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Why Did President Obama Take a “Selfie” With Two Prime Ministers At Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service?

Submitted by on December 11, 2013 – 9:58 amNo Comment

It seems that everyone loves “selfies” these days. From your little sister, who posts a new selfie on her Facebook wall every single day, to your favorite celebrity, who has taken over your Instagram feed with selfies, everyone has gotten in on the craze. And if you can believe that, that even includes President Barack Obama, who inexplicably took a selfie during Nelson Mandela‘s memorial service on Tuesday afternoon.

As you can see in the photo above, which was captured by AFP/Getty Images, President Obama snapped the selfie alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as his wife Michelle Obama sat nearby, paying close attention to what was going on during Mandela’s memorial service. And the photo did not sit well with a lot of people out there. Some questioned why President Obama wasn’t paying attention like his wife was. Others pointed out that Michelle Obama didn’t look too happy to see her husband snapping a photo with another woman. And everyone else laughed at the absurdity surrounding the entire situation. We would expect this kind of behavior from a 14-year-old girl who doesn’t think that anyone out there is watching her. But this is THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! Didn’t he know that some people out there would find his “selfie” inappropriate?

Maybe there’s a perfectly good explanation for all of this. For instance, if President Obama came out today and said, “Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt asked me to take a photo for her 3-year-old niece,” or something like that, people would probably be a little bit more understanding about the selfie. But without an explanation from President Obama, it’s hard to imagine why he couldn’t have waited for a more appropriate time to take a selfie. Or better yet, it’s hard to imagine why he had to take a selfie at all. What gives?

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