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Obama's Selfie at Nelson Mandela's Funeral

The Truth Behind Obama's Selfie and Michelle's Reaction

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."

As for Michelle's response, keep reading to find out.

The photographer continued: "In reality, just a few seconds earlier, the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance."

So there you have it. Michelle was not upset. Like the photographer, she probably felt the friendly photo fit with the convivial vibe of the event. Case closed.

Image Source: Getty
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Lawrence15295735 Lawrence15295735 3 years
Everyone has to have a problem with everything; hypocrites...!!! Mandella's funeral was a celebration of his LIFE more than it was a time to be somber and downbeat. Mandella spent way too much time in prison to be honored in such a way! When I die, I hope everyones "yukking" it up as bluegirl58 calls it and I hope they have a huge party and celebrate all the wonderful things and times we shared in. Everyone wants to complain complain complain, yet if I see it correctly, I see everyone on the road driving fairly nice, very large vehicle that sucks down gas at like it's never going to go out of style. Everyone gorgeing themselves on fast food, buying the latest and greatest gadget that comes out, packing the malls, the theatres, this event, that event, EVERYONE IS YUKKING IT UP in one big giant selfie that's called "reality". A wise King said, "they accuse and yell at each other, we sang a sad song you you refused to cry; in the end, wisdom is proved right by the deeds done". Quit your whining and moaning and complaining if you are so upset at the president and start a business and hire the unemployed, start working extra jobs paying it all to your debt collectors, do something, anything instead of constantly blaming everyone else for your miserable life! "grumblers and fault finders, hypocrites who are no different, if it doesn't benefit you"
bluegirl58 bluegirl58 3 years
Look at him .... there's our president ... yukking it up and having the time of his life. And where is America; teetering on the precipice of high unemployment, out of control spending in Washington, a massive deficit and growing even bigger, and our president (who's supposed to be representing this country at a MEMORIAL SERVICE) is taking a selfie with the other two idiots who should know better. Nice; I'm glad he's having such a good time. It would keep me up at night if I thought he was unhappy and not having a good time on our dime. And what's just around the corner??? His annual Christmas in Hawaii vacation ... just in time. He looks like he needs a break ... he works so hard, doesn't he?????? Again, Mr. President, have a good time in Hawaii ... on our dime. Have a Mai Tai for all of us. Wish we could be there!!!! But we can't ... because we're here ... trying to make ends meet for another month ... and live within a budget ... what's a budget, you ask ... let's not go there, shall we????
Samuel15164922 Samuel15164922 3 years
Just wait until you see the selfies that were taken by world leaders at the party in Johannesburg last night. Bizarre!
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