We all had a chuckle over Barack Obama’s fumbling of the “Kiss-Cam” at the Verizon Center in Washington DC last weekend, disappointing fans when the First Couple decided not to lip-lock on camera. After getting booed, the official story was that the Obamas’ daughter encouraged them to smooch when they suddenly got a second chance to make things right. The crowd cheered, of course.
But was that second chance just a lucky break for the President? Not according to New York Times reporter Peter Baker, reporting from the pool:
Not to be cynical, but press pool was out in motorcade ready to leave and then brought back into arena in time for successful kiss-cam redo.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) July 17, 2012
Obama apparently demanded a re-do just to get the press to report on the smooch, and to cover for his earlier gaffe.
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