m7One thing that stands out about US President Barack Obama is his niche for cracking jokes and portraying an easy going nature. That was the case when he recently met Uganda President Yoweri Museveni.

Upon his arrival at the UN Headquarters for the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, @POTUS shook hands with heads of states who had lined up to meet him as is custom. His brief moment with the Ugandan Head of State however caused quite the stir on social media.

The two shared a light moment after Museveni used his left hand to greet Obama as his right hand was bandaged.

“…someone made you mad and you took a punch at him?” Barack Obama asks president Museveni after seeing the bandaged right hand.

Museveni who didn’t seem ready for a chat brushed it off saying, “It was just an accident.” 

Later, Museveni through his communications team released a statement explaining what happened to his hand.

“When I was going to Japan, while in a hurry, I strongly hit my right hand against the door of the car. The doctor applied some anti-inflammation gel when there was some swelling. We did not concentrate on it because it did not hurt but remained slightly discomforting.

When later an x-ray was done, it was discovered that there was a small spiral fracture on the metacarpal bone of the right last finger (akahara) which is being managed conservatively. It is not painful except when direct pressure is applied on it.That is why I use the left hand to greet. Managing conservatively means using a bandage for two weeks.”

Here’s the video