08 Feb 2023, 14:46

'Smooch of the Union': US first lady steals show with wayward kiss

  WASHINGTON, Feb 8, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - Did they, or didn't they?

For a surreal moment -- just as Joe Biden prepared to deliver his State of
the Union speech -- his wife Jill Biden stole the show by appearing to plant
a kiss smack on the lips of the vice president's husband.

It happened in a heartbeat: after sweeping into Congress to cheers, the first
lady made her way over to the second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, and clasped his

Then, in a moment destined to go viral, they leaned in for a friendly embrace
-- but at least one of them appears to have miscalculated and the result was
a kiss either on, or very, very close, to the lips.

"Smooch of the Union," teased the New York Post tabloid -- zooming in on
photos of what it declared without a doubt to have been a kiss on the mouth.

Other close-ups of the embrace seemed to show Biden's kiss landing just to
one side of Kamala Harris's husband's mouth.

But Fox News -- a frequent critic of Biden's administration -- pounced on the
apparent slip-up without the shadow of a doubt.

And Donald Trump's former advisor Kellyanne Conway shared a picture of the
smooch with similar delight, quipping: "Wow, Covid really is over."

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