President Joe Biden made a brief stop in Michigan Tuesday to address striking UAW members before continuing onto fundraisers.
Biden descended a short flight of stairs on Air Force One, foregoing the tradition long set at the center of the plane. Even fewer stairs couldn’t prevent him from slipping. Watch:
Joe Biden almost loses his footing as he exits AF1 in Michigan. pic.twitter.com/v8EkTaPAry
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) September 26, 2023
Biden then made his way to the picket line outside a General Motors parts distribution center in Belleville, where he grabbed a bullhorn and spoke to the striking workers for just 53 seconds:
Joe Biden has joined the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) picket line in Wayne County, Michigan.
Do you support this move by the president?
The US autoworkers have done a tremendous job helping save US manufacturing of cars in the United States. They deserve so much… pic.twitter.com/vE9DNd5NvH
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) September 26, 2023
Biden struggled to keep union Boss Shawn Fain’s attention, despite the brief remarks. Fain could be seen looking at his phone while the president spoke.
In Wayne, Biden spoke for just 19 seconds. Fain handed him the bullhorn and stepped down from a short podium. Biden declined the step up, instead addressing picketers from the ground.