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Holder to Have Surgery for Cracked Tooth

By Ed O'Keefe

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has canceled a scheduled appearance today at the Aspen Ideas Festival due to a cracked tooth, according to Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller. The attorney general was scheduled to appear at the forum today for an interview with CBS newsman Bob Schieffer.

Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Photo by Getty)

An oral surgeon will remove the cracked tooth today, according to Miller. Holder cracked it last night and went to see his dentist this morning, who ordered the tooth's removal. Miller did not know which tooth was impacted or how the incident occurred, but did say Holder was in Washington last night when it happened.

For those of you keeping score, Holder is the third major Obama administration official, or nominee, to suffer personal injury in recent weeks. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor slipped and broke her right ankle in early June at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled a trip to Russia next week with President Obama after falling and breaking her right elbow on June 18 while leaving the State Department.

Holder, for his part, could be a victim of bruxism, or teeth grinding, "an affliction common among Type A people who move to Washington for stressful jobs," according to a Post article from last year.

The annual Aspen pow-wow attracts academic, artistic, business and political leaders. In Holder's absence, guests can instead enjoy discussions today about "The Science of Being Human," "Innovations in Education," "Living Digitally" and "The Middle East."

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 2, 2009; 12:18 PM ET
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