It was a dream moment for any politician. There was the first couple in the seats of the Washington's basketball arena, the Verizon Centre, watching an exhibition match between Brazil and the US Olympics squad when the Kiss Cam swung by.
That's when couples are meant to exchange a smooch for all to see on the big screens above (David and Victoria Beckham duly obliged when the camera turned on them during a basketball game in Los Angeles earlier this year).
But Barack Obama flunked, merely giving Michelle a squeeze. Jeers and boos ensued. But presidents get second chances. Soon the Kiss Cam made a repeat pass and Mr Obama nailed it, giving Michelle a smacker on the lips.