Happy Presidents’ Day! Awkward Obama Kisses: Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton & More (PHOTOS)
During a three-day trip to Asia, the president kissed Aung Sang Suu Kyi and appeared to flirt with Thailand’s prime minister. From Aretha Franklin to Angela Merkel, see who’s been on the receiving end of an Obama smooch.
President Obama certainly has a way with the ladies—whether they be world leaders, American politicians, or even celebrities. He
sings Al Green. And he’s got some pretty smooth dance moves. So it’s no surprise that Obama is also the smoocher-in-chief. From Aung San Suu Kyi to Aretha Franklin and Hillary Clinton, check out who’s gotten up close and personal with the president. Elizabeth Warren
Sometimes a senator would prefer a high-five or a handshake, but President Obama goes for a full-on smooch as he leans in to plant one on Sen.
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Jill Biden
One can hardly argue that Obama isn’t a dutiful husband. But he sure seems to get a lot of lip action with ladies who aren’t his wife. Although these up-close-and-personal greetings come with the territory, like this puckered hello with Jill Biden, it’s safe to say Michelle keeps a close eye on her hubby—a very close eye.
Barbara Walton / EPA / Landov Aung Sang Suu Kyi
During a trip to Burma,
Obama met with Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the opposition leader who was under house arrest for two decades for advocating democratic political reforms. And it looks like the president was excited to be with the petite Suu Kyi, who has become a powerful symbol of perseverance in the face of oppression. To show his gratitude, he leaned in, gave her a hug, and laid a big one on her cheek.
Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images Yingluck Shinawatra
Suu Kyi wasn’t the only one on the receiving end of some
Obama charm during the president’s three-day trip to Asia. Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s prime minister, hosted the president at a state dinner on Sunday. Throughout the meal, the pair were seen smiling at each other, sharing jokes, and exchanging little glances. Charles Dharapak / AP Photo Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel is a no-nonsense politician who drives a hard bargain on bailing out members of the European Union. But even she has a soft spot for Obama. They’ve worked together to try to bring the global economy out of the economic doldrums, and the president wasn’t shy about expressing his affection for her during a G-8 summit meeting in May 2012. Charles Dharapak / AP Photo Julia Gillard
Both Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard were born in 1961. They send each other birthday cards and always have the nicest things to say about each other. So that
warm relationship explains their affectionate peck on the cheek during a joint appearance at a military base in Darwin, Australia, last November. Hillary Clinton
For most of the 2008 primary season, Obama and
Hillary Clinton could hardly stand to be in the same room together, let alone think about being affectionate. But once it became clear that Obama would win the Democratic presidential nomination, the pair buried the hatchet and worked together to beat Republican rival John McCain. At a June 2008 campaign stop in Unity, N.H., Clinton called on her supporters to get behind the senator from Illinois, and the two exchanged a kiss on the cheek as the ultimate show of unity. It might have looked a little stilted, but Obama and Clinton eventually became great allies—and she became his secretary of State. Saul Loef / AFP / Getty Images Nancy Pelosi
Together they navigated a political firestorm and pushed the Affordable Care Act through Congress to make it the law of the land. So it’s not surprising that the first female speaker of the House and the president have some fondness for each other. Obama put that affection
on display during a February prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin performed at Obama’s first inauguration and has been a big supporter of the president, attending fundraisers and singing for crowds waiting to hear him speak. And in return, she gets some R-E-S-P-E-C-T from Obama. The Queen of Soul performed at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall and
shared an intimate moment with Obama, getting a kiss and a squeeze from him. Tim Sloan / AFP / Getty Images Maya Angelou
On February 15, 2011, Obama
awarded poet Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House. Not only did she get the medal that day, she also got a big smooch from the president. Pete Souza / The White House / Getty Images Joe Biden
OK, so they’re not really kissing in this photograph, but doesn’t it kinda look like they want to? Obama and
Vice President Biden have a famous bromance. It all started when the pair were fighting for the Democratic nomination and the former senator from Delaware called the eventual first black president articulate. The always-gracious Obama still put him on the ticket. The pair weathered health-care reform, two draining wars, a Tea Party insurrection, and constant sniping from their political rivals on the right. Maybe Michelle and Jill should just give them some alone-time. Nir Eilias / Reuters / Landov Hugo Chávez
Benetton made waves last year when it
released an ad campaign depicting world leaders kissing. One of its most controversial was of Obama and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez locking lips. (Another showed Obama kissing Chinese President Hu Jintao.) These images were just two of many that showed world leaders smooching. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also make an appearance in one of the ads, which was titled “Unhate.” Another showed the leaders of North and South Korea kissing.