President Obama displays his stitches while watching a basketball game between Oregon State and Howard University on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.
Our Fearless Leader took one in the kisser last Friday while playing pickup basketball; AFP reports he's healing well. At first I thought President Obama got his fat lip from the Buried Life guys, who spent all of Episode Six earlier this year trying and failing to get a play date with him and presidential aide Reggie Love on the court. (They eventually succeeded!) But it turns out The Elbower is Rey Decerega, director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, according to the New York Times. Mr. Obama needed a dozen stitches to close the wound and, as NPR's Scott Simon mused,
I wonder if having a larger scar wouldn't actually fortify President Obama's profile, as he contends with Kim Jong Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Vladimir Putin. Imagine a president with a gnarly, vivid scar telling the rulers of China, "Nice country ya' got here. I'd hate to see something happen to it if you didn't stop foolin' around with the value of your currency. Know what I mean?"
All I could think was - do NOT let Mr. Obama attend stick and puck with the Washington Caps.