to look to you for guidance and inspiration because the world is going to get more confusing,’ he said. ‘They’ll put their trust in you. You, in turn, must strive to always be worthy of their confidence.’
He continued: ‘Never forget the sacred oath you swear, and the mission you serve is something far, far greater than any person or president. It’s our Constitution, it’s our country and it’s our enduring American values.’
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