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http://twitchy.com/2013/12/10/funeral-selfies-obamas-selfie-face-flotus-furious-face-at-mandelamemorial-pics/

Basically at Mandela's memorial service Obama was caught taking selfies with the Prime Minister of Denmark, lol.

I am by no means an Obama supporter however I really don't see the big deal.

 

by on Dec. 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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dustinsmom1
by JENN on Dec. 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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 I think it was completely inappropriate! Youre at a funeral memorial for Christs sake. Grow up Obama, you are an idiot!!

dustinsmom1
by JENN on Dec. 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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 This does not appear to be a selfie, looks like a photo taken by someone covering the memorial.

Quoting Arroree:

 

Quoting TranquilMind:

 You just KNOW that Michelle is thinking, "Put that camera AWAY...are you out of your MIND?"

So inappropriate at a MEMORIAL service!  Come ON!

Tell that to Bush who took one with Bono at the same Memorial service...


 

Thbear59
by Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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You're the POTUS and you are at a funeral, not teenagers at a party, totally disrespectful.  

shoot4thestars
by Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I saw this on the news this morning and didn't think anything of it.  The first time I saw this picture, it looked like they were taking a picture of themselves and Ms. Obama was into whatever she was watching and probably didn't even notice them taking a picture.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

 Here they are , Smiling. Michele was sitting in rain, she awitched seats and put the POTUS in the (misty) rain! lol

Quoting Stephanie329: Same here. It wasn't a somber event, I don't see the hoopla over it.

Quoting Paperfishies:

 To be honest, I like when presidents are caught doing shit like this...It makes them look human.


Quoting FromAtoZ:

Wow.  It didn't take long for people to find something where there is nothing.


Not you, OP.  


Let the games begin..............


 

 

Ann7227
by Bronze Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

He's a attention whore. I think it was inappropriate.

billsfan1104
by Jules on Dec. 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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I just about passed out, because I agree with you. And thank you for mentioning the other two. It wasn't just him.

Quoting Sisteract:

I know BO is human like everyone else, but that snapshot right there makes those 3 look like doofuses. Come on, you're the fricken POTUS and you represent all of us when you're at events such as this.

GrannyM.
by Bronze Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Cameras are always on Presidents and their wives/family...I personally saw nothing offensive in these photos. Typicle human beings attending the celebration of a man who was not perfect but changed a lot of peoples lives in a good way...

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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What the photog of the pic has to say:


http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/12/11/obama-barack-michelle-david-cameron-helle-thorning-schmidt/3985867/

The photographer who took the viral picture of President Obama's "selfie" with two other world leaders says Michelle Obama's expression has been distorted.


The AFP picture — shot Tuesday at Nelson Mandela's memorial service — shows Obama posing with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, and Mrs. Obama off to the side with a disapproving look.

But, as AFP's Roberto Schmidt pointed out in a blog, "photos can lie."

Writes Schmidt: "In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance."

Schmidt also discloses that Thorning Schmidt, the Danish prime minister, produced the smartphone in which the selfie is now presumably stored.

The photographer describes the incident, which occurred just after Obama's eulogy for Mandela:

"So Obama took his place amid these leaders who'd gathered from all corners of the globe. Among them was British Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as a woman who I wasn't able to immediately identify.

"I later learned it was the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt. I'm a German-Colombian based in India, so I don't feel too bad I didn't recognize her! At the time, I thought it must have been one of Obama's many staffers.

"Anyway, suddenly this woman pulled out her mobile phone and took a photo of herself smiling with Cameron and the US president. I captured the scene reflexively."

Schmidt also pointed out that this was a memorial service, not a funeral: "All around me in the stadium, South Africans were dancing, singing and laughing to honor their departed leader. It was more like a carnival atmosphere, not at all morbid. The ceremony had already gone on for two hours and would last another two. The atmosphere was totally relaxed -- I didn't see anything shocking in my viewfinder, president of the US or not."

The photographer also bemoans the viral attention — and criticism — the selfie has received:

"I took these photos totally spontaneously, without thinking about what impact they might have. At the time, I thought the world leaders were simply acting like human beings, like me and you.

"I doubt anyone could have remained totally stony faced for the duration of the ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium. For me, the behavior of these leaders in snapping a selfie seems perfectly natural. I see nothing to complain about, and probably would have done the same in their place."

He also said: "I confess too that it makes me a little sad we are so obsessed with day-to-day trivialities, instead of things of true importance."
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