Barack Obama nurses wounds at basketball game
Published 29/11/2010 | 15:58
President Barack Obama sat on the sidelines at a basketball game showing off his wounds from Friday's elbow in the face that split his lip.
Mr Obama and the entire first family watched the game between Howard University and Oregon State on Saturday. The day before, the president had been at the centre of the action himself.
He was accidentally struck in the mouth with a flying elbow from Rey Decerega, director of programmes for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and had 12 stitches in his lip.
While recovering, he managed to fit in a family trip to the basketball game with wife Michelle and his two girls, Malia and Sasha.
The president played basketball for about two hours at a gym at Fort McNair in Washington on Friday morning. It was a five-on-five contest involving family and friends. Among the players were Mr Obama's nephew, Avery Robinson, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Reggie Love, Mr Obama's personal assistant, who played basketball for Duke University.
The White House said the injury happened during the fifth and final game when Mr Decerega turned to take a shot and hit Mr Obama, who was playing defense, in the mouth with his elbow.
"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," Mr Decerega said in a statement.
A keen sports fan, Mr Obama played a charity basketball game for US troops with NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and hall-of-fame stars Bill Russell and Earvin "Magic" Johnson in August. He is also a keen golfer.