President and Michelle Obama applauded for "Kiss Cam" smooch at Verizon Center

(AP) WASHINGTON - Second chances can be rare in politics, but President Obama found the "Kiss Cam" and an impatient crowd to be just the right motivation.

(Watch the First Couple's kiss in the video to the left.)

Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, were taking in Monday night's USA Basketball exhibition game in Washington when the Verizon Center's "Kiss Cam" turned its eye their way. Their image on the huge arena screen prompted the crowd to cheer — a not-so-subtle hint that Mr. Obama plant one on the first lady.

President Obama and his wife
President Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, are seen on the Verizon Center's Kiss Cam in Washington, July 16, 2012.

Both smiled, but Mr. Obama just put his arm around his wife as the game resumed. That cautious reaction brought some boos.

The president got a do-over later in the game when the Kiss Cam swung back his way. This time he delivered, giving Mrs. Obama a big kiss on the lips. And a peck on the forehead for good measure.

And the crowd roared.

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