Jen Psaki says Joe Biden is so fit that she finds it 'hard to keep up with him'
The White House press secretary was left smiling when a reporter asked her about the president lifting weights
President Joe Biden’s health has always been a hot topic for America’s political and media circles to discuss but White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki believes the 78-plus commander-in-chief is quite fit, so much so that even she, 36 years younger to him, finds to keep pace with him at times. On Monday, May 24, Psaki said this while answering a reporter at a White House press conference about Biden’s workout routine and whether he is still using a Peloton stationary bicycle.
“If I may, what more can you tell us about the President’s health regime? We hear he is lifting weights. What sort of weights is he lifting? Does he have a personal trainer? And what happened to his Peloton bike? Did he bring it to the White House?” the reporter asked, leaving Psaki smiling and those present at the meet in splits.
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The press secretary, who revealed her plans recently to quit the post next year, responded saying: “I didn’t know where this was going, but I’m intrigued by it. I will say I have nothing to read out on the president’s private exercise regime, but I can tell you, having traveled with him a fair amount, sometimes he’s hard to keep up with.”
Reporter asks Press Sec. Jen Psaki if Biden has a Peloton bike at the White House:— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 24, 2021
“I can tell you, having traveled with him a fair amount, sometimes he's hard to keep up with." pic.twitter.com/K2i9BbaWeh
Psaki was then asked by another reporter whether the president has a schedule for his physical checkup. She said she had asked the same question before and promised that such an examination will be done this year and the information will be provided to the media.
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Earlier in May, the White House said President Biden will undergo a regular physical examination later this year. The last extensive update on the medical state of the Democratic leader, who took over as the oldest first-time president in January, was unveiled in December 2019. Then, De Kevin O’Connor, the doctor who Biden later recruited as the White House physician, had called him "a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency."
It will still be early if Biden’s medical report is released this year as those of his recent predecessors like Donald Trump and Barack Obama were released after they spent more than a year in office.
Biden stumbles and falls multiple times on his way up the stairs of Air Force One pic.twitter.com/TP1vQly0G0— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) March 19, 2021
It may be mentioned here that Biden’s health condition came under the scanner in March when he stumbled more than once while running up the steps of Air Force One. Psaki said after the incident that a ‘comprehensive’ report on the president’s health will be released in the ‘near future’ but did not give any definite timeline. The White House had also denied that Biden had any serious health challenges.
White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said after Biden’s missteps: “I know folks have seen that President Biden slipped on his way up the stairs to AF1, but I’m happy to report that he is just fine and did not even require any attention from the medical team who travels with him. Nothing more than a misstep on the stairs.” Another White House spokesperson later blamed the wind for causing Biden’s inconvenience.