WILMINGTON, Del. – The President-elect of the United States crossed a flag-paved stage on Tuesday, intending to introduce the economic team which he hopes will guide the country through turmoil.
In the process, he introduced the country to a less welcome companion: his walking boot.
After slipping while playing with one of his dogs, a German Shepherd from the shelter named Major, over the weekend President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., 78, suffered broken hair in his right foot , according to Mr. Doctor’s office. The black boot was a memento of the injury that appeared on one pant leg of Mr. Biden’s signature navy suit.
“Good,” Mr. Biden responded to a glaring question about how his foot felt when he arrived at the Queen Theater, an event space near his home. He proceeded to show off the boot to the cameras, quickly raising his knee to view the craft.
Later, after his team’s introductions were made and he walked backstage, Mr Biden was peppered with more questions about the injury. He gave a thumbs-up sign to the assembled members of the news media.
The health of an elected president is always a matter of vital national interest, and especially for Mr. Biden, who, upon his inauguration, will be the longest-serving president in American history. Although he released health information during the campaign, he was not always open about his coronavirus-era health protocols.
During the election campaign, Mr Biden often laughed at questions about his age – despite significant reservations, especially in the primary, among some voters – asking skeptics to watch him in action as he walked through parades and streets. scenes. He also discussed his Peloton training and weight routines.
In a statement on Sunday, Mr Biden’s doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said the president-elect suffered “midfoot” fractures. Dr O’Connor also said Mr Biden “will likely need a walking boot for several weeks”.
Mr Biden spent Monday out of the spotlight, meeting virtually with staff and speaking with foreign officials. But on Tuesday, the boot was sometimes visible as Mr Biden stood behind a desk, presenting his choices for jobs involving the economy and occasionally changing his weight.
“He seemed to move without too much difficulty, although he favored the injured foot,” entering for his remarks, a reporter covering him for the press pool wrote to other members of the media. A spokesperson for Biden didn’t answer more detailed questions about how the injury happened – was Mr. Biden playing ball with his dog? Were they out for a walk? – or how Mr. Biden felt.
Mr. Biden, who also has another German Shepherd named Champ, has long been a dog owner. Bob Markel, a friend since childhood, said that about 50 years ago Mr Biden told him that his two dogs at the time had been appointed governor and senator.
“They were large dogs,” Mr. Markel recalls. “They were big, apparently like the ones he’s got now, which he’s going to take to the White House.
Former Rep. Bob Brady of Pennsylvania, a longtime ally of Biden, said he “had not met Major, but had met Champ”, describing the animal as “magnificent”.
“He was probably throwing something, it could be a toy,” he said, speculating on Mr. Biden’s injury. “I spoke with his guys. He’s fine, he’s fine.
Mr Biden campaigned on a national unity message, and Mr Brady, hinting at reports of future Biden pets, suggested that the president-elect might also reach out to feline fans.
“I heard he was going to have a cat,” he said.