President Barack Obama is healing nicely after getting hit in the face this weekend.
While many Americans were scurrying to various stores, snatching up the best deals on holiday gifts, the president was getting in some leisurely games of basketball. Unfortunately, the fun was cut short when the president caught an elbow to face during his fifth game of the day.
The White House reports that the president was rushed to the hospital to get 12 stitches on his upper lip.
The president was playing defense when his opponent, Rey Decerega, took a shot during the five-on-five game.
Rey, the director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, released a statement on the incident, but neglected to apologize.
"I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport,” Rey said. “I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I’m sure he’ll be back out on the court again soon."
— Sonya Eskridge