WASHINGTON--For the record, President Barack Obama was NOT turned down at first by First Lady Michelle for a Kiss Cam smooch at a basketball game here, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
With a nudge from daughter Malia, when the Kiss Cam came around a second time at the Verizon Center, on Monday night, the First Couple shared a kiss.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest provided color and analyst in going over the game play on Air Force One, en route to Texas.
Earnest was asked about what some saw as an initial rejection from Mrs. Obama. Not the case, Earnest said. They just did not initially realize the Kiss Cam camera was on them.
"I will say that this incident was the subject of some high-level conversations on the helicopter en route to Andrew's Air Force Base this morning," Earnest said.
"I can tell you, based on a very good source, that reports the President was rebuffed are false. The President and First Lady enjoyed the basketball game yesterday.
"During the first half, they were sitting in the stands, noticed that their images were on the large screen, smiled, did not recognize that their images were on the screen in conjunction with the Kiss Cam. So it was not until halftime, when the President and First Lady saw their daughters and their daughters asked them why they didn't kiss during the Kiss Cam segment.
"They remarked that they did not recognize they were on the screen during the Kiss Cam segment, and so during act two of the Kiss Cam promotion, the President took advantage to steal a kiss from his wife."