The President Who Kissed Six First Ladies – And Many Others

Carter after his campaign kiss made a baby cry, outside his Baptist church in Plains, Georgia.

Jimmy Carter made a baby cry after kissing the child during his 1976 presidential campaign, outside his Baptist church in Plains, Georgia.

It would prove impossible to determine just which presidential candidate holds the record for kissing babies, that old campaign gesture dating back more than a century.

During a March 1979 visit to Elk City, Oklahoma, the President performed the proverbial political baby kiss, despite it not being a campaign year. (Corbis)

During a March 1979 visit to Elk City, Oklahoma, the President performed the proverbial political baby kiss, despite it not being a campaign year. (Corbis)

But one can certainly award President Jimmy Carter as the U.S. President who kissed more First Ladies other than his own wife.

This past three-day holiday weekend just ended, with both Valentine’s Day and President’s Day having been marked, offers as good a time as any, a glimpse back at the man who is surely the Kissingest President.

Jimmy Carter kissing actress Liz Taylor at a June 30, 1976 fundraiser for his presidential campaign, held in New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Carter kissing actress Liz Taylor at a June 30, 1976 fundraiser for his presidential campaign, held in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Who could resist the chance to kiss the larger-than-life movie star Elizabeth Taylor? Not Jimmy Carter.

In one of his earliest known kissing incidents, at the time of his nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate in the summer of 1976, he welcomed the actress at a convention fundraising event with a very long and affectionate public kiss.

A year later, she married a Republican.

President Jimmy Carter greets legendary actress Bette Davis at the White House. He famously kissed her at the event, a moment seemingly missed by photographers, but provoking her eyes to pop open in shock. (Corbis)

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