Biden welcomes wounded warrior cyclists to the White House


‘We’re so damn proud of you’: Biden welcomes wounded warrior cyclists participating in the annual Soldier Ride to the White House days after falling off his own bike

  • President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed wounded warrior cyclists to the White House Thursday who are participating in this year’s Soldier Ride 
  • ‘We’re so damn proud of you,’ Biden told the 30-or-so participants who rode two laps around the South Lawn
  • The president started the ride by blasting a tiny red air horn 
  • The bicycle-themed event comes just days after the president got his foot stuck in his bike’s toe cage taking a tumble in front of supporters and press  

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed wounded warrior cyclists to the White House Thursday morning who are participating in this year’s Soldier Ride. 

‘We’re so damn proud of you,’ Biden told the 30-or-so participants who rode two laps around the South Lawn after the president got them started by blasting a tiny red air horn. 

The bicycle-themed event comes just days after the president got his foot stuck in his bike’s toe cage taking a tumble in front of reporters and supporters during a weekend away in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed wounded warrior cyclists to the White House Thursday morning who are participating in this year's Soldier Ride

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed wounded warrior cyclists to the White House Thursday morning who are participating in this year’s Soldier Ride

'We're so damn proud of you,' Biden told the 30-or-so participants who rode two laps around the South Lawn after the president got them started by blasting a tiny red air horn

‘We’re so damn proud of you,’ Biden told the 30-or-so participants who rode two laps around the South Lawn after the president got them started by blasting a tiny red air horn

The bicycle-themed event comes just days after the president got his foot stuck in his bike's toe cage taking a tumble in front of reporters and supporters during a weekend away in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

The bicycle-themed event comes just days after the president got his foot stuck in his bike’s toe cage taking a tumble in front of reporters and supporters during a weekend away in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

The 79-year-old president didn’t need medical attention. 

On Monday, talking to reporters during a beach walk he said with a grin: ‘I fell, in case you didn’t notice.’ 

On Thursday, Dr. Biden spoke first, explaining how the Wounded Warrior Project had been a partner to her Joining Forces initiative, which was started during the Obama years when she was serving as second lady. 

She relaunched it when the Bidens moved into the White House last year. 

‘Healing is not a straight line. There are challenges that never seem to go away,’ Dr. Biden said. 

‘But I hope this morning here at the White House, being cheered on by your president and first lady and vice president and second gentleman, you can look back journey and see just how far you’ve come,’ the first lady said. 

(From left) Presidemt Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff cheered on riders at Thursday's Soldier Ride event at the White House

(From left) Presidemt Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff cheered on riders at Thursday’s Soldier Ride event at the White House 

President Joe Biden (left) hugs retired Army Corp. Danielle Green (right) who recounted losing her left arm in Iraq and being rehabilitated, in part, by cycling with the Wounded Warrior Project

President Joe Biden (left) hugs retired Army Corp. Danielle Green (right) who recounted losing her left arm in Iraq and being rehabilitated, in part, by cycling with the Wounded Warrior Project 

Danielle Green (left) talked about surviving a rocket attack in Baghdad before introducing President Joe Biden (right) at an event Thursday welcoming wounded warriors participating in the annual Soldier Ride

Danielle Green (left) talked about surviving a rocket attack in Baghdad before introducing President Joe Biden (right) at an event Thursday welcoming wounded warriors participating in the annual Soldier Ride 

President Joe Biden mingled with the cyclists after they did two laps around the South Lawn at the White House on Thursday

President Joe Biden mingled with the cyclists after they did two laps around the South Lawn at the White House on Thursday 

President Joe Biden greets a participant in the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride at the White House on Thursday

President Joe Biden greets a participant in the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride at the White House on Thursday 

Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff were also on hand. 

The president was introduced by Retired Corporal Danielle Green, who recounted losing an arm in Iraq. 

‘I found myself on the rooftop of a police station in Baghdad, Iraq watching two rocket-propelled grendates almost hit the humvees below,’ she recalled. ‘As I prepared to return fire, a rocket hit me and separated my left arm from my body.’ 

‘I felt I was going to die, but as I lay there I decided to say a prayer: I said please give me the strength to tell my story and I wanted a child,’ she continued. ‘And today my son Daniel is seven years old.’   

Green talked about the support the Wounded Warrior Project gave to her when she returned to the United States. 

‘They partnered with a local bike shop to build me an adapted bike, they trained me on how to ride with confidence,’ she said. ‘Of course I fell several times, but someone was always by my side to cheer me on.’  

Green introduced Biden who welcomed the warriors to ‘your house.’ 

The president said that this year’s Soldier Ride included  77 active duty riders and 21 veterans.  

‘Many of you come from a war abroad, only to fight a battle of recovery at home,’ the president said. ‘You’re the best America has to offer.’  

‘Remember on this ride today you’re not alone,’ the president said. 

Biden then kicked off a two-lap ride by holding up a tiny red airhorn, with the cyclists pedaling around the South Lawn twice.   

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