Biden falls off bike while coming to stop, says he's OK

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REHOBOTH BEACH, DELAWARE (BLOOMBERG, NYTIMES) - US President Joe Biden said he's fine after briefly falling off his bicycle while coming to a stop to meet with a group of onlookers after a morning ride near his Delaware beach home.

"I'm OK," Biden said after the tumble at Rehoboth Beach on Saturday (June 18), which was witnessed by reporters and the small crowd gathered at the end of his ride.

A White House official said the president was fine, didn't require medical attention and looked forward to spending the rest of the day with his family.

Biden, 79, often takes bike rides during visits to his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, where he was spending the weekend. On Friday, he and the first lady, Dr Jill Biden, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.

Some seven hours later, Biden sought to convey that he was none the worse for wear.

When a reporter shouted a question about how he was feeling, the president hopped up and down on both feet, smiled and pumped his fists while leaving St Edmond's church after attending an afternoon mass in the beach town.

The 79-year-old president, flanked by Secret Service agents providing security, was approaching the group when his foot got caught in one of the pedal clips and he landed on the ground.

Biden plans to stay in Delaware through Monday evening for a long weekend that includes the Juneteenth public holiday.

Biden is only the latest American president to take a tumble on the public stage.

In 1975, President Gerald Ford fell while descending the stairs from Air Force One during a visit to Austria.

Nearly a decade later, President Ronald Reagan slipped while climbing aboard his plane.

And Biden himself tripped last year while boarding the presidential aircraft.  

Biden’s misfortune on wheels was not without precedent, either.

In 2004, President George W. Bush took a spill while mountain biking on his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

And in 2015, John Kerry, then the secretary of state, broke his leg while biking in the French Alps. 

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