The moment of Biden’s first 100 days that secretly helped him the most

(*100*)President Biden’s first 100 days in workplace, a milestone he reached this week, had its justifiable share of ups and downs—together with one very memorable down in an upward course.

(*100*)Whereas supporters crow about 200 million vaccinated Americans and a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, and critics slam the airstrike on Syria and juvenile detention centers at the border, Biden’s gnarly fall whereas bounding up the steps of Air Pressure One turned out to be a secret success in his presidency.

(*100*)On Friday, March 19, the commander in chief tripped and fell not as soon as however 3 times in a failed effort to easily command a staircase. I imply, he actually ate it. Arduous. Not since Jason Derulo purportedly tumbled down the steps at the Met Gala in 2015 has such a brutal biffing been so public. However moderately than outline Biden, as even less of a fall did for Gerald Ford, this little spill solely served to additional humanize the maybe already-too-human president, and provides media the alternative to defy its anticipated bias.


(*100*)Earlier than Biden (briefly) broke his campaign promise about elevating America’s refugee cap, the staircase fall was an inconsequential occasion of common unflattering media protection. Regardless of Fox Information predictably grousing about mainstream media “completely ignoring” it, the incident landed in all places from TMZ to The Washington Post to The New York Times. As an alternative of exposing a media equipment conspiring to prop up an enfeebled president, the vicious coverage on Fox Information primarily highlighted a distinction with the community’s personal defensive coverage of Donald Trump’s cautious stroll down a ramp final summer time—which befell amid Trump’s frequent disparaging of Biden’s mental and physical health—and an abrupt, forever-unexplained visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2019.

(*100*)Proper-wingers have been so desirous to complain about the supposed hypocrisy, and speculate on Biden’s physical ability to serve, some of them appeared to disregard the truth that Biden’s fall was very humorous.

(*100*)To be clear, a person of Biden’s superior years falling down shouldn’t be inherently humorous, and any situation that makes an individual extra inclined to fall down is by no means humorous. Nonetheless, the cartoonish means Biden went down, and particularly the quantity of occasions he stored falling, places it firmly into slapstick territory.

(*100*)Late-night comedy exhibits actually appeared to suppose so, anyway.

(*100*)“This week kinda felt like Biden on these stairs,” Colin Jost stated throughout Saturday Night Live. “You thought it needed to get higher, however then it acquired repeatedly worse.”

(*100*)Seth Meyers joked about it, too, and so did Jimmy Fallon in addition to Stephen Colbert. Jimmy Kimmel would’ve most likely gotten a joke in as nicely, however his present was in reruns that week. Maybe he’ll crack one later, although. Biden’s fall was so singularly wince-worthy, it has the potential to be a working gag for years to come back. As an example, Meyers revisited it as a punchline a month after his preliminary joke, whereas taking Biden to activity on the refugee controversy.

(*100*)These hosts doubtless weren’t simply glad to show that they’re completely succesful of making enjoyable of presidents whose names aren’t Donald Trump; they’re most likely additionally grateful that this president is already giving them materials.


(*100*)The gaffe-prone Biden could also be one thing of a caricature to start with, however his first 100 days in workplace have been largely devoid of mockable moments. Together with his limited visibility and flurry of legislative activity and executive orders—to not point out conservatives’ concurrent, kooky obsession with Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head—Biden wasn’t feeding late-night hosts any purple meat. (Little did they know then that conservatives would quickly elevate the worry that Biden could be rationing everybody’s red-meat consumption.)

(*100*)The scenario was not in contrast to the begin of President Obama’s first time period. “I’ve acquired to confess, as a comic, I’m going to overlook President Bush, as a result of Barack Obama shouldn’t be straightforward to do jokes about, he doesn’t give you a large number to go on,” Jay Leno was quoted as saying in one of the many articles about the issue of making enjoyable of Obama early on. (“See, that is why God gave us Joe Biden,” Leno prophetically added.) It wasn’t till the so-called beer summit, six months into Obama’s presidency, that these hosts began to determine some ways to crack jokes about him.

(*100*)Comedians don’t want an instruction handbook for mocking the eminently mockable Biden; they only want an event. Whereas the fall seen ’spherical the world undoubtedly introduced them with one, it additionally highlighted why that alternative didn’t drag on for very lengthy, as critics reminiscent of Donald Trump allege it would have, had the fall occurred to, say, Donald Trump.

(*100*)In an outraged post about the media hypocritically making too massive a deal about Trump’s ambling stroll down a ramp final 12 months, Fox Information uncared for to incorporate how Trump himself exacerbated the incident by tweeting this: “The ramp that I descended after my West Level Graduation speech was very lengthy & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The final thing I used to be going to do is ‘fall’ for the Faux Information to have enjoyable with. Closing ten toes I ran right down to degree floor. Momentum!”

(*100*)Biden apparently by no means felt the have to defend his valuable vainness after a plurality of Individuals witnessed him bust ass on that staircase again and again, like Sideshow Bob stepping on rakes. Both he knew that doing so would solely additional protract the story, or he was extra involved with passing an enormous infrastructure invoice. The result’s the similar both means.

(*100*)In a single fell swoop—emphasis on fell—Biden managed to additional set up a distinction along with his predecessor, present some humility, give comedians joke-ammunition for days, and chip away at the fable of media favoritism.

(*100*)As a personality as soon as awkwardly put it in the political funhouse-mirror world of Veep, “Generally you gotta go right down to go up.”