Cheering crowd and arena camera get Obamas to kiss

Cheering crowd and arena camera get Obamas to kiss

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US President Barack Obama kisses his wife, US First Lady Michelle Obama, beside daughter Malia (R during the Men's USA Basketball vs Brazil game at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, July 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 11:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a little booing to help the first couple overcome their shyness.

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, were taking in Monday night's USA Basketball exhibition game when the Verizon Center's "Kiss Cam" turned its eye their way. Their image on the huge arena screen prompted the crowd to cheer — a not-so-subtle hint that Obama plant one on the first lady.

Both smiled, but Obama just put his arm around his wife as the game resumed. That cautious reaction brought some boos.

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. And a peck on the forehead for good measure.

And the crowd roared.

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