From Tahman Bradley:
The first family stepped away from the White House today to catch some college basketball at Howard University. First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, the head coach of the Oregon State men’s basketball team, was in town for the matchup against HU.
This was the president’s first public appearance since catching an elbow in the mouth during a basketball game. The White House now says that President Obama injured his lower lip. The White House originally told reporters the president got 12 stitches to his upper lip.
The Obamas arrived to an enthusiastic but sparse crowd at Howard. President Obama, the first lady, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson sat next to Craig Robinson’s wife behind the Oregon State bench. The first daughters wore orange in a show of support for the Oregon State Beavers.
Obama’s lip seemed a little sore, he had tiny white stitches. But that didn’t stop him from downing some popcorn at halftime. The president remained interested throughout the entire game cheering and clapping when an Oregon State player did something well.
Even though he was rooting for Oregon State the Howard fans and students didn’t seem to mind. Howard is an historically black university and the crowd grew especially excited when a song with the hook "my president is black" was played on the loud system.
Last November, Oregon State took on George Washington University and the president and family went to watch the action.
The Obamas brought some good luck for Coach Robinson and the Beavers. They knocked off Howard 84-74.
– Tahman Bradley