Second chances can be rare in politics, butPresident Barack Obama found Kiss Cam and an impatient crowd to be just the right motivation.
President Barack Obama arrived courtside Monday night to loud cheers and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” as he took his seat to watch an exhibition basketball game between the Brazilian and U.S. men’s national teams, reports The Huff Post.
The first couple was accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and former White House aide Reggie Love at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital, according to White House pool reports. Some audience members later spotted another member of the presidential party.
Then Barack Obama and his wife were pressured into kissing for the cameras at a basketball when their daughter Malia pointed out to her parents that they were on the ‘kiss cam,’ according to The Telegraph.
The president “smiled,” but “didn’t kiss” Michelle Obama when the couple were caught on the arena’s giant Kiss Cam screens. The crowd booed in response.
Obama got a do-over later in the game when the Kiss Cam swung back his way. This time he delivered, giving Mrs. Obama a big kiss on the lips. The crowd cheered and clapped in response.
The crowd also shouted, “Four more years!”
The president greeted American women’s national team members after they defeated Brazil 99-67 earlier in the evening. President was sporting a dark blue Under Armour zip-up and Michelle Obama wore a navy blue sleeveless dress.
“Work up a sweat, ladies?” Obama asked before reminding the players that the U.S. “could not prouder” of their athletic achievements.
During a halftime interview on ESPN 2, Obama said “there’s no reason” the U.S. should not “bring home the gold” at the Summer Olympics in London later this month.