David Ortiz's Selfie With President Obama Could Lead to White House No Selfie Policy
Posted on April 6, 2014
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (also known as Big Papi) convinced President Obama to take a selfie with him last week during an official visit to celebrate the Red Sox 2013 World Series victory. President Obama happily obliged and said, "He wants to take a selfie! It's the Big Papi selfie!"
It seemed harmless enough at the time, but later there were rumors the selfie was sponsored by Samsung as Ortiz used a Samsung phone. The Big Papi has denied the selfie was a Samsung promotion. USA Today reports that Ortiz says, "I didn't know that he was going to let me take a picture with him." Ortiz has a deal with Samsung, but says the company had no role in the Obama photograph.
Fox Sports reports that White House press secretary Jay Carney said at a press briefing last Thursday, "As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purpose. And we certainly object in this case."
Now The Hill is reporting that White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on Face the Nation that this could be the end of all presidential selfies. Pfeiffer says, "Well, he obviously didn't know anything about Samsung's connection to this. And perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies."
It couldn't end all selfies, but we could see how The White House may insitute a no-selfie policy or require any selfie be approved and scheduled in advance. Here is the Big Papi selfie: