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Obama Tickle Fight: President Admits Breaking Friend's Arm During Childhood In Indonesia (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 05/23/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:55 PM ET

President Barack Obama has been accused of starting a tickle fight and breaking a friend's arm. Questioned about the incident during a television interview, the president neither confirmed nor denied the tickling but admitted he caused the injury.

Don't expect any Eric Massa-like repercussions from these revelations. Obama couldn't have been more than 10 years old when it happened.

"You tickled the guy?" asked Putra Nababan of Indonesia's RCTI.

Obama appeared to dodge the question.

"He said you tickled him. You tickled him from the back," pressed Nababan.

"Please tell him that I apologize for that," said the president. "I felt so bad. I remember feeling terrible."

Nababan indicated the friend was OK, and continued with the light-hearted interview. Obama also denied teasing females to get their attention, though he cracked a smile as he answered the question.

Obama was supposed to visit Indonesia recently but canceled the trip to focus on health care reform. The president spent several years of his childhood there and has said that he's looking forward to the rescheduled trip in June. In the meantime, he was able to share a few laughs and some of his favorite memories with Nababan.

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