President Obama’s Seemingly Casual Thanksgiving Basketball Game Ends With a Trip to the Doctor’s Office

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President Obama leaves the court yesterday holding an ice pack to his lip. Photo: Getty Images

President Barack Obama was "inadvertently" elbowed in the upper lip yesterday by his friend Rey Decerega, director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, during a five-on-five pickup basketball game at Fort McNair with friends and family visiting for Thanksgiving. Yep, the president's seemingly friendly, allegedly casual Thanksgiving athletic events get out of hand, too, as tensions just under the surface, perhaps, boiled over. (Or it was a total accident.) The president needed twelve stitches to repair the lip injury, received under anesthesia in the doctor's office on the ground floor of the White House. "I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport," a terrified Decerega said. "I enjoyed playing basketball with him. I'm sure he'll be back out on the court again soon." D'ohhh!

Obama gets 12 stitches after errant elbow to mouth
[AP via Yahoo]