28 Nov 2010

Obama hit on the lip in basketball game

10:44 am on 28 November 2010

President Barack Obama has 12 stitches in his face after being injured while playing basketball.

Mr Obama was inadvertently hit on the lip by an opposing player's elbow.

The White House says the number of stitches used was high in order to reduce the size of any scar.

The BBC reports Mr Obama was playing basketball at Fort McNair, in Washington DC, with personal aide Reggie Love - who played basketball for Duke University - and other members of his family on Thanksgiving morning.

He was photographed in a grey T-shirt and jogging bottoms leaving the venue, holding his bottom lip.

The President was later spotted at an upstairs White House window holding what appeared to be a compress against his mouth, while a Christmas tree was being delivered outside.