Struck in mouth playing basketball, Obama gets 12 stitches

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, November 26, 2010 14:50 EDT
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The White House said Friday that President Obama received 12 stitches after being struck in the mouth by someone’s elbow during a game of basketball.

The individual who hit the president was not named. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the blow was “inadvertent.”

Obama was playing basketball this morning — a frequent recreational activity for the 44th president — at Fort McNair when the accident occurred.

His injury was closed by doctors at the White House, Gibbs added.

Pool reports noted that doctors used a smaller filament to seal the president’s wound, which increases the number of stitches required but reduces scarring.

This video is from The Associated Press, uploaded to YouTube Nov. 25, 2010.

Photo: AFP.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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