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. MrUniteUs

    Wishing you a speed recovery Mr. President and a triple double in your next game.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Toni

    so back off at least He was out playing ball with family and friends.. what where yall doing? watching foot ball? sleeping? being a pain to someone.. He does what he can and he tries.. its better than what some have done.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bx11

    Our prez is so cool. He's definitely not out shooting little birds that are tied to the ground like Darth Cheney does .

    November 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • lucien

      Dick Cheney is so cool,at least he wasnt out killing babies with a stroke of his abortion pen.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkIt

      bx11- Um, yeah, because that's what I want in a President; the "Cool" factor.

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

    Brett Favre always played better after a big hit.
    Maybe now Mr President can join us in reality and start to lead this country.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjszeliga

      You sound like one of the "Sarah Palin to the Rescue" bunch...

      November 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmt

      Yeah, because we know Palin live in reality. I mean she's got a reality show.

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

      Right? @Rocketship

      And whats wrong with Palin? She lives her life normally and doesn't get beat up when she tries to do it.

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

      Yeah...you sound like you need to go stand right next to Sarah....up in North Korea.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rocketship

    The Miami Heat reference was a little obvious.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rocketship

    Thank God for free health care for all.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmt

      Wrong again. Study up dude!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cedric

    Was he fouled by a right wing ?

    November 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevehorn

      the entire right wing is foul...

      November 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    Aww. That's gotta hurt. Thank goodness it wasn't an ill-mannered lout on the street. Still sounds better than choking on a pretzel.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Choking on a pretzel....lol. I do remember that.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kjszeliga

    Boy, that must have made alot of Republicans happy!!!!!

    November 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tssshhhh

      I'm more likely to vote Republican and I disagree with almost every position taken by this president. That said, I'm happy and relieved that he wasn't seriously injured playing basketball. He's an intelligent man who generally sets a positive personal example and means well. I hope he has quit that dangerous smoking habit. He's the president and I respect him in his position as most Republicans and conservatives.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevehorn

      assuming they can read...

      November 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • gg

      No, his getting elected did.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lita

    wow i feel sorry for him... hope he gets better
    i think he needs better bodygaurds or something =/

    November 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nate

    He plays basketball he drinks beer I gotta say he sounds like your regular american not like the past ones who seem to want to hide their true selves he's a regular down to earth american that's all I got to say.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cocoa

      One word to sum this: "Priceless"

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

      And "punctuation-less" 🙂

      November 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Craig

    And this is newsworthy why?

    November 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ollie

    Use some ALOE VERA GEL on your lip
    MR.PRESIDENT it will
    heal faster.
    Be careful but I am glad that you can get a chance to have a little fun.
    God Bless You.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • devosays

      very weird....

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

      Oh yeah, Obama is reading your post right now. I'm sure he was on pins and needles waiting for your miracle cure advice.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nadine

    And basketball can get physical. Folks need to get over themselves. The President will be OK

    November 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sakuntala sharma

    Get well soon and we pray for your speedy recovery!

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