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. noonzer

    It's just one thing after another with this clown. Counting the days until we get him shipped back to Chicago – unfortunately, it's just too long to wait.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlexG

      One thing after another? The man can't play a game of basketball? There's always a chance that someone gets hurt during close proximity physical activity.

      Have you ever picked up a basketball before and played a fun 2v2 before? Sure as hell doesnt sound like it.

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

      Chicago? err..I thought he was from kenya

      November 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Oh I'm sorry, did I bust your freaking lip....It was an accident..Honest..LOL.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. foreign observer

    So sad the state of political discourse (or lack thereof) in the USA. That a simple article about the President catching an elbow in a basketball game can generate so much mindless babble, mudslinging, and just utter nonsense. Pathetic.

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

      Yeeeh right lol.Just think if U had to suffer a dictatership,overwhelming taxes ,liberal bias and no job.

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

      lucien: if you are in America, you are fortunate that you do not have a dictator or high taxes relative to the rest of the Western World. And as for the strong conservative bias in this country, I do not consider that fortunate.

      But you should be awful glad you live in a country where you can air your bitter feelings about the government so freely. As conservatives reminded us so often during the Bush years, if you don't like the country you should just leave...

      November 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oweee

      That's because you Lefties are good teachers.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • smitty

      i think it great that we can post in any fashion without chance for censorship. i think it's great that we chat about OUR President. 310 million strong–and we all come from different walks of life. to borrow a lyrical measure: coal-burnin' stove–no natural gas; and if that ain't country i'll kiss your ass.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Krozar

    You outta seen the other guy.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark Allgood

    Probably looks a lot more like his voting base now with that fat lip.

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

      How did you know? I'm a white middle aged male who is part of his voting base, and earlier this week I actually did bash my lip - so it has swollen a little. Almost ironic...

      November 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkIt

      Get help. Please. For the sake of people who actually have to live with you.

      November 26, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheREALtruth

      Mark Allgood is a no-good racist.

      November 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rocketship


    November 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. christina

    I love that my president is human. and has some real fun....

    November 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Bush had fun, too... I think. Didn't he spend all that time at his ranch doing something or other? And Clinton loved to jog to McDonalds...

      November 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      I seem to remember Clinton's sport of choice wasn't ONLY jogging to McDonalds. Lips were involved but they weren't his LMAO!! Oh, but I'm sure you'll have an excuse for him, right???

      November 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Red Kansas

    Obama Basketball Policy has had the air-let-out as reported by CNN...
    What team is he own, WallStreet or MSNBC Mika
    ObamaCare heal Thy Self.
    Bush League is Tough..

    November 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. carlos

    ignorance at its best....and only from the relagated to a lower life: republiCONS

    November 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel

    Nice to have an athletic President again.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChollyGee

      @John: Sooo, athletes do not smoke or drink? Welcome to Earth, you have to be new here.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. char

    Hey, I wonder if we all get the in house medical team with Obama's health care??

    November 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      No, just the rich and important people.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mltinoco

    This happend to my son in his junior year while playing basket ball in highschool but worse...a players elbow landed on his front tooth $4000.00-$5000.00, years later he got a metal post with a tooth. Hope the President heals soon. as a mother i was scared to see the blood and tooth just haning out! not a pretty sight..

    November 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ChollyGee

    People who actually exercise more than their typing fingers and mouth play games like bas-ket-ball and catch a bow in the chops once in a while. Maybe he should have shot a friend in the face with a shotgun, that would meet more people's approval.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOHICA

    Did he raise his hand and call "foul?" Hope not, "Foul guy" is a the tool no one ever wants to play pickup hoops with..

    November 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Evenrude1

    Ouch!! Rightwing elbows flying finally landed appropriately. He's exempt from Obamacare though?? Wish he got the same great healthcare that he is forcing upon all Americans! I thought the founding fathers stated that what is good for one, is good for all – including those writing the laws??

    November 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea Party Morons

      another moron speaks.....and his name is Evenrude1

      November 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
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