Obama Gets Stitches After Basketball Elbow

The president got twelve stitches after taking an elbow to the lip in a basketball game Friday.

Obama received the stitches under local anesthesia in the doctor's office on the ground floor of the White House after he returned home from the game at Fort McNair, a military base where he often plays.

The injury is unlikely to keep Obama from playing more hoops, even though a dozen stitches on the lip are not ideal for a man whose rise to the White House was aided by impressive speaking skills.

On the other hand, it could have been worse. In 1991, George H.W. Bush was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat after jogging. In 1994, then-Vice President Al Gore ruptured his Achilles tendon playing basketball.

Three years later, Clinton fell down the stairs at the Florida home of golfer Greg Norman, forcing him to have right knee surgery and use crutches for months.