US President Barack Obama took a break from his election campaign on Monday night, but still managed to stir up the crowd at the exhibition game for the US basketball team. He became the focus of all limelight when he kissed his wife and First Lady Michelle Obama when the couple was being filmed on the Kiss Cam during an interval in the match between the American Olympic team and Brazil’s players.
The President was also accompanied Vice President Joe Biden who took their seats to chant of U-S-A as the loudspeakers blared Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA. 'Obviously the talent that we've got at this point is unbelievable.' said Obama during a halftime interview on ESPN 2. He also said that with the kind of talent present for the game there’s no reason that we shouldn’t bring home the gold.
It was clear that Obama relished the opportunity to wrap himself in the Olympic spirit four months before Election Day. On the other hand his political rival and Republican candidate Mitt Romney who helped turn around at the Salt Lake City after he was caught up in a bribery scandal, is anticipated to be in London for the opening ceremonies next week.
Michelle Obama will lead the US delegation to the opening ceremonies. After a quick ride to the Verizon Center from the White House, the president was greeted by the members of the US women’s basketball team after their victory against Brazil in the opening match.
The President and Michelle even appeared on ‘Kiss Cam’, the in-house video that spotlights kissing couples during a game break. During the first half the Obamas would not oblige despite roars and boos from the crowd, but in the fourth quarter when Kiss Cam peered back, the President was ready. He put his arms around his wife and kissed the First Lady as the crowd roared.