According to my husband, one of the most “liked” photos on Facebook is a recent post-election picture of a hugging Barack & Michelle Obama. This calls to mind another image–one of the same couple caught on the “kiss cam” at a USA exhibition basketball game. Although the couple eventually smooched, this happened only after Obama initially failed to kiss his wife the first time the camera focused on them, resulting in playful “boos” from the crowd.
I found an article that throws out some possible reasons Obama “flubbed” that initial kiss. Was it because the moment wasn’t pre-planned by a focus group during an election year? Because Obama didn’t realize what a “kiss cam” was? Or because Obama was simply being clueless in the affection department? After all, according to Peter Grier, the article’s author, “When you’ve been a husband as long as he has, candlelit dinners mean the power’s out. A weed whacker might seem a perfectly appropriate anniversary gift.”
No kidding, right? I’m willing to bet romance authors and readers have received their fair share of flubbed “romantic” gifts and gestures. (I’m still a bit baffled by the box of miniature Tabasco sauce bottles I got one Christmas…)
No matter the reason for Obama’s initial hesitation, and no matter one’s political views, I think it’s obvious the first couple is close. Doesn’t mean their relationship is any more perfect than yours or mine, but as is the case with a certain William and Kate’s, it warms the heart to think that even presidents and princes can be brought to their knees by love.
So what slightly (or completely) off-the-mark romantic gift or gesture have you received that makes you shake your head even as you smile?