November 26th, 2010
02:37 PM ET

Obama gets busted lip, stitches in basketball game

President Barack Obama received 12 stitches Friday after being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

The stitches were administered by the White House Medical Unit.

The medical procedure was done in the doctor's office on the ground floor of the White House.

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  1. Brandon

    Wow secret service dropped the ball on that one.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jarrid

      NIce lol

      November 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Obama must realize he's half white. He can't play with the boys in the hood.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Not really.... you notice they didn't name the person who elbowed him. That person has already been "disappeared" 🙂

      November 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I'm gay.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. Richter

      Deserves a break from patching up our economy that ended up bailed out at the end of 2008 with climbing deficits, -6.4% GDP loss, and 770,000+ jobs loss a month (off what started off a robust economy with surpluses in 2000). Now slowly but surely we are back to positive jobs though the damage remains heavy, our GDP is growing and he has retrieved back most of our bailouts. Still some way to go but hang in there Mr President and stay active.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • libshateusa

      Deficits have grown by $3Trillion since Obamanut has been in office. Unemployment has gone up by 2 – 3% on the average around the country. And people want us to believe he is doing a good job? After 9/11, the unemployment went up to 7 – 8%, country was headed towards a significant recession, which Bush averted. Before taking office in 2000, the stock market had a significant sell off, the dot.com boom was collapsing, before Bush took office. 9/11 made it worse, but we recovered. After that we had the liberals in Congress such as Barney Frank advocating and promoting home ownership by everyone, whether you could afford it or not. Passed legislation, where if you turned down a minority, banks were sued. Liberal policies accelerated the problem with the housing industry loans. In 2008, Barney Frank gives a speech denouncing the Republicans for exaggerating the potential home loan bust and declares that the Republicans are fear mongering for saying that the housing industry is on the verge of collapse. Of course, that was Bush's fault.

      Under Bush, SOX was passed to prevent the abuse and fraud that went on in the 90's with companies such as Enron and others. It was during the 90's that companies were running rampant, skimming funds for executives, padded expense accounts, fraudulent accounting practices. In 2002 – 2003, the Bush administration passed SOX to prevent this abuse.

      Keep mouthing what MSNBC tells you or the Huffington Post or the View or Move On, but this President is terrible. He denounces America while in Mexico and elsewhere in foreign countries. You have an idiot like Napolitano with the airport security, while at the same time suing Arizona for enforcing the immigration laws. Who is a bigger threat – illegal crminals coming over the border or mom and dad flying to see Grandma and Grandpa. I am all for airport security, but our administration is totally screwed up with priorities in security. More concerned with making illegals legal, without knowing who they are or what there intentions are.

      Keep it up President, you will truly be the worst President in history.

      November 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Obama rocks

    President Obama is a brilliant man! I can't wait for him to be okay!!

    November 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ive Nopenis

      The Teleprompter forgot to tell Obama to move!!!!!!!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • pepe

      Obama is an "actor"...he puts on a show...and you buy it! sorry you can't tell the difference
      he is an incompetent

      November 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. Richter

      Televised debate against 140} Reps in their own retreat that makes them still wary months later, straight televised seven hour debate session on health care, 160+ foreign and press conferences, hundreds of town halls and TV interviews, 22 primary debates, and 3 general one where he clocked McCain to get the job and years later we still get these unintelligent teleprompter quips. Talk about hopelessly hateful.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeaBigots Suck

      Obama is way better than ANY Republican. Deal with it sore losers

      November 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      HUH? Brilliant? Yeah, in my nightmares!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick

      Sorry but I have to chime in. Save your teleprompter BS. All modern presidents use them. At least Obama can hold a press conference and answer questions off script. Bush could rarely if ever be bothered to do such things. Obama can also right a speech. The actor complaint is even more delusional. Regan was was an actor and a puppet, Obama is not. Glen beck is an actor and false idol. I feel sorry for anyone stupid enough to fall under the spell of his tired and insulting dog and pony show. Grow up and accept the fact that a black man is your president lame wads.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkIt

      I don't have a problem with him using the teleprompter. I have a problem with the fact that the teleprompter is used to make him appear to be someone he's not. When he goes off script, you hear how he really thinks and what he really believes (i.e. "May be better not to pay for Grandma's surgery, and to take the pain meds instead")...and what he thinks and believes is far too often very frightening.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jen

    "dropped the ball"

    November 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jen

    Ack!
    There was supposed to be a "" after that last one....

    November 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. winter

    Lets hear from all the mutants who'll have clever takes on our President being slammed.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eggy

    Hope he wasn't "right" elbowed! It might start conspiracy rumors.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom King

    Who let Mama Grizzly on the basketball court?

    My guess is that we won't be hearing any tele-promptered oratory in a while.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve C

      Ironic, seeing as EVERY US President since Richard Nixon has used a teleprompter.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmt

      Thank you Steve. As if teleprompter's are new, such useless criticism.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LINDA BOWMAN

      Enough already with the teleprompter...ALLLLL politicians ALLLLL of them use a teleprompter when giving speeches......maybe u think they should take the time to memorize every word of the hundreds and hundreds of speeches they give..especially a President...more to the point however this is very lame....find something worth talking about if u want to criticize....

      November 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. Richter

      Televised debate against 140+ Reps in their own retreat that makes them still wary months later even though they'd invited him probably believing their own teleprompter jokes, unprecedented seven hour debate session on health care, 160+ foreign and press conferences, hundreds of town halls and TV interviews, 22 primary debates, and 3 general one where he clocked McCain to get the job and years later we still get these unintelligent teleprompter quips.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dizzy Buzz

      Palin has tried using teleprompters, unfortunately there's a short of teleprompter programmers fluent in trailer-park English.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jafar

      I agree. The President should not use the teleprompter. He should follow the republicans’ lead and write on his hand instead!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      @JReic
      How many times are you going to copy this lame nonsense?? Boring!!!

      November 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Derek

    Our president seems to always maintain his commitment to being a regular guy. I am not the president and quit playing sports with friends so these things didn't happen to me either.

    Go Barry!

    November 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      I agree, Derek! It's nice to see our president being a regular guy on a holiday weekend!

      Feel better soon!!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bobby

    Was he fouled in the act of shooting? This story isn't detailed enough. I can't see Obama playing in the post, he's more of a two.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. McDiarmid

    I think playing basketball is a choice, much like overeating and smoking. As a taxpayer, I think we should increase the premiums on people who play basketball.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmt

      Well, except that for a busted lip once in awhile, playing basketball doesn't kill you or give you one of a number of life long diseases like overeating or smoking! Clearly a difference, well at least for a rational person there is clearly a difference.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Relax...the taxing bit was a joke.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bosco56

      After the injury forced him to leave basketball in the fall of 1980, Maravich became a recluse for two years. On January 5, 1988, Pete Maravich collapsed and died at age 40 of a heart attack while playing in a pickup basketball game in the gym at the First Church of the Nazarene

      November 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      DMT loves the government babysitting us.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Val

      Ha! That's awesome, you guys are funny 🙂

      November 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmt

      all useless comments, considering Nathan says his point was meant to be a joke. Keep the day job, assuming it offers health insurance.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chill out

      @dmt
      You really need to chill out.....McDear..was joking 🙂 Geez, people you are all to intense about this guy!!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      You clowns say you want to reduce costs, yet you also want everyone fat and with and with cancer?

      November 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmt

      OK, seems I'm the only one that needs to "lighten up"...now where is that stupid smiley face button anyway?

      November 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkIt

      No, Rich. We want people to be FREE TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES to do the things that could make them fat or give them cancer. It's called a free society, and it's what this country was founded on. God Himself gives people a free will – even if they use that free will to do things that aren't good for them- and He allows them to experience the consequences of their own free will choices, good or bad. Without freedom, life really isn't worth living at all. Maybe if you study up on places where the powers-that-be treat their people like they are too stupid to have a free will...you may start to understand.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dwayne ewens

    There should be a charge again the person.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Who cares?

    Actually, we might get a couple of days without having to listen to his braying
    ...

    November 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmt

      He has nothing to "bray" about. But, he's got a lot to "brag" about. Seems alot of Black Friday shoppers think the worst is over.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BobTheDi1do

    He told the secrete service guys not to go easy and so they didn't. Lol. The guy who did it is for sure demoted hahaha

    November 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Actually this is nothing compared to the beating he took on election day....

    November 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frances

      So funny and true!!!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Toni

    yall shut up.. seriously.. if you think you can do better then Him.. why is it i don't see yall out there running for president? and anyway He is JUST A REGULAR PERSON

    November 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frances

      So is Sarah, but I bet you love her critics!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      He's not a regular person. He's the President of the United States. He shouldn't "playing" anything right now with the Korean peninsula about to explode.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Demo

      What a good guy. Shows that he is active and likes to have fun, just enough to release the tensions of the job. And personally I don't know why we're even worried about Korea. I wish we would just close our borders and focus on AMERICANS instead of worrying about these other countries who can't function. Wasting our dollars day by day.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
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