The US President Obama had a great celebration of Thanksgiving but unfortunately wound up his upper lip while playing basketball. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the President received a dozen stitches after getting with an errant elbow during a Friday morning basketball game.
President Obama was playing game with White House aide Reggie Love and some unidentified family members at the Fort McNair military base in Washington. The elbow belongs to Rey Decerega who is working for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
According to the White House aides, Decerega went up for a shot and turned into the President, who was playing defense and accidentally got hit in the mouth.
The White House Medical Unit administered 12 stitches to the president, which was done in the doctor’s office located on the ground floor of the White House. Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches and the doctors used a smaller filament. That increases the number of stitches needed to patch up the tear, but it makes a tighter stitch so that the President’s scar on his lower lip should be smaller.