Obama Lipstick on Collar Scandal Cut Short at White House Speech

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:05 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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President Barack Obama tried to get ahead of his latest scandal, but he has to worry more about the first lady than Republicans.

During a White House speech Tuesday evening, Obama addressed a bright red stain that appeared on the collar of his white shirt.  The president quickly called out the woman responsible for the big red smudge saying he didn’t want to get in trouble with first lady Michelle Obama.

"I want to thank everybody who's 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," the president said to laughter at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration. "Where’s Jessica Sanchez? It wasn't Jessica. It was her aunt. Where is she? Auntie, right there. Look at this. Look at this. I just want everybody to witness."

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"I do not want to get in trouble with Michelle, so I'm calling you out right in front of everybody," he joked. The good-natured comments received big laughs from the audience.

Sanchez was runner-up to Phillip Phillips on the 11th season of the reality show "American Idol." She had taken part in the National Memorial Day concert last Sunday, where she performed "God Bless America" on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Her father, Gilbert Sanchez, has served several tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait with the U.S. Navy and her grandfather Edward M. Bugay is a retired Navy veteran.

In April, Sanchez released her debut album "Me, You & the Music," which opened at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has been recognized in some from since 1978. Congress first passed a joint Congressional resolution commemorating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week then.

The May recognition incorporates the anniversaries of the first Japanese immigrants to America and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers. In 1990, Congress voted to expand the recognition to a month long celebration.

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