Barack Obama, accompanied by the first lady, along with Malia, Joe Biden and former White House aide Reggie Love, attended an exhibition basketball game between the Brazilian and U.S. men's national teams at the Verizon Center last night. It was an opportunity to watch grown men other than Mitch McConnell and John Boehner try to block everything within reach.
But the situation turned politically perilous when the Barack and Michelle Obama were shown on the "Kiss Cam" and refused to smooch. A pool report confirmed that the couple "smiled," but "didn't kiss," the crowd booing in response. Quelle Horreur!
The president was given another chance on the Kiss Cam in the fourth quarter. This time, per the pool, "POTUS leaned in and kissed his wife. Cheers from crowd, cries of 'four more years' heard." Crisis averted, the jokes about how fortunate it was that, this time, David Cameron was not Obama's seatmate and guest of honor could now flow freely…but wait.
According to NY Times White House correspondent Peter Baker, the press pool was in the motorcade getting ready to leave the arena when they were brought back in, just in time to catch the second kiss. Does this mean that this moment of affection was not a spontaneous outburst of love but a cynical political maneuver?
There are so many questions. What did the camera operator know and when did he know it? Is he going to be our new ambassador to France as payback for his role in this do-over conspiracy? Can we really trust a president who would mislead us via the most genuinely American of media, a gimmicky camera that broadcasts couples forced into public displays of affection to thousands of people in a basketball arena?
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