President Obama back on the court, as a spectator

President Barack Obama, with stitches in his bottom lip, watches his brother-in-law’s Oregon State team play Howard University Saturday. 

Associated Press

President Barack Obama, with stitches in his bottom lip, watches his brother-in-law’s Oregon State team play Howard University Saturday. 

WASHINGTON — It took 12 stitches to patch up that busted lip President Barack Obama got from a pickup basketball game — and now he's back on the court, but this time as spectator.

Obama took the whole family to Howard University, where they watched the Oregon State Beavers defeat the Howard Bison, 84-74. His brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, is the Oregon State coach.

With the president were first lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters Sasha and Malia. Coach Robinson's wife, the couple's infant son and his two children from a previous marriage.

Michelle Obama and her mother and even the baby showed Oregon State spirit, dressed in the school's colors, black and orange.

Also at the sparsely attended game in Burr Gymnasium was Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He was seated behind the Obamas, who were in the first row above the court on the Oregon State side.

The president was injured Friday morning during a game of basketball with friends and family at Fort McNair when he took an errant elbow in the mouth. Doctors stitched up Obama after he returned to the White House.

On Saturday, the White House said Obama's injury required stitches to the left side of his lower lip.

The day before, staffers said it was the president's upper lip that was sewn up. The White House offered no explanation for its error.

During last year's Thanksgiving weekend, the first family saw Oregon State beat George Washington.

President Obama back on the court, as a spectator 11/27/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:24pm]

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