Obama Gets His Stitches Out

Barack Obama
President Obama shows off the stitches in his lip on Nov. 29, 2010, after getting an elbow to the face in a basketball game over Thanksgiving weekend. AP

President Obama today had the 12 stitches in his upper lip removed with no noticeable damage.

He received the stitches last Friday after getting elbowed in the face during a basketball game.

CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller and other reporters noticed the development today in a chance encounter with the president outside of the Oval Office. (The president told the reporters that FIFA made the "wrong decision" in picking Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup over the United States.)

Now that the president's stitches are removed, he should be back on his game -- Mr. Obama said he played basketball on Sunday with his daughters, but they "took it easy" on him.

Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.