Attorney General cracks tooth, misses trip to Aspen

July 2, 2009

Must be playing all that hardball by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Attorney General Eric Holder becomes the second Cabinet official to miss travel after breaking something. FINANCIAL/HOLDER

Holder, the country’s top law enforcement official, cracked a tooth last night and missed a trip to Aspen, Colorado, where he had been scheduled to attend the “Aspen Ideas Festival” on the eve of a long weekend for the Fourth of July holiday.

His injury follows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton breaking her right elbow two weeks ago and she is missing a trip to Moscow with Obama next week.

After cracking the tooth last night, Holder went to the dentist this morning and was ordered to have emergency oral surgery to immediately remove the offender from his pearly whites.

A Justice Department spokesman said because of the surgery, Holder was prohibited from flying for four or five days. No word yet on which tooth or how he cracked it — only that it hurt.

UPDATE JUST IN: Attorney General’s molar was removed in a 75-minute procedure (OUCH!) “He’s resting comfortably and I don’t think he’s outside doing yardwork,” a Justice Department spokesman said.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas (Holder at a congressional hearing in April)

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Cute! Perhaps it was a bad crack. From the looks of the speaking lineup at the “Aspen Ideas Festival,” perhaps Holder will hardly be missed.

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