Joe Biden takes spill on bike near home in Delaware : Internet reacts with onslaught of memes
The internet took a turn on Saturday after Joe Biden was filmed falling off his bike in front of a crowd of reporters.
The moment sparked a spate of memes and jokes at the expense of the 79-year-old president. Biden was not injured in the fall, apart from perhaps his pride.
Donald Trump Jr. called the flu “a perfect metaphor for the current state of our country.”
“Down goes Biden,” another Twitter user shared.
Former Buzzfeed journalist Benny Johnson posted a tweet showing the president on his bike – with some pink training wheels photoshopped on it.
“Biden got back on his bike right after his fall this morning.” Johnson wrote.
He gasped after the president fell unexpectedly on Saturday when he tried to get off his bike to talk to a crowd gathered along a Rehoboth Beach bike path
Donald Trump Jr., an outspoken critic of Biden and his policies, wrote: “I’m not sure there has ever been a more perfect metaphor for the current state of our country than Biden falling off his bike while standing literally for no reason.”
Biden, 79, crashed during a morning drive in Rehoboth Beach around 9:30 a.m. while trying to stop and say hello to a crowd gathered on Gordon’s Pond State Park bike path.
When he stopped to get off the bike, the president suddenly fell sideways, as seen in footage, forcing the Secret Service and the press to help him to his feet.
Images of the flub have since sent social media into a frenzy — the internet characteristically reacts quickly with a relentless onslaught of memes.
A Twitter user called Biden “The Economy” when he crashed to the ground – a clear jab at the financial woes the country was experiencing under Biden’s leadership.
Another user shared an image of Biden sitting on top of a kid’s bike — as they suggested he might be more comfortable with training wheels.
One tweet compared Biden’s fall to the elderly person who fell in the old Life-Alert commercial with the famous line ‘Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.
Others opted for a popular meme in which a cyclist pushes a stick into the spokes of his own wheel, causing an inevitable fall.
The internet quickly responded to Biden’s bike blunder with an onslaught of ridiculous memes
Someone else shared an image of Biden’s face superimposed on a father struggling to pedal his toddler daughter’s pink tricycle as the tyke watches in amusement
A user shared another popular meme that uses the ‘bromance’ relationship between Vladimir Putin Russian and former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for comedic effect
Former Buzzfeed journalist Benny Johnson posted a tweet showing the president on his bike – with some pink training wheels photoshopped on them
Another showed Kamala Harris rubbing her hands as she watched the fall, like former NFL defensive tackle Anthony Adams in a widely seen meme.
Another user shared another popular meme that uses the “bromance” relationship between Vladimir Putin Russian and former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for comedic effect.
The photo shows the smiling couple – pictured taking bike rides together across Russia – sitting on a park bench with bikes by their side.
The caption reads: ‘No, Biden didn’t fall off the bike — he fell off while holding the bike’ — a likely punch to Biden’s claim to reporters that he was just because he caught his foot in one of the toe cages of the pedals during his dismount.
“I’m fine,” the president told the press who saw him fall.
The collapse came as the president rode up to him to say hello to a crowd gathered near the Gordon’s Pond State Park bike trail as people shouted “Happy Father’s Day” to the president.
A social media user used a photo from an old commercial for Life-Alert — a medical alert system used by seniors to contact emergency services in the event of a fall — to criticize politics
Another user used the famous meme “Anthony Adams Rubbing Hands” – in which the former professional football player dressed in a yellow jacket rubs his palms while peeking from behind a tree – to mock Biden, with Kamala Harris’s face on top of Adams’
Perhaps most fitting, though, were the Bike Fall comedic memes – which seemed to fit the situation almost perfectly. The meme is used to mock actions or decisions that are considered unwise especially when the person or persons who made these decisions are unaware of their actions
Right-wing journalist Jack Posobiec also joked about the slogan Biden’s team used during his presidential election – Ridin’ with Biden
When he tried to get off the bike, his shoes got stuck and he fell sideways, causing the Secret Service and the press to engage in a frenzied struggle in an attempt to help him to his feet.
He gasped after the fall, with Biden remaining on the ground for about 10 seconds, before being aided by several Secret Service agents, who immediately engulfed the downed Democrat.
Moments later, Biden happily handed over to the crowd — even taking a woman outside to meet the first dog commander, who was being walked nearby.
Despite the fall, the president — who donned shorts and a T-shirt for the field trip — did not appear to have suffered any scrapes or cuts from the spill.
First Lady Jill Biden, who joined her husband after his first loop through reporters, missed the fall after zooming in on the head of state.
The president did not need to see a doctor after the incident, the White House said.
“As the president said, his foot got caught in the pedal while getting off and he’s fine. No medical assistance is required. The president is looking forward to spending the rest of the day with his family,” an official said.
After about 10 seconds on the concrete, Biden was able to lift himself with the help of his security detailer – prompting applause from the onlookers
Biden made the solo bike ride – surrounded by cops – Saturday morning near his home in Rehoboth Beach
Biden fell off his bicycle Saturday morning while riding near his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Footage of the incident quickly spread through social media
Biden, the oldest US president ever, is pictured sitting on the sidewalk after the fall, which happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday