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Jill Biden Kissing Kamala Harris' Husband at SOTU Leaves Internet Confused

Newsweek 2/8/2023 Jamie Burton
Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff kissed on the lips as she arrived at the 2023 State of the Union address. The moment was caught during the live broadcast. © Jason Connolly / Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images / C-SPAN Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff kissed on the lips as she arrived at the 2023 State of the Union address. The moment was caught during the live broadcast.

Jill Biden's decision to kiss Vice President Kamala Harris' husband on the lips at the State of the Union address is raising some eyebrows on the internet.

A brief clip of Biden arriving at the event has gone viral as she is seen approaching Harris' husband, Douglas Emhoff, before the pair kiss on the lips.

The brief moment that the first lady and the second gentleman of the United States lock lips was spotted during live broadcast across multiple channels.

It's now being debated on social media as users ask the question, "Is this normal?"

Twitter and TikTok were full of people discussing the clip. On the latter platform, some had already edited it into a meme, adding the soundtrack "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye for the moment they kiss.

Sharing the clip on Twitter, reporter Cabot Phillips wrote, "Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff greet each other with... a kiss on the lips? Is this... normal?"

The video has gained over 470,000 views as the consensus in the comment section of his post was that it was "not normal," while others piled in with jokes.

"Doug is her work husband," wrote Ryan Doge, while author and radio host Ken Coleman simply said, "I have questions."

"I think Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff forgot where they were for a second," wrote Twitter user @ScottEnlow.

Several comments about the moment mentioned the relaxation of COVID-19 guidelines, which had previously included keeping distance and wearing a mask. "I guess since covid guidelines have changed," joked WillingandAbel1970 on TikTok, while Winterperson4 stated, "I guess Covid is over."

Some viewers predicted a big reaction from the Republican party. The popular Twitter account @Angry_Staffer wrote, "The GOP is having a collective heart attack because Jill Biden pecked Doug Emhoff on the lips.

"Please explain to me why we still have 'COVID Emergency' until May when this is our First Lady and 'Second Gentleman,'" writer at The Benny Report, Alex Lorusso wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture of the kiss.


Multiple people online made a number of "swinging" jokes, and the image of Biden and Emhoff kissing has already been turned into a meme by @GrandOldMemes.

They shared the picture of the presidential partners, and wrote "The West Swing" using the logo style of the TV show The West Wing. Fans gave one word responses like "perfect" and "phenomenal" in the comments section.

The First Lady Biden has had an eventful week, after she also appeared at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. She was previously criticized by political commentator Candace Owens, who slammed the insistence on calling her "Dr." Jill Biden.

Elsewhere during the State of the Union address, other viral moments included Joe Biden's "minority leader" gaffe, and jokes made at the expense of Marjorie Taylor Green's outfit.

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