Obama suffers basketball injury; Gets 12 stitches

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama has received 12 stitches in his lip after being hit during a pick up basketball game.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says the president was inadvertently struck by someone's elbow Friday.

The president received the stitches in the doctor's office on the ground floor of the White House. Obama had traveled to Fort McNair with a group of family and friends for an early morning game of basketball.

Obama is a sports fan, roots for his hometown Chicago teams and has often gone golfing in addition to playing basketball.

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