Politics & Government

President gets a busted lip playing pick-up hoops

WASHINGTON — In the basketball presidency, it was bound to happen.

President Barack Obama was accidentally elbowed Friday morning during a pickup game, forcing him to get 12 stitches in his lip, the White House said. Obama received the stitches under local anesthesia at the White House after he returned home from the game at Fort McNair, a military base in Washington where he often plays.

Rey Decerega, the director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, said in a statement that he injured Obama in the last of five five-on-five games.

"I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport. I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning," Decerega said. "I'm sure he'll be back out on the court again soon."

The Washington Post

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