They have finally done it. Baseball star David Ortiz and Samsung might have officially sealed the fate of the ‘presidential selfies’, as we know them.
The ill-fated selfie was snapped by Ortiz at a White House event on the 1st of April when he presented Obama a special Red Sox jersey with the president's name on it. The picture, which was retweeted more than 42,000 times, was later revealed to be a part of promotion for Samsung Mobile.
This drew the ire of the White House which assigned its attorneys to deal with the matter.
Describing the official reaction, White House spokesperson Jay Carney told the media, "Without getting into counsel's discussions, I can tell you that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purposes, and we certainly object in this case."
White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer signaled that we won’t see any more of Obama’s selfies. In his appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, he said, "Maybe this will be the end of all selfies. [Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this."
On the other hand, the Big Papi is in a state of constant denial about his involvement in any sort of promotion. Speaking to The Boston Globe, in an interview, he recalled, “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.”
Well, deal or no deal, it looks like the Obama selfie days are now long gone.