President Barack Obama's inspiring speech at Nelson Mandela's memorial Tuesday was a bit overlooked on the Internet after a photo emerged of him taking a selfie with the Danish and English prime ministers. The photo of a photo raised so many questions: which world leader instigated it? Do they all have secret Instagram accounts? What hashtag should one use for a potentially inappropriate funeral selfie? But the one thing everyone seemed sure about: First Lady Michelle Obama was not impressed.
Now the plot of selfie-gate has thickened. The professional photographer who took the snap has written a blog post called "The story behind 'that selfie.'" Roberto Schmidt explained:
"Obama took his place amid these leaders who’d gathered from all corners of the globe. Among them was British Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as a woman who I wasn’t able to immediately identify. I later learned it was the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt. I’m a German-Colombian based in India, so I don’t feel too bad I didn’t recognize her! At the time, I thought it must have been one of Obama’s many staffers.
"Anyway, suddenly this woman pulled out her mobile phone and took a photo of herself smiling with Cameron and the US president. I captured the scene reflexively. All around me in the stadium, South Africans were dancing, singing, and laughing to honor their departed leader. It was more like a carnival atmosphere, not at all morbid. The ceremony had already gone on for two hours and would last another two. The atmosphere was totally relaxed."