First Lady Jill Biden shared an unexpectedly intimate kiss with Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband on national television ahead of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Footage from the live broadcast shows Jill Biden passing Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff on the way to her seat, holding his hand and kissing him on the lips.
No one around them appeared taken aback by the closeness of the kiss. Afterward, Biden smilingly hugged a woman next to her and shook hands with two people in the next row: rock star Bono and Paul Pelosi, husband of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
At the time, Harris was standing at the rostrum next to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, where President Joe Biden would deliver his second State of the Union address about 10 minutes later.
The moment came about 13 minutes into CNBC’s full broadcast of the address.
Bewildered viewers immediately began picking the moment apart on Twitter. Daily Wire senior editor Cabot Phillips tweeted, “Is this… normal?”
Married to Harris since 2014, Emhoff is a lawyer and Georgetown University law professor, according to his White House biography. The United States’ first-ever second gentleman, Emhoff is also the first Jewish spouse of an American president or vice president.
Jill Biden has been married to Joe Biden since 1977. Focusing on issues like education and research, she has a background as an educator and currently teaches at North Virginia Community College, according to her White House bio.
During the speech, President Biden discussed increasing competition with China in the wake of the Chinese spy balloon shot down over the U.S. over the weekend. He said “if China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country.”
The speech was interrupted multiple times by heckling lawmakers. At one point, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) shouted “Liar!” over a broader uproar after Biden claimed “some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset.”