Say it ain’t so: The Obamas get booed for dissing the Kiss Cam

posted at 9:21 am on July 17, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

The last time I was at a basketball game, I wondered to myself, “What kind of person doesn’t kiss for the Kiss Cam? Give the people what they want!” It’s a bit of harmless fun that makes everyone in the arena happy that we can cajole even the shyest among us into a little friendly smooch or full-on PDA. It’s peer pressure for a good cause.

Turns out the Obamas are those kind of people. I would not have guessed the guy who now jumps at every possible chance to be Crooner-in-Chief would get all timid, here. According to the pool report, the POTUS and FLOTUS were booed when they wouldn’t lip-lock on demand at the USA vs. Brazil men’s basketball game at the Verizon Center in D.C. Monday. As they should have been. We respect the office, but we treasure more our freedom to heckle even the highest office holders when they’re going all buzz kill at our sporting events.

The populist can’t pucker up? He’s normally so good at giving each audience exactly what it wants at the moment it wants it. What’s next? Sullenly sitting during The Wave? Observing the 7th-inning Supinity?

Turns out the president and his wife got a second chance, and delivered. They also made sure the press was present for it. As Zeke Miller of Buzzfeed caught in the press pool report, the press was sitting outside the Verizon Center in vans during much of the game, but were brought back in and given a clear view of the Obamas for their second shot at the Kiss Cam. Because nothing’s sexier than a second try at spontaneity. I wonder which moment will get more coverage.

Photos of both the diss and the delivery are at the link, along with the press pool reports.

As if that weren’t enough, there’s this tidbit buried inside the story on the USA women’s team’s rout of Brazil. They played before the men’s team, but to fewer famous audience members:

The team met with President Obama in the locker room after the game. He arrived after the game had ended, just before the men’s game.

I see how it is. War on women.

As for the actual games, both men’s and women’s teams won handily, but not without some sloppy play. The men’s team trailed Brazil by 10 in the first half. Safe to say there’s some gelling to do before London. The Romneys have some time to get their game together, too, before they make an appearance at the opening ceremony of the Olympics next week. Start smooching!

Update: From steebo77 in comments, “I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough whoopie.” Ha.

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He should be getting booed for attending the game while the rest of the country is suffering through his horrible policy decisions.

ButterflyDragon on July 17, 2012 at 9:23 AM

…can you blame him?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

What’s next? Sullenly sitting during The Wave?

That I’d actually respect him for. The Wave is stupid.

rbj on July 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

…he’s used to kissing from behind (:->)

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Can’t say as I blame them. Would YOU want to kiss either one?

LegendHasIt on July 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

What I really want to say is inappropriate….so I won’t say it.
But you can think it!

herm2416 on July 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

He didn’t want to piss off Reggie Love and Kal Penn

beedubya on July 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

…he’s used to kissing from behind (:->)

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Okay, yours is better. I wanted to say first hetero kiss.

herm2416 on July 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

“The walls are very thin” – Biden

Electrongod on July 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

“I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough whoopie.”

steebo77 on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

“I think when you spread the love around, it’s good for everybody.”

steebo77 on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

What’s next? Sullenly sitting during The Wave? Observing the 7th-inning Supinity?

We loves ya, Mary K!

itsnotaboutme on July 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Slow news morning, I take it…

changer1701 on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

“I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough whoopie.”

steebo77 on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

“Somebody Else Made That Happen”

Electrongod on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I want to see them packing their bags and leaving the WH, not kissing.

Anyway, nice to see him worrying about jobs day and night as he professes to have done for the last 3.5 years…… oh, right…. he meant his job.

Cody1991 on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Love that COMMIE CAM!

Pork-Chop on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

“If You’ve Been To First Base, You Didn’t Get There On Your Own”

dirtseller on July 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Press pool
sounds a lot like
Cess pool
yep, sure does……..

angrymike on July 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I wonder what they did during the star spangled banner.

newportmike on July 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Which team was he rooting for?

dentalque on July 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Anyway, nice to see him worrying about jobs day and night as he professes to have done for the last 3.5 years…… oh, right…. he meant his job.

Cody1991 on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

…JugEars is focused like a laser!
…you think he dropped Mooch off and went golfing after?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Watch those two swap spit? I’d rather set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.

kingsjester on July 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Someone remind why anyone ever thought a guy this socially inept was so cool.

Mahna Mahna on July 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

“If You’ve Been To First Base, You Didn’t Get There On Your Own”

dirtseller on July 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I guess “Solo” has a different meaning today.

I have been to Virginia though.

Electrongod on July 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Bow wow. Woof woof woof.

OT: Give yourself a treat and watch Imus make Sally Kohn look like the clown she actually is.

petefrt on July 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Obama booed: it’s the little moments you cherish.

Meric1837 on July 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

For those of you keeping track at home, that’s:

Fri: Fundraiser
Sat: Fundraiser
Sun: Round of Golf
Mon: Basketball Game

Clearly, his number one priority is jobs.

blammm on July 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I wonder what they did during the star spangled banner.

newportmike on July 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

“All that for a flag”

Cleombrotus on July 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Our first Gay President was reluctant to smooch his mooch in public….and was booed by usually adoring crowds?

this is a shocking development

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

The team met with President Obama in the locker room after the game. He arrived after the game had ended, just before the men’s game.

Barry has his priorities.

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Koolaid2 winner!

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 AM

There are some who think he might have teh ghey.

Greek Fire on July 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

ARRRRGH! Doesn’t this man have any WORK to do? ON second thought, the less he does, the better off the rest of us are.

Mini-14 on July 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I wonder what they did during the star spangled banner.

newportmike on July 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Blamed Bush?

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

What happended here? Did some POTUS handler convince the Kiss Cam to give them a second shot, this time with the press pool in full combat mode with cameras pointed?

Everything this man does is staged. Reagan was an actor who became President. Obama is just acting as the President.

BobMbx on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

but we treasure more our freedom to heckle even the highest office holders when they’re going all buzz kill at our sporting events.

President Buzz Kill…?

JohnGalt23 on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

don’t want to kiss wife
she reminds him of bigfoot
he likes men intead

search4truth on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Watch those two swap spit? I’d rather set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.

kingsjester on July 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Snort!

Naturally Curly on July 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

“I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough whoopie.”

steebo77 on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

“Somebody Else Made That Happen”

Electrongod on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Bravo! And thanks for the double laugh of the morning.
Before you know it, someone will accuse him of being a sitzpinkler.

vityas on July 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Larry Sinclair couldn’t be reached for comment.

50sGuy on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Who’s to say they weren’t booing for completely other reasons? Maybe dumb America is starting to catch on.

stukinIL4now on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

barack obama. what a heterosexual romeo. mmmmm mmmmm mmmmmmm.

GhoulAid on July 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Doesn’t this man have any WORK to do?

Mini-14 on July 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Sure! The usual:

Tuesday’s Obama Schedule
9:00 am ET || Departs White House
11:30 am CT || Arrives San Antonio
1:00 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio
2:30 pm CT || Attends a fundraiser; private residence, San Antonio
3:50 pm CT || Departs San Antonio
4:25 pm CT || Arrives Austin
5:50 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Austin Music Hall
7:55 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser, private residence
9:10 pm CT || Departs Austin
1:20 am ET || Arrives White House

The message from BO is, “Shut up, suckers, and enjoy your tax credits…… if you have a job! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha…..”

Cody1991 on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Utube yanked Romney’s Obama singing to donors ad

“Mitt Romney’s new web video, featuring audio of President Obama singing a few lines from Al Green’s, “Let’s Stay Together,” has been pulled down from YouTube via a copyright claim of BMG Rights Management.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/16/youtube-yanks-romney-web-ad-over-al-green-song/#ixzz20t5QRLK9

Guess that struck a nerve

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM

What happended here? Did some POTUS handler convince the Kiss Cam to give them a second shot, this time with the press pool in full combat mode with cameras pointed?

Everything this man does is staged. Reagan was an actor who became President. Obama is just acting as the President.

BobMbx on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Exactly. I have never seen the kiss cam twice in one game. His handlers probably believe that no one will remember the first kiss cam snub.

cobrakai99 on July 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

barack obama. what a heterosexual romeo. mmmmm mmmmm mmmmmmm.

GhoulAid on July 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

eyes wide shut

*snicker*

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I need to throw up.

crosshugger on July 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Larry Sinclair couldn’t be reached for comment.

50sGuy on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Reggie Love was unavailable for comment as well

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Excellent linky petefrt

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I wonder what they did during the star spangled banner.

newportmike on July 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

“All this for a DAMN flag.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJgWMI0hch8

Cleombrotus on July 17, 2012 at 9:52 AM

the POTUS and FLOTUS were booed when they wouldn’t lip-lock on demand

maybe they wanted the fans to throw them all their wedding gifts and sign up on their bridal registry?……

/conditions.

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Michelle: “If I do the kiss, will he turn into a lobster cake?”
Barry: “If I do the kiss, will it turn into an actual male?”

Archivarix on July 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Maybe Obama would have been better off just turning around, dropping his pants, bending over, sticking his rear end at the camera and telling America to kiss this!

After all, this is what he has been telling the country since he was elected!

pilamaye on July 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

The Bush 1 family attends many Astro games and I have seen them kiss for the cam gladly.They got a roaring ovation.

docflash on July 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

in other news…Palin monster thread still going strong

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 9:55 AM

The only thing that gets you off the hook in this situation is when the girl points at the guy and mouths “HE’S MY BROTHER!” anything else is boo worthy.
BTW, how does somebody as cool and worldly as this guy not know Kiss Cam protocol? 2nd chance, really?

tj4osu on July 17, 2012 at 9:56 AM

When you are in the press pool and you let WH handlers herd you in and out of a van, then bring you in to see the Obamas kiss, don’t you hate yourself a little?

MayBee on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I think we can all empathize with the president on this one.

EddieC on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I suspect that the boos for “not kissing” were lukewarm; the
loud forceful boos were because he is he worst president in the history of the country.

Amjean on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Who’s to say they weren’t booing for completely other reasons? Maybe dumb America is starting to catch on.

stukinIL4now on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I’d say it’s entirely likely they were being booed for other reasons.
Likeable my ***.

Right Mover on July 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM

BTW, how does somebody as cool and worldly as this guy not know Kiss Cam protocol? 2nd chance, really?

tj4osu on July 17, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Kiss cam is an American tradition. that is why. thank you, and good night!

GhoulAid on July 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Obama would gladly kiss his Free Market developed Teleprompter though..

Electrongod on July 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I hate the Kiss Cam as much as I do “the Wave”.

I’m there to watch the damn game. The Kiss Cam is womanly.

NoDonkey on July 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I wonder what they did during the star spangled banner.

newportmike on July 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Amazing he didn’t whip out an EO to cancel it… don’t want to offend Brazil, now.
/

VietVet_Dave on July 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Had to do it the second time because the press will just have to report on just how in luuuuuuuuuuuuuvvvv they are.

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

crazy_legs on July 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM

At Oakland games they have an “assault cam”.

EddieC on July 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Obama is so out of touch, he didn’t have a clue what a Kiss Cam was. Obamas live a rarified existence and don’t often mix with the great unwashed.

Once the quaint custom was explained to him, he was able to appease the masses by staging a smooch. Makes sense to me.

marybel on July 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Nah. If he was on the outs with his wife at the moment, I can imagine that would get awkward. Worse than no kiss is an obviously perfunctory one.

No husband bats a thousand. Let the guy be.

Attack him for his cluelessness. That’s where it’ll stick.

Prufrock on July 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

At Oakland games they have an “assault cam”.

EddieC on July 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM

LOL

Prufrock on July 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I was at a game once and as the couple on the kiss cam were kissing, the guy puts his hand down the girl’s blouse. The crowd went wild, of course, as the cameraman quickly panned away. The girl was hot, too, and, ahem, well endowed.

TXUS on July 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I wouldn’t kiss my wife for some stupid “Kiss Cam”. We aren’t performing monkeys for an audience. At least tap on your plate with a dinner fork.

swinia sutki on July 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM

…can you blame him?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

oh FU KOOLAME! Leave Michele out of this. If that’s the case, then Ann Romney is no hot potato either…age does not go well with her neck, she should work out too for all the sagging skin…blah, blah,blah.

I respect both women for being who they are on their own, and staying in this while your husband gets murdered in the game of politics. Just leave them out!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I bet Uncle Jim who watches Fox News would have kissed Michelle, the first time.

Knott Buyinit on July 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I was at a Marlins game with my secretary when they started the Smooch Cam.

I thought, “Uh-oh,” and moved to another row.

SWLiP on July 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Michelle: “If I do the kiss, will he turn into a lobster cake?”

Archivarix on July 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Michelle’s got a problem.

This week, the lobstermen up in Maine are taking the entire week off. Price of lobster has dropped to $1.25 a pound at the docks.

They can’t make any money.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

And the hits keep on coming…O’bama gets booed for naming his favorite Girl Scout Cookie

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

We sure knew it wasn’t going to be the Trefoils!

/gs cookies are racist

VietVet_Dave on July 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

They can’t make any money.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Oversupply or lack of demand?

swinia sutki on July 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

And the hits keep on coming…O’bama gets booed for naming his favorite Girl Scout Cookie

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Given his track record this mean the death of thin mints

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM

…WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT GO AFTER KIDS (IE: SARAH PALINS KIDS!)…FO yourself dweb…GO Reincarnate YOURSELF…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Given his track record this mean the death of thin mints

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Thin Mints were not successful without me.
/bho

VietVet_Dave on July 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

The populist can’t pucker up? He’s normally so good at giving each audience exactly what it wants at the moment it wants it. What’s next? Sullenly sitting during The Wave? Observing the 7th-inning Supinity?

MKH, many major league teams have followed the post-9/11 lead of the Yankees, and now play “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch, to go along with the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”. Obama not participating in that would be no shock at all.

jon1979 on July 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Michele Obama attacked the Palin kids? Which one? The reality TV star?….NOW I’M F’N PISSED!!! You got a point!!/

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I’m surprised Obama didn’t pull out his pocket mirror and kissed himself.

Cherokee on July 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

If someone would have had a mirror, then he would have kissed himself the first time.

Hummer53 on July 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Michelle’s got a problem.

This week, the lobstermen up in Maine are taking the entire week off. Price of lobster has dropped to $1.25 a pound at the docks.

They can’t make any money.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Will there be a problem to deliver French lobsters? I am sure AF1′s speed can ensure that they stay fresh.

Archivarix on July 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

…you know what’s going on little surrogate!…just be an azz, act stupid and sit there and piss your panties…

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Anybody notice that Malia says “C’mon Dad”, before Obummer finally kisses his wife?

You know what teenagers do when they see their parents kiss regularly? Roll their eyes, cross their arms and look away.

I find that very telling.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Kiss cam… MK Ham…

A man can dream… oh yes… a man can dream…

Khun Joe on July 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Probably didn’t want to make Reggie jealous….

TeresainFortWorth on July 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Can anyone say “marriage of convenience”?

BKeyser on July 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Also, I’m so glad you’re here, Mary Katherine! A sign of a great writer: you can “hear” the person’s voice in their writing. Yours comes through loud a strong. :-)

Grace_is_sufficient on July 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM

He needed a mulligan on this too?

Left Coast Right Mind on July 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

This week, the lobstermen up in Maine are taking the entire week off. Price of lobster has dropped to $1.25 a pound at the docks.

They can’t make any money.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Will there be a problem to deliver French lobsters? I am sure AF1′s speed can ensure that they stay fresh.

Archivarix on July 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Well, there are probably enough surplus ones on hand in Maine to last the week. They store them in huge sea water lobster pounds. Some of those can hold several hundred thousand lobs.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Now, if Obowma were with some campaign donors…..X rated video.

dthorny on July 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

They can’t make any money.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Oversupply or lack of demand?

swinia sutki on July 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Oversupply due to the early spring up here, and it’s been an unusually hot and dry summer for northern New England.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

For those of you keeping track at home, that’s:

Fri: Fundraiser
Sat: Fundraiser
Sun: Round of Golf
Mon: Basketball Game

Clearly, his number one priority is jobs.

blammm on July 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

He is “focused like a lazer”!!!

Or something.

Gunlock Bill on July 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The Secret Service warned them that the number of people that might begin to projectile vomit could cause a dangerous stampede out of the venue.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Obama should be booed everywhere he goes for the mess he’s created in this country.

jqc1970 on July 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

…he’s used to BEING kissed from behind (:->)

FIFY

katablog.com on July 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

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