Obama Gets 12 Stitches

11.29.10 | Sarah Harnisch

  The President of the United States had to get 12 stitches on his lip over the weekend... all because of a little 5-on-5 basketball game. Apparently, the prez was playing a 5-on-5 game with Rey Decerega-- when Ray, the director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, clocked him on the lip with an errant elbow while going up for a shot. the president had to get 12 stitches to close a cut on his lower lip. But Obama was a good sport-- just yesterday, he was seen hooping it up with daughters Sasha and Malia on a court near the interior department building.
   He's not the first Commander in Chief to take an ego hit. Former President Gerald Ford took a tumble down the steps of Air Force One in Austria... in 1992, former President George H.W. Bush had food sickness-- on the Prime Minister of Japan's lap. And in 2002-- former President George W. Bush cut his face after he fainted while choking on a pretzel. He also took a tumble off a segway. Then there's Bill Clinton, who tripped down a flight of stairs while president.