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.