According to Politico, it has been noted that President Biden has begun using the “lower stairs” when boarding Air Force One as a preventative measure against potential falls. There seems to be a calculated decision behind this to facilitate the president’s travels.
Two of President Biden’s advisors have reportedly confirmed this strategic adjustment, aiming to make his journeys smoother by reducing the chances of any slip-ups.
The change in the president’s footwear was also pointed out by Politico. He has started to opt for sneakers instead of the traditional dress shoes in a bid for greater comfort.
This change in preference has been characterized as an acceptance of comfort that comes with age. A source close to President Biden mentioned that he has traditionally been resistant to wearing anything other than formal shoes, considering alternative footwear to be un-presidential. However, this has seen a noticeable change recently.
When Bloomberg’s Justin Sink inquired about these adjustments from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, questioning if the president was facing any “mobility problems,” Jean-Pierre responded that she had no specific details. She suggested there might be a protocol in place regarding the use of Air Force One, but she had no information at her disposal.
Biden has previously stumbled on several occasions while ascending the stairs of Air Force One.
The report indicated that the president’s team is making conscious efforts to minimize instances where the president’s physical condition could be potentially scrutinized.
According to Politico, the use of shorter stairs is common among presidents during adverse weather conditions.
Concerns about President Biden’s age and his capability to serve a second term have been raised by voters, Democrats, and even his own staff as he embarks on his 2024 re-election campaign.
President Biden, on the other hand, views his age as a positive factor. During an MSNBC interview in May, he claimed that his extensive knowledge and experience make him uniquely qualified for the office. He confidently stated, “I have accumulated considerable wisdom. I have more knowledge than most people, I have more experience than anyone who has ever run for this office and I have demonstrated myself to be honorable and effective.”