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.
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.
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.