By Amie Parnes - 07/17/12 04:20 PM EDT
Call it Kiss cam-gate.
The White House says President Obama was not rebuffed by first lady Michelle Obama when the couple appeared on a "kiss cam" during the U.S.-Brazil basketball game on Monday night.
“I can tell you based on a very good source that reports that the president was rebuffed are false,” Josh Earnest, the White House principal deputy press secretary told reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday.
Earnest said the first couple “enjoyed” the basketball game.
And while they saw their images on the large screen and smiled, they did not know that their images were on the screen "in conjunction" with the kiss cam, he said.
Earnest, providing a play-by-play of sorts, said at halftime the president and first lady saw their daughters, who asked why the first couple didn't pucker up for the kiss cam.
“They remarked they did not recognize they were on the screen during the kiss cam segment,” Earnest said. “So during Act 2 of the kiss cam, the president took advantage to steal a kiss from his wife.”