President Obama May Ban ‘Selfies’ After Baseball Star Sneaks Shot for Samsung

President Obama May Ban 'Selfies' After Baseball Star Sneaks Shot for Samsung

White House says Sunday that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's photo could bring a ban

“Selfies” with President Obama in them could soon be a thing of the past, after a baseball star visiting the White House took a shot of himself with the President — for a Samsung publicity stunt.

“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.”

Baseball slugger David Ortiz of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox took the shot on April 1 when his team was invited to the White House to be congratulated by the President. It was revealed a day later that the photo, taken with Ortiz's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone, was actually orchestrated by the Korean telecom giant.

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

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

Ortiz tweeted the picture, prompting more than 42,000 retweets, including one by the official Samsung account — to the company's more than 5.2 million Twitter followers.

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.”


  • That guy

    Selfies are NOT NEW! it's called taking a picture but they just gave it a category lol is this news??

  • Don Miller

    It's just a matter of time before the Dear Kenyan Leader orders all males to get Obama haircuts and wear mom jeans.

    • mandate0

      Jeez Don is there a bigger A$$ than you? Just once I would like to see something like this happen without you ‘the sky is falling’ conservatives making it political!!!

      • Don Miller

        Hey Michael, you're following me around Disqus? Oh, how cute. By the way, why do you change your screen name every time you post? Are you too cowardly to stand behind your posts?

  • Yow

    Gee, ya think the president of the U.S. shouldn't be taking cheesy selfies especially in our White House. This President seems to have done his best to cheapen and trivialize the Office, and I'm not Conservative. These “selfies” of him are cringe worthy.