President Biden’s wince-inducing sequence of stumbles whereas boarding Air Drive One on Friday calls to thoughts Gerald Ford’s 1975 fall on the identical stairs — a minor tumble that endlessly tarred him as a slipshod oaf.
Chevy Chase pilloried Ford in a sequence of ruthless and hilarious “Saturday Evening Reside” skits — although the article of his ridicule was simply 62 years previous, and an ex-College of Michigan soccer star who avidly skied and golfed.
However Ford’s caught-on-camera stumble down the rain-slicked steps of Air Drive One in Austria — plus a Biden-esque journey whereas climbing up the identical set of stairs in Michigan quickly afterward — was all Chase wanted to crown Ford the Klutz-in-Chief.
As a bumbling Ford, Chase’s ham-handed dealing with of the Resolute Desk phone and his lurching pratfalls continued week after week — to the purpose the place the president determined he wanted to clap again.
At a Radio and Tv Correspondents’ Affiliation dinner later in 1975, Ford was climbing to the rostrum to talk when he sneakily yanked the sting of the tablecloth the place Chase was sitting — sending tableware flying the comic’s means.
Ford made certain to look again over his shoulder in mock shock.
“I’m Gerald Ford, and you’re not,” he deadpanned to Chase after inviting the comic to carry out at a White Home dinner in March 1976, stealing the present because the viewers burst into applause and laughter.
Different presidents — and would-be presidents — have survived their very own journeys and falls comparatively unscathed.
In 2011, Hillary Clinton, then President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, fell as she boarded a aircraft leaving Yemen.
“You already know, these issues occur,” she shrugged later.
Then-presidential candidate Bob Dole fell off a stage whereas campaigning in 1996. President George H.W. Bush fell whereas bowling in Milwaukee through the 1992 marketing campaign. And his son, President George W. Bush, famously fell off a Segway in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 2003.