White House set to ban self­ies with the Pres­i­dent

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Thanks to David Or­tiz, the White House says it may be time to strike out the selfie. The seem­ingly candid pho­to­graph Bos­ton Red Sox slug­ger Or­tiz took last Tues­day of him­self with Pres­i­dent Obama might have been the last ever pres­i­den­tial selfie, a top White House aide said Sun­day.

Or­tiz took the selfie with Obama Tues­day dur­ing the team’s visit to the White House. The pic ap­peared spon­ta­neous, but then it was re­vealed Big Papi has a deal with the Sam­sung Galaxy Note 3 phone to per­form pub­lic re­la­tions stunts like the Obama photo op.

“Maybe this will be the end of all self­ies,” White House Se­nior Ad­viser Dan Pfeiffer said about the in­ci­dent Sun­day on CBS’ “Face the Na­tion.” “(Obama) ob­vi­ously didn’t know any­thing about Sam­sung’s con­nec­tion to this.”

“Some­one who uses the Pres­i­dent’s like­ness to pro­mote a prod­uct… that’s a prob­lem with the White House,” Pfeiffer added. “We’ve had con­ver­sa­tions with Sam­sung about this and have ex­pressed our con­cerns.”

Af­ter the stunt, Sam­sung re­vealed it had a mar­ket­ing deal with Or­tiz and ad­mit­ted that com­pany of­fi­cials had “worked with David and the team on how to share im­ages with fans.”

Or­tiz snapped the seem­ingly un­planned shot while on­stage with Obama, as the Red Sox cel­e­brated their 2013 World Se­ries ti­tle at the White House.

Or­tiz tweeted the pic­ture,

Some­one who uses the Pres­i­dent’s like­ness to pro­mote a prod­uct… that’s a prob­lem with the White House.

prompt­ing more than 38,000 retweets, in­clud­ing one by the of­fi­cial Sam­sung ac­count — to the com­pany’s more than 5.2 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

The in­ci­dent isn’t the first time Obama has found him­self in selfie hot wa­ter — nor is it the first time Sam­sung has struck mar­ket­ing gold with a se­cre­tive selfie promo.

Last month, Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres used her Sam­sung Galaxy Note 3, dur­ing the tele­cast, to take and tweet a selfie of a group of A-list ac­tors that quickly be­came the most re-tweeted post of all time.

And in De­cem­ber, Pres­i­dent Obama was roundly crit­i­cized for grant­ing a selfie re­quest to Den­mark Prime Min­is­ter Helle Thorn­ing, who took a pic with Obama, her­self and Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron at the me­mo­rial ser­vice of Nel­son Man­dela.

Culled from ny­dai­lynews. com

Bos­ton Red Sox des­ig­nated hit­ter David Or­tiz poses for a ‘selfie’ with Pres­i­dent Obama dur­ing a cer­e­mony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the 2013 World Se­ries Cham­pion Bos­ton Red Sox.

The Pres­i­dent was crit­i­cised over this selfie with Den­mark Prime Min­is­ter Helle Thorn­ing and Bri­tish PM David Cameron at Nel­son Man­dela’s me­mo­rial

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