Baller in Chief Sends Off US Hoops Teams

Loose Ball: President Obama showed up to inspire the Olympic teams in their last games before they fly to the United Kingdom.

Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The appearance wasn’t without controversy. The arena’s “kiss cam” zoomed in on the Obamas in the first half, but the first couple seemed to ignore it, along with the crowd’s pleas for a smooch. That resulted in a smattering of boos. But the Obamas redeemed themselves in the second half, when the kiss cam returned and the president planted a long, wet one on his wife.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the couple didn’t realize what was happening the first time and only found out afterward. Earnest said reports that the president was “rebuffed” are false. Either way, the crowd was satisfied, chanting “Four more years!” as Obama exited with seconds left in the game.

If the president succeeds in November, he can inspire the 2016 basketball teams, too.

Deron Snyder’s Loose Ball column appears regularly on The Root. Follow him on Twitter and reach him at BlackDoor Ventures, Inc.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.