Joe Biden Receives Medical Diagnosis After Being Examined by Doctor After Incident

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Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden will be in a cast for several weeks after a fall over the weekend left him with hairline fractures in his right foot, Fox News reported.

Biden, who at 78 will be the oldest U.S. president if he’s inaugurated on Jan. 20, initially sought medical treatment Saturday after slipping while playing with his dog, Major, at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the report said.

According to CNN, the injury initially was thought to be a sprain. On Sunday — “out of an abundance of caution,” Biden’s team said — the Democratic candidate saw an orthopedist, where scans revealed the fractures.

“Initial x-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a statement.

“Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot. It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks.”

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Major is one of two German shepherds the Bidens own.

“Fractures are a concern generally as people age, but Biden’s appears to be a relatively mild one based on his doctor’s statement and the planned treatment,” The Associated Press reported.

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“At 78 he will be the oldest president when he’s inaugurated in January; he often dismissed questions about his age during the campaign.

“Reporters covering the president-elect were not afforded the opportunity to see Biden enter the doctor’s office Sunday, despite multiple requests. Leaving the doctor’s office to head to an imaging center for his CT scan, Biden was visibly limping, though he walked without a crutch or other aid.”

Video of Biden’s entrance to Delaware Orthopedic Specialists and video of him limping were both uploaded to social media with all due rapidity:

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So, too, were the backhanded well-wishes and/or hot takes:

Oh, George Takei, you incorrigible wit. Thanks for recycling every dad’s favorite joke when they’re asked about how they injured anything below their knee.

There were also conservative hot takes, although they didn’t involve dogs hating Trump or Biden supposedly delivering a butt-kicking in a still-contested election in which he greatly underperformed the polls.

As for the president himself, he merely wished Biden well.

Meanwhile, liberals on social media were trying to shut down any talk about Biden’s age.

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There are two arguments against this proscription. The first comes from author and activist B.J. Mendelson, certainly not a right-leaning conspiracy theorist:

The second comes from the same media that’s not making a particularly big deal over this:

This was in June, when the president walked down what he said was a slippery ramp at the end of a speech at the U.S. Military Academy. Biden’s campaign even used the footage to sow doubts about Trump in an ad that used footage from the event to contrast the president with the supposedly active Biden:

Biden is coming off a campaign in which he made countless gaffes involving leaving the record player on at night to combat systemic racism, saying poor kids are just as smart and talented as white kids, forgetting where he was or what office he was running for on occasion and even confusing his wife with his sister.

Nobody hopes this is a portent of troubles to come, but excuse us if we raise an eyebrow or two.

Given how the likes of Maggie Haberman reported on Trump walked down a ramp, I’d say it’s fair game for some minor-key concern.

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