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Sunday
Nov282010

Fresh Off Basketball Injury, Obama and Family Attend College Game

Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The first family stepped away from the White House Saturday to catch a college basketball game at Howard University.  First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, the head coach of the Oregon State men’s basketball team, was in town for the matchup against Howard.

This was the president’s first public appearance since catching an elbow in the mouth during a basketball game on Friday. The White House now says that President Obama injured his lower lip. The White House originally told reporters the president got 12 stitches to his upper lip.

The Obamas arrived to an enthusiastic but sparse crowd at Howard. President Obama, the first lady, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson sat next to Craig Robinson’s wife behind the Oregon State bench. The first daughters wore orange in a show of support for the Oregon State Beavers. 

The first family brought Robinson and the Beavers a bit of luck – the team defeated Howard 84-74.

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Friday
Nov262010

President Obama Requires Stitches After Basketball Injury

President Obama walks to his car after a game of basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama needed 12 stitches on his upper lip after he was inadvertently hit Friday morning while playing basketball with friends and family at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

The president was playing defense when Rey Decerega, an opposing player, turned into him to take a shot and his elbow hit Obama in the mouth.

"I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport," Decerega, who works for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, said in a written statement. "I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I'm sure he'll be back out on the court again soon."

The president was given a local anesthetic for the procedure.

The White House Medical Unit used a smaller filament that requires more stitches but makes them tighter, resulting in a smaller scar, the administration said.

Obama's love of basketball is well documented. The president, who played basketball for his high school team in Hawaii, has on a few occasions stepped away from the White House to attend college and professional games.

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