Jill Biden appears to be kissing Doug Emhoff on the LIPS for State of the Union: Kyrsten Sinema appears in a VERY bold yellow dress and Paul Pelosi sits next to Bono in an extravagant opening of Biden’s big night
- First lady and first gentleman exchanged a cordial greeting before addressing
- Sinema joked that there was “no competition” for the best dressed
- Pelosi talked to Bono in the first lady’s box
President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address kicked off with a sudden hug between power couple members and another bold fashion move from influential Senator Kyrsten Sinema.
The early fireworks kicked off a speech that typically devolves into policy lists and platitudes as the night progresses, though Tuesday night’s prime-time event was marked by furious back-and-forth between Biden and House Republicans.
Sinema made a bold entrance into the House chamber for the speech, after forcing Washington to hold its breath during talks on the Inflation Reduction Act, and later announcing that she had moved from Democrat to Independent.
When a reporter told her outside the Senate chamber before going to the event that she had won the night’s best-dressed award outright, she quipped, “No competition,” DailyMail.com can reveal.
Wearing her own strong suit, First Lady Jill Biden greeted First Gentleman Doug Emhoff very warmly as they met in the First Lady’s box in a gallery above the House floor.
First Lady Jill Biden warmly greeted First Gentleman Doug Emhoff as the two appeared to kiss on the lips just before President Biden’s State of the Union address
They wrapped their arms around each other during a greeting, and their lips seemed to lock briefly during a greeting kiss.
“Um, why did Jill Biden and Kamala Harris’ husband kiss on the lips?” wrote a popular commentator on Twitter.
Emhoff, whose wife Vice President Kamala Harris sat behind Biden and next to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, brought along as a guest Ruth Cohen, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who has survived multiple concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
The most prominent celebrity was U2’s Bono, who is no stranger to the Capitol. He was a regular visitor during the George W. Bush administration, pushing for debt relief in the developing world, and has promoted money for AIDS and global health problems.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema joked there was “no contest” when a reporter told her she had won Best Dressed
U2’s Bono was a guest of first lady Jill Biden, as was Paul Pelosi, the husband of former chairman Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi and Bono talked long before the speech
Before speaking, Biden was seen talking to Paul Pelosi, who is still recovering from the hammer attack by an intruder at his San Francisco home.
Pelosi wore a black hat, as he has done at other public events following his hospitalization for the attack, which saw the suspect lashing out at his head.
During their early interactions, Pelosi seemed to be lively, gesturing and speaking for most of the conversation while the rock star listened.