It wasn’t just the Brazilians rejected on Monday night in Washington.
President Barack Obama and the first lady watched courtside as the men’s Olympic basketball team beat Brazil 80-69 in an exhibition game.
Perhaps it was a Republican camera operator with a sense of humor – or maybe a Democrat trying for a big assist – but the couple suddenly appeared on the Jumbotron inside the kiss cam at Verizon Center.
Video of the event posted on YouTube shows the president putting his arm around the first lady, and Michelle ever so subtly shaking her head, no.
Then again, maybe the president shied away from the public display of affection, it was difficult to decipher.
Either way, the crowd went wild … with boos, Yahoo! News reported.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was outraged.
The drama wasn’t finished there, however.
Later in the game, the kiss cam again found Barack and Michelle, and this time the president smooches his wife to the delight of the crowd, CBS News said.
Sensing the potential PR disaster, the White House returned the pool reporter (who had left the game) following the president back into the arena to witness the kiss.
Wolf was much happier.
It was a good night for American men in Washington to rebound.
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Brazil jumped out to a 10-point lead only to watch LeBron James score 30 to lead the comeback, The Associated Press reported.
The US men’s team leaves Tuesday for London.
Incidentally, the president weighed in on another heated national debate at the game.
LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant made headlines recently when he said this year’s Olympic squad could beat the famed 1992 Dream Team that won gold in Barcelona.
That was the first squad with NBA players competing together at the Games.
“I think someone else put it pretty well tonight,” President Obama told the Washington Post. “The Dream Team was never down eight.”
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