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. rcanson

    Its an unwriten RULE, go eazy on our president when playing him in sports. The guy who elbowed him in the face must be a REPUBLICAN, LOL.l

    November 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. Richter

      Maybe they were playing under regular guy rules. Cheney should have tried that when he went shooting with cronies instead of making them fetch the birds while he shot. But then maybe not or we might not have Cheney any more.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. htdthdhtdhtd

    Nice that he can just walk into a doctor's office while the rest of us have to wonder if we can get medical care at all.

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

      The difference between you and the President, moron, is that Barack Obama is a somebody and you will ALWAYS be a wanna-be and a zero.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      @ reality check.....tee-he-he

      November 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. Richter

      Exactly the point of all the wranglings of last year that some thought was a self inflicted attempt to hurt his own election prospect rather than a serious attempt at solving that problem for many.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mouse

    Whatever you think of his actions in the oval office, you have to admit his commitment to staying down to earth and to his family despite his job is admirable

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

      Some folks wound't give this man any praise even if he came to their town and did their work for them.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    I guess we can now say for sure he has a fat lip

    November 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TONY

    I imagine the Secret Service leapt into action, tackled the crazed elbow and wrestled it to the ground.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. isle90

    I love the word inadvertently. Wonder if the player who elbowed the President is inadvertently detained? When you play the game these types of elbows do come flying on at times. So Mr. President let's keep playing but be aware at all times of the flying elbow and I hope you rebound soon and once again are on top of your basketball game.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paras

    Get well soon.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. theMFtruth

    that is not true at all.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    I wonder if he was playing Dick Cheney.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyndi59

      Hillary..

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

    c'mon CNN, we need a little more to go on than this: loose ball? going after a rebound? did he take a charge? did the other guy own up to the foul? what was the score? and most importantly, did he return to finish the game?

    November 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Democrat4life

    All you republicans are LOSERS. I bet you any money you LOSERS are going to elect Sarah Palin as your party leader too, like she even has a brain or knows anything about running country right? ha

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

      tell 'em losers!

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

      about as much as a freshman senator from Illinois does...

      November 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harsh Reality

      As long as Obama is in office we're all losers, you included. Only difference is that you don't see what's really happening.

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

      these republicans losers are the same people who voted for palin.

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

      She knows how to run straight to North Korea

      November 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. blahblah

    WHO CARES?? IS THERE NOTHING MORE NEWSWORTHY THAN THIS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD?

    November 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lisa

    HAAAAHHHHHAAAAAA.....HAAAAHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

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

      Amen to that.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harsh Reality

      I second that! 🙂

      November 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. f1mktsol

    Shooting hoops on a work day? Nice gig, if you can get it.

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

      Um....if you didn't know...this man is working 24/7. Or did you think the leader of the free world has weekend, nights and holidays off???

      November 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ItWasMe

    Are you sure it was a pretzel he was choking on?

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