Obama Booed for Kiss Cam Whiff

But he gets the girl in the end

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 17, 2012 6:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – If other presidents have gotten into hot water for macking on women they shouldn't, President Obama got jeered last night for failing to smooch his own first lady. The Obamas were watching the US men's basketball team play an exhibition game against Brazil in DC, when the never-so-clever operators of the dreaded Kiss Cam aimed their pink-hued lenses the couple's way. The result is what the New York Daily News calls "an airball."

Obama got another chance in the second half, and this time delivered, to cheers of "four more years," notes USA Today. Perhaps most embarrassed by the whole fiasco? Malia Obama, sitting to her dad's left. But the players didn't seem to mind the attention-stealing moment: "You know, PDA is not for everybody, you know what I mean?" Kobe Bryant said. "But he makes the important decisions, so it's all good."

President Obama kisses Michelle Obama for the 'Kiss Cam' at the Olympic men's exhibition basketball game between Team USA and Brazil, Monday, July 16, 2012.
President Obama kisses Michelle Obama for the 'Kiss Cam' at the Olympic men's exhibition basketball game between Team USA and Brazil, Monday, July 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama look up at themselves on the Kiss Cam in the first half of Team USA vs. Brazil.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama look up at themselves on the "Kiss Cam" in the first half of Team USA vs. Brazil.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Obama and Michelle Obama look up at themselves on the Kiss Cam in an Olympic men's exhibition basketball game Monday, July 16, 2012.
President Obama and Michelle Obama look up at themselves on the Kiss Cam in an Olympic men's exhibition basketball game Monday, July 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Obama and Michelle Obama on the ''Kiss Cam at the Olympic basketball exhibition game between Team USA and Brazil, Monday, July 16, 2012.
President Obama and Michelle Obama on the ''Kiss Cam" at the Olympic basketball exhibition game between Team USA and Brazil, Monday, July 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
This photo combination shows President Obama kissing Michelle Obama on the Kiss Cam.
This photo combination shows President Obama kissing Michelle Obama on the "Kiss Cam."   (AP Photos/Alex Brandon)
The vile Kiss Cam operators finally let the man get back to his beer.
The vile Kiss Cam operators finally let the man get back to his beer.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Most embarrassed by the whole thing: Malia Obama.
Most embarrassed by the whole thing: Malia Obama.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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