By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
It must be election time because suddenly we're hearing about the Obama girls. Not from the nosy Washington press corps, but on The Tonight Show, and straight from their mother's mouth.
First lady Michelle Obama, joshing with Jay Leno Monday night, revealed that the "Kiss Cam" incident at a basketball game last month was all down to Malia Obama, her elder daughter, who turned 14 last month and has grown tall and beautiful during in her time in the White House.
Although most Americans never see or hear from Malia or sister Sasha, 11, Malia apparently has acquired public-relations savvy. She knows, for instance, that when the "Kiss Cam" focuses on you during a sporting event, you're supposed to smooch.
But Mrs. O and President Obama, attending a pre-Olympic exhibition game in Washington last month, didn't realize the protocol and were booed when they failed to clinch the first time the camera spotted them.
Malia, also at the game, was incredulous, the first lady explained to Leno. "She was just disgusted with us. She said, 'Why didn't you kiss?' And I was like, 'Kiss what? What are you talking about?'" Obama said, as Leno's audience roared.
Then, she said, Malia arranged for a do-over with the camera so the couple could kiss later in the game, and even sat with them to "make sure we didn't mess it up." Saved by a teenager.
Mrs. Obama, dressed in a yellow floral frock with a sheer inset and metallic belt, was in California to speak at re-election fundraisers. She made her third visit to The Tonight Show mostly to talk about her husband's campaign.