Obama’s Bloody Lip

Barack Obama BasketballWhile playing basketball with friends at Fort McNair yesterday, President Barack Obama was (presumably) inadvertently elbowed in the mouth by Rey Decerega, an associate with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.  Back at the White House, hours later, medical staff gave Obama 12 stitches to close his lip.

President Obama has now joined the ranks of past presidents injured while in office.  Among them are George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.  George W. Bush suffered scrapes to his chin, upper lip, nose, right hand and both knees when he lost control of his mountain bike in 2004.  This was one of many health issues for Bush.  Bill Clinton required knee surgery in 1997 after he fell while exiting a golfer’s home in Florida.  He tore more than half of the quadriceps tendon in his right knee.  Ronald Reagan suffered a punctured lung (via bullet) during an assassination attempt in 1981.  For a longer list of past presidential injuries, visit this page.

US President SealPresident Obama must be commended in a regard:  He was playing basketball at a base located in Washington D.C., but he did not seek medical attention until he arrived at the White House, hours later…at which time he was given stitches.  This either says Obama is a trooper or the White House hands out unnecessary stitches.  Whichever may be the case, an elbow to the mouth never tickles.  I am interpreting the incident as a good indication of Obama’s character.

I am not one for basketball, but I have played (and will continue to play) my share of racquetball.  On an unrelated note, Barack Obama has yet to make his way into a spellchecker, I see.

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