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No, The White House Won’t Ban Presidential Selfies

Submitted by on April 8, 2014 – 1:07 pmNo Comment

Over the weekend, White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer suggested that selfies might soon be forbidden with President Barack Obama. But it turns out the comments were all in jest, though the White House still objects to some uses of the president’s image.

Press Secretary Jay Carney assured reporters on Monday that no such ban was in effect, and that Pfeiffer was just joking.

The episode began when Red Sox star David Ortiz snapped a photo with Obama while the team was visiting the White House.  It turned out that just the day before, Ortiz has signed an endorsement deal with Samsung. The image of the hitter holding up his Galaxy Note 3 went viral, and the selfie itself was retweeted thousands of times.

There’s no evidence the company specifically put Ortiz up to the task, but they did take advantage of the situation, retweeting the photo from the official brand account.

On Face the Nation on Sunday morning, Pfeiffer said this might be “the end of all selfies.” And Carney had previously stated that “the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes.”

But perhaps a selfie ban would be good for the president. The ubiquitous photo form previously landed him in hot water when he took part in a lighthearted selfie at Nelson Mandela‘s memorial service.

Obama has had more approval for other viral images, such as his “Not Impressed” photo.

[via Mashable]


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