July 28th, 2008
09:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama sees doctor for sore hip

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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Just back from an eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, Barack Obama went to see a doctor Sunday night at the University of Chicago Medical Center to examine a sore hip.

"His hip has been sore from basketball for a few weeks so he's going to see an orthopedic doctor," said senior adviser Robert Gibbs.

Obama works out almost every day and is an avid basketball player. The last time he played was shooting around with U.S. troops on a quick stop in Kuwait where he complained of hip pain.

UPDATE: Obama left the hospital less than an hour after entering, telling a pool reporter that he had some X-rays done because of a basketball injury but "It's all good." "I think I'm going to be good in about a week." He is back home and leaves Chicago Monday morning for a day of economic meetings in Washington.

When Obama visited Kuwait at the beginning of his international trip he told the troops, "Unfortunately I have a hip injury. You don't believe me, I was playing a couple weeks ago and I had a little twist up. So I'm not going to be able to play full ball with you guys. But I am going to take someone in a game of horse."

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soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. Ted


    MCCAIN 2008 HILLARY 2012

    July 28, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Hip problems at such a young age. Let's see all of OBAMA's health records. Bring back Hillary PLEASE!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. California Gold

    A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square I agree with you. songbird mccain (google) If his swift boat supporters want to go after Obama McCain better brace for real history he built to come back to haunt him. And he had the audacity to infer Obama is a traitor. Unbelievable. McCain is a discrace.

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. RSR

    I thought Obama's trip was to see how things are in Iraq and Afganistan. To talk to the Generals and troops. He spent less time there than people on vacation. And where does the importance of going to France, Germany & Britain come in? That had nothing to do with Iraq or Afganistan whatsoever. Just an oppurtunity to give a speech and LOOK Prsidental...what a joke. Obama doesn't care about America, He is for CHANGE...Yeah, change to World Governance, headed by the United Nations. A redistribution of America's wealth to poorer countries thru the UN. Obama wants a new world order where he will become its first King!!!
    Good Luck America...your gonna need it.

    July 28, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Michael

    He should see a doctor for his swollen ego and verbal incontinence.

    July 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |



    July 28, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Senator, take care of yourself and get some rest. America needs you. You did us proud on your world trip. It's great to be a Democrat! Birthday greetings a little early as well.

    Yellow Dog Democrat in Knoxville, TN

    July 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. MZ

    Maybe he got the bad hip from shifting his positions too frequently !!!!

    July 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. georgia

    James in Ohio: wanted to update you that it's already been reported that the "story" re:Sen O. supposedly snubbing servicemen is a lie started via e-mail by a Republican military person in the US mid-west ( not even the middle east). Those scared ReThugs. & their scared supporters are trying every trick in the book rather than a solid candidate !!!! Next !!!!
    Obama 08 !!!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Really

    Tomorrows Story: CNN reported that Barrack Obama had a hang nail. Actually it was a historic hang nail because it was the first time that a black Presidential nominee had one. The Obama camp stated that Barrack is in good spirits and he will make a major speech about the hang nail later today. I love how the media is trying to win this election by keeping Barrack in the lime light.

    July 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Tjaye in LA

    NOW they can stop calling him too young. Clearly, he is getting up in age.

    July 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Vig

    Oh please. Who cares.

    July 28, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. sarah

    odd. i thought all that walking on water was low impact exercise.

    July 28, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Olive Oil (a-guhg-guhg-gugh)

    Doctor will tell him to pick a position and lay off the flip flops.

    July 28, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Anne

    CNN Why do you print some of these totally stupid and ignorant comments? Can't you stick with comments that actually make sense and are literate? I want to read the comments of thinking people. Those who actually care about this country and what is good for it. Please chose the comments more carefully and not the ones you do, just to get an ignorant exchange going.

    July 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. AdamW

    Republiscams are funny. When it's one of theirs you people think everything is news. I remember when CNN and other stations though Bush clearing bushes and trees at his ranch was news.

    They tried to paint him as a regular guy who does yard work but they didn't show all of his ranch hands that this so called regular guy can afford to employ. Ridiculous.

    The fact is people like Obama. He sells news because people like him so CNN and other media outlets who are all about money are going to sell him. Get a clue. They do this for all interesting people. The other fact is McCain is not interesting. His tired old war stories are not relevant. He has no vision for the future because he lives in the past. The American people want a new future, new ideas...they don't need more tough guy talk about staying the course. The days of John Wayne are dead.

    July 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. John


    McCain is in better shape than Obama!


    July 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Sherry, Atlanta

    It's ironic that American's have critized the Media Coverage on President Obama. Was it not the American public that cried out "we don't know enough about Barack Obama". The media is giving you what you've asked for...WHAT'S THE PROBLEM NOW?

    July 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Lola

    If you think that Bush was not experience enough to lead this country, do not vote for Obama! He is just another version of George W. Bush who can bring disaster to this nation because the lack of experience and judgment!

    Hillary or McCain!

    July 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Freida, NYC

    That sounds like osteoarthritis of the hip to me. Wear and tear of the joints that occurs as we age. He may need hip replacement at some point. I wish him well!

    July 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Eric in Ca

    McCain should also see a doctor about his sore champaign! This election boils down to Historic vs. Pre-Historic – History vs. History either way you look at it McCain is History (the past) The future is with Obama

    July 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. empty vessel

    Some of you Obamabots are the stupidest sounding people I have ever heard, your remarks have no basis of truth or any facts.

    This empty vessel, hurt his hip dancing around any actual answers to questions.

    The fact is simpletons he LIED about visting the troops and HE GOT CAUGHT, but the media is allowing the story to dry up.

    McCain should keep pounding this home as Obama is just another socialist who HATES the military.

    No photo-op, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, I am not doing it then, uh, uh, uh, where's my teleprompter and my swooning media entourage to answer for me, uh, uh, uh.

    July 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |

    BWM – Not only is Lou Dobbs horrible – he has rubbed off on Kitty Pilgrim. She is as obnoxious as he is. They work overtime thinking of nasty things to say.

    Get some rest Mr. President.

    July 28, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |

    Is this important? CNN sometime you truly dissappoint me.

    July 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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