WASHINGTON – The White House insists that the missing kiss was no diss. Sure, President Obama planted one on first lady Michelle Obama during Monday night’s exhibition game by the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team. But that was their second appearance on the Verizon Center “Kiss Cam.”
The first time the Obamas’ images flashed on the overhead scoreboard, Mrs. Obama was seen shaking her head “no.” But deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday this was not a marital brush-off. He said the couple didn’t realize it was the Kiss Cam watching them; they only found out during halftime, when their daughters asked why they had ducked the chance to smooch.
The president got a do-over when the Kiss Cam again swung his way. The crowd roared as he gave Mrs. Obama a big kiss on the lips and added a peck on the forehead.
“I can tell you based on a very good source that reports that the president was rebuffed are false,” Earnest said.