The White House considered ending all selfies with the President Barrack Obama this week after Dominican-American baseball star David Ortiz carried out a Samsung publicity stunt.
“Maybe this will be the end of all selfies,” White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said after the incident on Sunday. “Obama obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this. Someone who uses the President’s likeness to promote a product… that’s a problem with the White House,” he added. “We’ve had conversations with Samsung about this and have expressed our concerns.”
According to the reports, Ortiz took a one-on-one shot with the Commander in Chief during the Red Sox’s visit to the Oval Office. Controversy started after he tweeted the image and word everywhere was that he used the opportunity to publicize his corporate sponsors, Samsung.
However, the Press Secretary, Jay Cartney said that there is no selfie veto in effect. He said “there’s no discussion of a ban”
In response to the claims, Ortiz said “I don’t understand where that stuff is coming from. That was one of those things that just happened. I gave him the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a shot with my phone while I have the chance. It had nothing to do with no deals.”
Despite the Selfie issues, the Presidential picture that says “what an honour, thanks for the #selfie, @barrackobama” was a twit hit. As of this writing, the picture has been retweeted 42,820 times.