Love is in the air: Obamas get smoochy during inauguration

Jan. 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM ET

Updated at 9:55 p.m. ET:

Who said love and politics don't mix?

Newly inaugurated Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have been lovey-dovey with each other all day long, well in advance of Monday night's inaugural balls and first dance.

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President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama while watching the presidential inaugural parade wind through the nation's capital on Monday.

They held hands on the route of the presidential inauguration parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, and once they took their position to watch the parade wind past them, they kissed and nuzzled on multiple occasions.

Sasha and Malia (and dozens of TV cameras) were right there, but that didn't stop the first couple. Nor did the kids cringe at their parents' actions. (In fact, the kids encouraged some of the cutest moments, using their cell phones to capture photos of their affectionate Mom and Dad.)

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Relaxed and happy, the Obamas showed plenty of public displays of inaugural affection on Monday.

And then, of course, the romance continued when the first couple finally got to dance together at the Inaugural Ball:

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A kiss to build a dream on: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama puckered up while dancing at the Inaugural Ball on Monday night in Washington, D.C.

Keep on scrolling to see more public displays of inaugural affection.

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President Barack Obama kisses his wife's hand during the inaugural parade.
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First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama seemed completely unfazed by their smoochy parents.
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The Obamas held hands as they walked down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 57th presidential inauguration parade on Monday in Washington, D.C.

This story was first published at 6:35 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.