Now We Know: Obama Elbower Identified

Not Reggie or Arne: It's Rey Decerega
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2010 9:41 AM CST
President Obama tends to his lip as he walks to his vehicle yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – For the record, the man whose elbow gave President Obama a fat lip is Rey Decerega, who works for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. The White House play-by-play: Decerega "turned into POTUS, who was playing defense, to take a shot when the elbow hit the president in the mouth." Obama needed 12 stitches on his upper lip only because the medical staff used a "smaller filament" that results in more stitches but a smaller scar, it says.

"I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport," said Decerega in a statement. "I'm sure he'll be back out on the court soon."

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