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Obama missing missus kiss 'no diss'

The White House insists that the missing kiss was no diss.

US president Barack Obama did plant one on first lady Michelle Obama during an exhibition game by the US Olympic men's basketball team in Washington on Monday.

But this was their second appearance on the Verizon Centre arena's "Kiss Cam".

The camera focuses on couples in the crowd and they are expected to kiss.

The first time the Obamas' images flashed on the overhead scoreboard, Mrs Obama was seen shaking her head, and saying "no".

However, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said this was not a marital brush-off.

He said the couple did not realise it was the Kiss Cam watching them; they only found this out during the half-time interval, when their daughters asked why they had ducked the chance to smooch.

The president got a second chance later in the game when the Kiss Cam again swung his way. This time, he gave Mrs Obama a big kiss on the lips, and added a peck on the forehead for good measure. The crowd roared.

"This incident was the subject of some high-level conversations on the helicopter en route to Andrews Air Force Base this morning," said Mr Earnest, briefing reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a day of campaigning in Texas.

"I can tell you based on a very good source that reports that the president was rebuffed are false," Mr Earnest said.

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