Joe Biden slipped while playing with Major Biden, will need a walking boot for weeks

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Did you know that George W. Bush had a cat? I have no memory of that whatsoever. The Bushes’ cat, India Bush, was the last cat in the White House. But we learned over the holiday that Dr. Jill Biden is apparently a big cat person, and Dr. Jill made a deal with her husband: if they got to move into the White House, she was getting a cat. The Bidens revealed that in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning. There is no word yet on whether they’ve already found a cat, but I would assume all of the shelter kitties in Delaware have been informed that one of them is about to become a Biden. Kitty Biden will join Major and Champ Biden, the two German Shepherds in the Biden fam. I guess Jill and Joe were already talking about the cat with their dogs, because Major Biden decided to have a word with his dad:

President-elect Joe Biden injured his right foot while playing with his dog and will probably require a walking boot for several weeks, his doctor said Sunday. Biden, 78, slipped Saturday while playing with his dog Major, one of his two German shepherds, his office said.

Late Sunday afternoon, Biden visited Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in Newark, Del., about a half-hour from his home near Wilmington. After spending about two hours there, Biden traveled to a nearby imaging facility to have a CT scan. A cameraperson traveling with the press pool observed him walking with a limp. A follow-up scan confirmed hairline fractures in Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, in his right mid-foot, according to his physician, Kevin O’Connor.

“It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks,” O’Connor said.

[From Washington Post]

Major is the younger dog, and he’s only, like, two-and-half years old, maybe three? So he’s still got a lot of puppy in him. My guess is that he was getting rowdy with his dad and the President-elect just lost his footing. It happens! An animal has never sent me to the hospital, but scratches, falls, etc are just part of pet ownership. My old dog Pogu liked to jump on me from behind and I would go down like a sack of potatoes every time. Wishing the president-elect well!

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  1. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    Is it just me or do people who seem great with animals seem more trustworthy?

    Although, when I think about it, Putin adores dogs, so my theory isn’t 100% universally true.

    • Sarah says:

      Hmm, on the face of it I’d agree with your first statement but then look at Blofeld in James Bond. Even the evil ones can be won over by the power of an animal!

    • AnnaKist says:

      I believe both theories are true: normal, everyday people who are great with animals are very nice people, and then there are the sociopaths, psychopaths and narcissists. They do love and care for their own animals, but have no regard for people or other peoples’ animals. Mr Biden is in the first category.
      Just curious: Has anyone ever seen trumplethinskin ever muck about with a dog?

      • Josie Bean says:

        No, I have not seen Trump with a dog or any animal. In fact, from what I have seen of him, I do not think he should be allowed to have control of any animal, he has zero compassion.

      • Anna says:

        @Josie Bean There was a story on CB a few years ago how Trump thinks owning a dog is for losers and thought Mike Pence having one was stupid and dumb.
        So no I don’t think Trump is an animal person at all.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Thanks, Josie amd Anna. I thought as much.

      • molly says:

        Trump went on a very awkward rant at one of his Nazi rallies about him owning a dog. He said, “can you imagine me owning a dog?” The crowd, many of which are very happy pet owners, I’m sure, all cheered because YAY DOGS! GET A DOG! EVERYONE LOVES DOGS!

        Except, Trump wasn’t saying it like that. He was being all snotty and sarcastic. “Can you imagine *ME* with a *DOG*??”

        The crowd didn’t know exactly what to do. Are we booing dogs? Are we cheering for you because you hate dogs? I’m so confused right now!

      • Elizabeth Batchelder says:

        Well, the video of him cringing away from the bald eagle is one of my favorite things ever :D

      • olliesmom says:

        Trump would never have a pet. He probably sees it as too “country” for him. Heck, and he hardly spends time with his own grandchildren. I can’t imagine him wanting to spend time with a pet.

      • Nanny to the Rescue says:

        I think Trump sees everything through the lens of profit.

        A dog won’t make you money, if anything it costs you to take care of one properly. So why would he have one?

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        Welllllll…
        On Twitter someone said they saw dumpster walking with lindsey graham in response to the question about dump owning a dog sooooo…

    • Amelie says:

      I think most people who love animals are compassionate, caring individuals.

      But then Hitler loved German Shepherds and that was well-documented. But you have to wonder if these dictators/psychopaths truly love their animals or view them just “normal” people do. Or are they just another symbol of their power/status?

    • Phillyperson says:

      I read somewhere a few years ago that Putin used his dogs to intimidate Angela Merkel during a meeting as she’s afraid of dogs having been bitten in the past. His interest in them likely only extends to their usefulness to his goals rather than pure unconditional love.

      • Nanny to the Rescue says:

        Here I think I disagree. He’s been on many tapes with dogs (no Merkel in sight), petting them, kissing them, going all soft. He actully appears human, not a robot, around them.
        But yeah, he did bring one to the meeting with Merkel knowing full well she is afraid of them. Win win for him.

      • olliesmom says:

        God, Angela Merkel has to put up with a lot of ridiculous crap from her male counterparts doesn’t she?

    • ME says:

      I don’t agree with that at all. I’ve never owned a pet and am extremely trustworthy. I have a sibling who has had more than one dog as a pet for years and he’s a piece of sh*t I can’t leave my purse around. Not everyone likes cats/dogs. I’d never harm one, but I’m not ever going to have one as a pet either.

    • Myra says:

      It’s not necessarily true. Racists can be loving towards animals and absolute garbage towards people of different races. Also, people can have certain animal phobias based on childhood traumas but this has no bearing on their character. What we can be sure of, however, is that people who are horrible towards animals are generally awful.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Hitler was nice to his dog, Mike Pence has a bunch of animals, GW Bush had a dog, Putin has dogs (and horses)… They’re all AH.

      Some people care more about animals than to their fellow humans; other really nice people don’t want to own animals and have to take care of poop/hairs/feathers for years. It varies

  2. Sarah says:

    Wishing him a speedy recovery and I LOVE Dr Jill Biden’s approach. I had to pull the emotional blackmail of being devastated by losing my grandmother a few years back to ‘inherit’ her cat and have one in the house. My boyfriend is since a total convert but that was never in doubt, Tigger is awesome. Good luck to whoever becomes new White House Kitty in Chief, I have a feeling Major and Champ may not know what’s about to hit them.

  3. Astrid says:

    Wishing Joe a speedy recovery.

  4. Julie says:

    God. I’m sorry this happened to him but also irritated at him. Cant we just put him in a vault until the inauguration?

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah it reminds me of when my kids were swimmers in high school and if anyone got injured doing something else, like playing recreational basketball, the coach would be livid. He needed them healthy for their sport. Same concept, lol. Although it sounds like this isn’t too big of a setback, wishing him a speedy recovery.

      • aang says:

        My daughter was an internationally competitive / ranked athlete and whenever a comp was coming up she wasn’t allowed to do things like roller skate or ski. Too much time and money went into training. But a boot won’t stop Biden from doing his job.

    • Josie Bean says:

      I want him to just stay in bed until 20 Jan.

      • Coz' says:

        Fun fact: I actually once broke my foot by getting up from my bed… So you know…

      • Arpeggi says:

        Usually, bed rest is what will cause a steep physical and cognitive decline in the elderly. It’s better that he stays active and do stuff

    • olliesmom says:

      That’s what I want to do with him too. Protect by putting him under glass so he can’t get sick or hurt.

      I’m sure that the Trumpers are having a field day talking about how old he is. Joe jogs and bikes. Trump can hardly make it up or down a ramp or a flight of stairs, but they still maintain that he’s so manly and virile.

      Joe jogged out on stage in a form-fitting suit at their drive in event the night he claimed the presidency looking extremely fit and he wasn’t winded at all. Trump will never get injured because the only actual physical activity he does is getting out of the golf cart, taking a swing and then climbing back into the golf cart.

  5. Digital Unicorn says:

    That last photo of just Joe with his new buddy gets me every time – the look on the dogs face. Its a look that says ‘yeah imma going to the white house, bring on the rose bushes’.

    • Soupie says:

      Yes! Was just thinking the same thing! That dog is everything. Just precious.

      I agree that we should put Joe in a vault until the inauguration. Then he’s gonna need double protection because the nutjobs out there are gonna be after him worse than they were after Obama.

    • Eleonor says:

      I can totally see Major messing the garden LOL!

      • jwoolman says:

        I suggest enveloping Biden in bubble wrap rather than confining him to a glass box or a vault as some have suggested. That way, he can still walk a dog. Bones need weight on them to heal… :)

    • Traveler says:

      LOL…………….I’m sure Major will leave a “critique” of melania’s renovations!

      It’s such a lovely thing to do to give an animal a chance at a good life (if you really love them and can make the long term commitment).

    • Claudia says:

      Same – Major is a sassy one, lol!

  6. BlueSky says:

    Does Major have an attorney? Was there a family intervention? Did Champ have to sit him down and tell him it’s not that deep and how he didn’t try to trip up his dad when he was told Major was coming? Did Major apologize? I need his press release! I have questions!

  7. Esmom says:

    The only White House cat I vaguely remember is Socks. The Clintons’ cat, if I’m not mistaken.

    My kids are about the same age as Malia and Sasha Obama and they were always so interested in their lives as First Daughters, envious of their experience of living in the White House. I imagine I will be following the adventures of Kitty Biden with the same level of awe, lol.

  8. SamC says:

    I have a friend who does spaniel rescue so always has a few fosters at her home, and lost count of how many fluke, and serious, injuries she’s had from playing with/walking/tripping over dogs.

  9. SJ Knows says:

    Joe, I love dogs too but, will you be careful, please?
    No more rough housing, no tug of war, no horsing around until after you are sworn in.
    Then you and the puppers can tear the place apart, inside catch football, rolled skating, whatever you want. After 1/20/2021.

    Man, I just am holding on counting the days.
    Every.single.day. Between the rising covid numbers and the ongoing sh*t show from The Orange Turd and his hangers on, hurry up and get 2020 done.

  10. aang says:

    I have a partially torn meniscus caused by my dog. She was wrestling / chasing with another dog and they ran full speed into my knee. I decided against surgery and spent months in PT. It is about 90% of my “good” knee and hurts when I hike a steep downhill but I can live with it. Big dogs don’t know their own strength, especially when they are still young.

    • SamC says:

      Yikes… the friend I mentioned in my comment above had the same thing happen, and it was from a springer spaniel! She ended up having surgery. A year later dog pulled on leash and she tripped, ended up having hand surgery.

    • Esmom says:

      Oh wow, I know someone who had the same thing happen. Sounds like it is not uncommon. Glad you are mostly healed. Surgery is not always the answer and it sounds like you made the right call.

  11. Southern Fried says:

    Check out the official Biden-Harris Transition Team site, there’s a statement from Major himself about the incident. Hilarious!

  12. Leah says:

    Doggos will do that because they just love playtime. I knew someone who accidentally dislocated her wrist when her doggo took off down the street, she fell and her wrist was in a cast for quite a while.

    Just be careful Joe, it’s not yet Jan 20th so wait until you are actually sworn in for more rough housing with the pup. Major is the same age as my cat and he’s at the “playful rough housing bro stage” too and they can get rambunctious no matter what the species.

  13. JanetDR says:

    Horrible timing for our president-elect! Wishing him a perfect recovery. Love seeing pictures of them with their dogs 💗

  14. J ferber says:

    Get well soon, President Elect Biden! The minor accident could have happened to anyone. What I see is a loving, normal man with compassion and competency. Yes, 2021 cannot come soon enough. I wish the orange toddler could be put in a play pen far away from government levers until January 20. Better yet, a border cage would be more like it.

  15. Amelie says:

    I’m glad he just needs a boot and he is going to be okay. But he is 78 and will be the oldest president to be inaugurated. His mind is still sharp which is great. But a fall at that age can have dramatic repercussions and can speed up the aging process. Those of us who have had an elderly relative suffer a fall know what I’m talking about. So I hope Jill gave Joe a stern lecture on how he should sit on a bench while playing with his dogs. I know Kamala is young and in good health and she will be able to step in should anything happen to Joe. But we don’t need him to take any risks before he even gets into the White House! I’m just glad it wasn’t a more serious injury.

  16. GuestwithCat says:

    Oh my, I can empathize with everyone who has been flattened or injured by their dog’s enthusiasm. My dog leaped and landed approximately 85 pounds of force onto my left foot only a few weeks before she passed from cancer and old age. Age and cancer did not dim her energy at all. I can’t get another dog, partly because I can’t really walk one now with my foot messed up. I guess I should have gotten a boot, too.

    And sorry, this is about Joe Biden, not me, so getting back on topic I had a bit of a scare when my husband said JB got hurt. I am so glad he will be okay. His dogs are gorgeous. I was ridiculously excited to see we will have dogs in The White House again.

    So you can imagine someone with my screen name got excited when I heard the Bidens will be getting us all a First Cat.

    I think the reason most of us don’t remember there was a First Cat after Socks Clinton is because cats don’t usually get out where they can be photographed by the press. Most don’t have the personality for that. Socks Clinton was a bit unusual in that he seemed unfazed about being surrounded by flashing clicking cameras and a bunch of strangers circling him. I saw photos of the press surrounding him trying to get pictures. It was quite a sight. The Clintons and their staff did a lot to get Socks a media presence outside of his impromptu “public appearances.” He was also heavily “merched”.

    Lol, I still have a Socks Clinton t shirt and a squeak toy! 🤣 I even named my own kitten at that time “Socks”.

    I would expect that the Biden cat will have a more protected life. But maybe Dr. Jill Biden will grace us with photos on Twitter and Instagram. She can take her own photos and spare the kitty the press intrusion. Or her staff can do it. In fact, I expect they will do that because they know the contrast to the current administration is really important and that cats and dogs are relatable.

    And the fact that Trump laughed off suggestions of getting a dog has been talked about. First pets were another in a long line of White House traditions the Trumps thumbed their noses at. The Bidens know they have to restore so much of the grace and fun that’s been absent for four years. Even when Melania hosted things, and sometimes she was AWOL, we now know it was grudgingly. And it showed.

    Anyway I can’t wait for the First Pets!

  17. Gutterflower says:

    He better be careful and take it easy. It’s a slippery slope when older people break bones. Not as easy for them to recover. I work in a ltc pharmacy and when they fall and break something more often than not they are never quite the same after.

  18. Aimee says:

    I assumed he did it while exercising. That’s right! A President who exercises!

  19. Izzy says:

    I mean, I once tripped over a fully-grown Akita and sprained my ankle. Things happen.

  20. HaHa says:

    I’m well familiar with pet caused injuries LOL!! 3 weeks ago my cat ran in front of me, I tripped over my feet trying to avoid her, fell, landed awkwardly and broke my shoulder. Ouch! Fortunately I didn’t need surgery but I’m on medical leave until mid December.

  21. april says:

    Those walking boots are the best thing ever. Beats having to use crutches for average breaks. I wore a boot before and after surgery for a foot fracture. I could do everything except drive because it was my right foot. I broke my wrist badly a few years ago and it was a horrible experience. I had surgery and set in a cast and wasn’t able to use my arm, wrist or hand for months. I wasn’t able to wash my hair and dressing took forever amongst everything else you use your hand for. It was tremendously easier with a foot fracture. Anyway, speedy healing to you, Joe!

  22. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Being owned by my Snowshoe Siamese I am all in for Dr. Biden getting a cat!!!!!! That she’s a cat person makes me love her even more!!!!!