Selfies aren’t a new phenomenon. Since the beginning of film, people have been taking pictures of themselves and sharing them for their friends to see. Today, with the ease of entry that camera phones and social media provide, selfies are easier to share than ever. The fad today, which was once only the hobby of teenage girls, is being perpetuated by celebrities, in turn, making selfies an acceptable thing in society. In fact, the most retweeted tweet of all time was the famous Oscars selfie that featured Ellen Degeneres and a slew of her celebrity friends. Even the president is getting in on the narcissistic phenomenon, which has some White House people up in arms.
This latest selfie was taken by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz as the team visited the White House April 1st. The seemingly impromptu pic was actually revealed to be a planned out marketing scheme by Samsung which they had spoken to Ortiz about prior. “In general, whenever someone tries to use the president’s likeness to promote a product that’s a problem with the White House,” said White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
This latest selfie comes on the heels of another controversial presidential selfie. In December, at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, President Obama leaned in with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron to snap a quick one.
So it looks like David Ortiz ruined it for the rest of us. Little kids with dreams of taking a selfie with the president will never get their wish. No one will ever again uncomfortably lean over rows of blockades so that they can look like they were standing right next to the president when they snapped their photo.
To the White House, I can only say, some selfies… are friggin sweet!
[UPDATED 4/17, 9:44 a.m.]
Joe Biden is now on Instagram everyone! What an epic first post.