"After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the president received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit," Gibbs, the White House spokesman, said.
The news was issued about three hours after the incident. The President was taken to the White House to see his doctor who put in twelve the stitches to repair his injured lower lip.
He was given a local anesthesia, and he requested that there be no call made for Vice President Biden to be in the wings. President Obama said "If anything goes wrong, make Hillary president. The last thing we need is that idiot Biden running things."
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Mr. Decerega issued the following statement: "I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport.. I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I'm sure he'll be back out on the court again soon. At least now he will think twice next time he tries to push me out from under the basket."