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.
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