Obama takes selfie with Danish PM at Mandela service - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Obama takes selfie with Danish PM at Mandela service

Posted: Updated:
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark and President Barack Obama meet at the White House in February 2012. The two were spotted taking a selfie during the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa on Tuesday. (Source: The Film Archive/YouTube) Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark and President Barack Obama meet at the White House in February 2012. The two were spotted taking a selfie during the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa on Tuesday. (Source: The Film Archive/YouTube)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Military action leaves Lesotho in power vacuum

    Military action leaves Lesotho in power vacuum

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:33:28 GMT
    The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.
    The king of Lesotho is taking action to fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee the mountainous African country.
  • Family of ill UK boy accuses officials of cruelty

    Family of ill UK boy accuses officials of cruelty

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:31:01 GMT
    A Spanish judge will open proceedings on whether to extradite to Britain the parents of a 5-year-old boy with a brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice.
    The grandmother of a British boy with a severe brain tumor has accused UK authorities of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a hospital against medical...
  • Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

    Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:52 GMT
    A top aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying a new anti-euro party's strong showing in a state election, arguing that it's too early to say its long-term success is assured.
    The success of a new anti-euro party in a German state election intensifies a dilemma for Chancellor Angela Merkel: how to handle a rival whose rise could make it more difficult for her party to form coalition governments...

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (RNN) - A few world leaders, including President Barack Obama, decided to snap a selfie during the Nelson Mandela memorial Tuesday.

A photographer snapped a picture of Obama with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt all leaning in for the shot, phone extended. First lady Michele Obama sits to the left of the president, looking far more solemn.

A trio of images with the president, first lady and Danish PM is also making the rounds on Twitter. One shows Obama patting Thorning-Schmidt; they are both smiling and Michelle Obama is not.

The next is of the Obamas straight-faced while Thorning-Schmidt appears to be looking at them. In the third, Michelle Obama has moved between the two heads of state.

"This Obama - Danish PM thing has quickly become a real-time soap opera," Karl Sharro tweeted.

The Washington Post noted Thorning-Schmidt and the president have met officially twice before.

Obama wasn't the only U.S. dignitary taking selfies. President George W. Bush posted a selfie with Bono, the lead singer for U2, on his Instagram account.

The "funeral selfie" has been done enough to spawn a Tumblr blog in honor of it. CNN recently asked etiquette specialist Emily Post her thoughts on if it was ever an appropriate action.

Post's summed her thoughts in one word: "No!"

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.