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April 28, 2024

President Biden Adjusts Marine One Routine Amid Mobility Concerns

In a noticeable change to his routine, President Joe Biden is now regularly accompanied by aides as he walks to Marine One.

President Biden has introduced a new method to his walks towards Marine One, aiming to address the visible signs of age and mobility issues, as Fox News reports.

Previously seen walking solo, Biden's transition to being flanked by aides is reported to mitigate focus from his occasional gait difficulties, which include a slight shuffle.

Insights from Axios reveal that this change was designed to alter how his physical appearance might be perceived by the public and the media.

Initiation by Biden: A Less Formal Approach

According to an unnamed White House official, it was President Biden himself who proposed a less formal approach to these walks. "Weeks ago the President mentioned to aides that he’d prefer a less formal approach and said they should just walk with him. So they started walking more closely," the official stated, indicating that the change was directly influenced by Biden’s personal preference.

This new strategy includes the presence of key aides like Mike Donilon, Bruce Reed, and Annie Tomasini. These individuals are specifically positioned during these walks to obscure certain angles from camera crews, potentially reducing the visibility of Biden’s walking style.

Communication Strategy and Safety Precautions

While the approach has altered, White House spokesman Andrew Bates emphasizes that President Biden is "[He's] fully visible except for a few seconds. Impeach." This comment underlines the brief moments when aides might shield Biden from full view, which Bates suggests are negligible in the broader context of the President’s visibility.

The strategy extends beyond just aesthetic concerns; it also incorporates safety measures. Biden’s mobility has been under scrutiny, especially following several stumbles and near misses, notably when boarding Air Force One. In response, adaptations such as the utilization of shorter stairs for Air Force One and the strategic positioning of a Secret Service agent during Biden’s disembarkations have been implemented.

Adapting to Physical Challenges with Specialized Footwear

Addressing the underlying causes of Biden’s mobility challenges, his physician has pointed out conditions like spinal arthritis and mild sensory peripheral neuropathy of the feet. To combat these issues, Biden engages in daily physical therapy and has also adapted his footwear.

Biden has opted for Hoka Transports shoes, which are approved by the American Podiatric Association. An Inside Edition report notes, "The shoe bears the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Association for being beneficial to foot health," highlighting their utility in providing added stability.

Visual Shifts and Ongoing Adjustments

The visual and physical adjustments in President Biden’s routines are reflective of a broader sensitivity to the physical demands of his role and the public’s perception.

By modifying how he approaches physical engagements and handling mobility issues proactively, Biden and his team aim to maintain a balance between transparency and functionality.

In summarizing these developments, it is evident that President Biden’s altered approach to walking to Marine One, supported by both aides and strategic measures, serves multiple purposes. These include managing public perception, ensuring physical safety, and addressing the practical needs tied to his medical conditions.

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