Obama Needs 12 Stitches After Basketball Mishap

November 26, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)— A friendly game of basketball with friends and staff, turned out to be not so friendly. President Obama required 12 stitches to close up a split lip after being elbowed by an, as yet, unidentified opposing player. It’s rough out there.

Perhaps President Obama was a little slow on his feet today, after eating a calorie laden Thanksgiving meal, including ham, turkey, macaroni and cheese and assorted pies.

CNN reports that Obama was stitched up by the medical team at the White House.

“After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player’s elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit,” said Gibbs. “They were done in the doctor’s office located on the ground floor of the White House.”

“Aides said Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches, and doctors used a smaller filament. That increases the number of stitches needed to patch up the tear, but it makes a tighter stitch so that the President’s scar on his lower lip should be smaller.”

White House aides did not identify the opposing player with the killer defense moves, but did confirm that Obama’s assistant, Reggie Love, a former basketball player for Duke was not responsible for the errant elbow.

Photo Source: White House Flickr


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