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. Xiomara

    It doesn't matter if you're liberal or conservative, have a heart! A fellow human being was injured, feel some compassion!

    November 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      It's not like it was a grievous injury, so lighten up. Anyone who plays aggressive basketball has to expect this sort of injury can happen. At least he didn't tear a tendon or anything...

      November 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I bet it was no accident!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sara

    Obama you are like 45 years old. You are NOT a 17 year old. Go play chess.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Chess is not such a good cardio workout. I for one am glad the president exercises - even on the day after Thanksgiving...

      November 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      That's pretty much what my 80 year old father said. Leave those games to the young guys.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rene

      I think it's great that he is as active as he is and what does his age have to do with anything ? He's one president who can relate to the young people. He's pretty cool for his age.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lysa

      So Sara, if a 17 year old gets hit in the mouth with an elbow they won't bleed? Wait til your 45 and you'll realize what a stupid comment you made.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      LOLOL..........u tell him Sara! Obama seems to excel at the one thing that means absolutely nothing to his career, basketball!

      November 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • iris

      No Sara, He is "like" 49,, and yes WAYYYY too old to be trying to play basketball. He needs to be more concerned with running this country more efficiently, but here he is, playing games , just "like " he is running a game on the American people and the country. Maybe he won't be running his mouth for a while . We can only "hope"

      November 27, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Havoth

      I do not understand all this AGE-ISM being shown here! 49 is too old to play basketball? Since when? A healthy body is necessary for everybody, and the POTUS especially as it is good for a healthy mind. He didn't cry, he played on. You are too young obviously to judge what is too 'old' and what is not.

      November 30, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rocketship

    A true warrior. Way better than a jumpsuit and mission accomplished ploy.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      A true warrior?
      No...that would be our soldiers.
      Your comment is disrespectful to every veteran.

      November 27, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. dsdsdsd

    owned

    November 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gator

    Looks like he plays basketball like he plays politics, with his nose in everyone else's business.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • smitty

      and as the President of the free world; i hope he has his nose in everyone's business–that's his job.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • effelbee

      Wait-aren't you the same guy who blames him if something goes wrong for not doing something? What is he supposed to do, hide? B-ball is an aggressive game and so are politics and international relations.

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

      you got it right, eff: absolutely.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Curious

    Interesting. A black eye on election day and busted lip for Thanksgiving.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SeNdEm PaCkInG

    Funny.... In the midst of the Korean Crisis,Rio Crisis, and your general thousands of people dying every day and ole' Barack still has time to play some B-ball. "He's Just being a normal guy" well F THAT, thats the problem, we elected a "Normal Guy" who has no idea how to run a country, thank god hes got a couple people that know what they are doing, and arent Playing a game of pickup with the Hommies and are running our freaking country. I hope it gets infected. haha.
    I support whoever is in office as best i can b/c its the right thing to do, but i still get to b1tch when they screw up.

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

      So you're saying that people should eat, sleep, live, at their job, and have no time for their family? You must be a riot at parties.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • effelbee

      W cuts brush at his ranch and set all time records for being on vacation during his 8 years, and you don't think Obama can shoot some hoops to get some exercise? A bit of biased nonsense. Go take your meds.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      You better believe there are people working 24-7 on that, and keeping the president in the loop. But sometimes the president doesn't need to make a speech about it. Sometimes it is better to be silent - at least to the media.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      if your job is running the free world yeah!

      November 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dizzy Buzz

      Physical fitness is best maintained from a relaxed, upright or reclined couch position while filling one's gob full of crispy fried treats and sugar or alcohol laden beverages..if you happen to be Homer Simpson.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlexG

      Really? you must be some kind of stupid. Even the president deserves to get a little time to get some exercise in, so dont get your conservative panties in such a bunch. I mean really, he probably had a serious thanksgiving dinner and wanted to work some of that weight off. Better than having a fat lard of a prez who cant get himself out of a bathtub, for example.

      Even the Prez gets some downtime too.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Strenuous physical exercise is a great way to reduce stress and tension, and be able to resume work with a fresh outlook on the problems that need to be solved. Now, if that's isn't a description of what any doctor would advise any President, then I don't know what is.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea Party Morons

      You are a complete idiot for even posting something that crazy! The President can't get any exercise? Go back to the cave you came from, and take your puppet Palin with you!

      November 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • iris

      Yeah, I hope his lip falls off, No>> I hope his face falls off.. No< I hope his head falls off . I hope I hope ... I hope. Oh how I wish foe hope and change.. change, yeah! that's it.. Change

      November 27, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Josh

    Why wasn't the secret service adequately guarding our President?

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

      because the secret service sucks at a pick-up game.. do you know the name of the person who commited the foul against our President? I don't know either, but i'm pretty sure he had clearance to be on the court.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BD70

    Thats gotta hurt......

    November 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CurtisCandy

    That had to be some great smack talk:

    "I don't care if you are the leader of the free world, I own this paint!"

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

      LOL Curtis, I was thinking the same thing... even if the owner of that elbow feels bad now – being able to tell your grandkids you popped the president in the mouth and gave him a fat lip is just priceless.

      November 27, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. D

    wow his marriage is really going down hill

    November 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ruspanic

    Ouch. Obama will be fine, but I feel very sorry for the person who just elbowed the President of the United States in the face.

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

      U feel sorry for the guy who elbowed him? Why? who cares? Its called a "pick up game", no referees, just the lame secret service agents

      November 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Retired LE

    Was it a Republican elbow?

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

      LOL............could have been!

      November 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea Party Morons

      It could have been! But they would 1) Deny any involvement and take NO responsibility 2) Republicans work out?? yeah right....

      November 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JOHN

    They are going to blame this on islamic terrorists as well.

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

      No, no John. Those people you're thinking of believe Obama is the Islamic terrorist. Or do they think he's a black Nazi...I'm so confused.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jan

    ALL of the haters out there need to stop.There is a time and a place for everything. Pres.Obama could have gotten hurt worse,Thank God that he did not.

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

      Jan, he voluntarily joined in the game. He was the president of the Harvard Law Review. If he isnt smart enough to figure out that he could have gotten knocked around he shouldnt be president, color has nothing to do with it.

      November 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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