President Barack Obama found it necessary to give a quick explanation of the origin of the red lipstick smear on his white collar before an event in the East Room of the White House commenced on Tuesday.
Although the president's statement was greeted as a joke with laughter, his disclaimer made its point clear: “I do not want to get in trouble with Michelle, so I’m calling you out right in front of everybody."
After meeting with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Obama appeared at the White House with a bright red lipstick smudge on the collar of his white shirt. It was noticeable as he took the stage for a speech at the White House event celebrating the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month.
Evidently, someone had alerted him to what many would consider, understandably, the "smoking gun" evidence of...
Well, he was anxious to make it clear that the lipstick came in an innocent encounter with a woman at the reception. He wasted no time calling out the woman responsible for it.
It wasn't the First Lady Michelle Obama who left the smudge, he explained, but the aunt of "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez,
According to Politico, President Obama, speaking to the crowd in the East Room of the White House, said: "I want to thank everybody who is here for the incredible warmth of the reception. A sign of the warmth is the lipstick on my collar. I have to say, I think I know the culprit. Where's Jessica Sanchez?"
Sanchez was a runner-up at last year's "American Idol" competition. According to the New York Daily News, she is of Filipino and Mexican descent.
Obama continued: "Jessica - it wasn't Jessica, it was her aunt, where is she? Auntie, right there. Look at this...[he pointed to the stain on his collar]... Look at this. I just want everybody to witness. I do not want to be in trouble with Michelle, that's why I'm calling you out right in front of everybody."
The crowd laughed as Obama shifted to state affairs after clearing the air on a very personal issue. According to AP, he praised Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for their contributions to the US. He praised Sri Srinivasan who was confirmed as a judge for the US circuit Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
ABC News reports he said: “In every election, at every board meeting, in every town across America, we see more and more different faces of leadership, setting examples for every young kid who sees a leader that looks like him or her, and that’s a good thing. We’ve got to keep that up. Thank you for the incredible contributions you are making each and every day.”