Some days I regret even opening my feed reader. Tiny Pasture reports that there are actually people up in arms about Obama kissing Joe Biden’s wife.
Let me just say that, if you are worked up over this, you are either twelve or a jackass. Perhaps you’ve never kissed anyone. I don’t know.
This is, though, why I hate the public greeting kiss. First, there are lip-kissers. A small group, but there for sure. And there are the air kissers, a practice so vile and disgusting that it causes me pain to even mention them. But mostly there are two schools of cheek kissers. There are the people who kiss on the cheek, about half-way back between the corner of the mouth and the ear and the people who attempt to kiss just next to the corner of the mouth.
If you are a public figure, needless to say, you should aim for being a cheek kisser who aims for that spot between the mouth and the ear. That way, even if you and the kissee misunderstand which cheek you’re going for, at worst, you just end up kissing them next to their mouth, not on it.
Because, of course, if you are not a kiss-upon-greeting kisser and believe me, most of us midwesterners are not–Good lord, I don’t even like to kiss my mom. And I don’t believe I am alone in that. Well, I mean, about midwesterners wanting to kiss their mothers. My mom’s pretty cute, so I’m sure that there are unrelated people to her that would not mind at all kissing her.–you are running a pretty high risk of having an accidental mouth kiss.
Do you go left or right? Does the person you’re trying to kiss-upon-greeting go left or right?
Can’t we just shake hands?
Anyway, though, the idea that Jill Biden is somehow dishonored because Obama kissed her? That Joe Biden should have punched him?
Okay, clearly people feel that way, but it seems like a joke. Do they not know that there are people, weird people mind you, who kiss each other upon greeting? I mean, they cannot truly be outraged by this, can they?
And, if so, what exactly is it about seeing a very common social custom on tv? Some people kiss upon greeting, even on the lips. Tiny Pasture alludes to the spectre of misegination in the title of his post and I can’t help but think that that’s what people are outraged about–that a black man would kiss a white woman in public, even as a greeting.
In which case, I say, Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Sucks to be you.