President Praises Student Who Put Off Having Broken Wrist Set In Order To Attend Speech

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 27, 2012 | 10:58 AM EDT

Pres. Obama commended a student who put off having his broken wrist set for two days in a speech at Ohio's Bowling Green University yesterday.

After being introduced, Obama asked the audience to applaud the student who broke his wrist playing Ultimate Frisbee the day before, but didn’t go to the doctor to have the broken bone set because he didn’t want to miss Obama’s speech:

“Hello, Falcons! Thank you so much. Thank you. Now, let me begin by asking everybody to give Seth a big round of applause for that great introduction. I was backstage and I had trouble hearing -- did he explain what was going on with his arm? So Seth was playing, I think -- ultimate Frisbee, that’s what it was. He was playing ultimate Frisbee. He went up -- he was going to make this amazing touchdown, and he had the Frisbee and somebody cut him under his legs, cut out from under him. It is clear replacement refs were in the game.

“He broke his wrist. He was supposed to get it set yesterday but he didn’t want to miss this. So when he came up here, his wrist was not yet set, and he’s going to have to go to the hospital afterwards to get his wrist set.”

Obama then concluded that, if the student could attend his speech with a broken wrist, there is “no excuse” for Bowling Green students not to vote since they can “play through” their injuries:

“Now, I just want to make the point that if Seth can come up here with a broken wrist, then there is not a student here who cannot get registered and make sure they go to vote. No excuses. No excuses. You got to play through injuries, Falcons."

According to a Lance Armstrong Foundation health information website, waiting too long to get care for a broken wrist can cause permanent loss of hand and finger functionality and lead to arthritis.

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