That'll leave a mark: Obama gets 12 stitches! 

We admit: Beltway was a little judgy this morning when President Obama headed off in the motorcade for basketball at Fort McNair. We're working! We're at work here! No time for hoops!

 

But yikes -- Obama, playing with staff and family members, took an elbow to the face and ended up getting 12 stitches! Press secretary Robert Gibbs was ready with a statement:

"After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit. They were done in the doctor's office located on the ground floor of the White House."

The medical unit that treated Obama used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and results in a smaller scar. Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches.

Local anesthetic? Was Vice President Biden standing by just in case? CNN's Ed Henry via Facebook:

I asked if there would be a presidential pardon for the so far unidentified "opposing player," and a top WH aide just laughed.

Henry is reporting it was not Reggie Love who clocked the POTUS. We're going to need John Boehner's alibi.

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