Obama creates international incident with ‘selfie’ at Mandela service

Selfie: David Cameron and Barack Obama took a picture of themselves alongside Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt grinned as they cosied up for a quick picture at yesterday’s memorial service for the former South African president, prompting an outpouring of criticism.

As the trio posed for the mobile phone snap, Obama’s wife Michelle sat alongside her husband looking somewhat stony faced. Michelles mood didn’t improve as Obama and Ms Thorning-Schmidt talked through the order of service and shared a joke. And it seems that the frosty faced Michelle was so unimpressed with her Obama’s behaviour that she eventually put an end to the fun.

At one point, Ms Thorning-Schmidt actually pulls Cameron in closer for another trio selfie, all of this at Nelson Mandelas Memorial Service whilst the world watched on.

Ms Thorning-Schmidt, who is Neil Kinnock’s daughter-in-law, pulls Mr Cameron into the frame

Like a bunch of giggling teenagers, they grinned as they bunched together, the Scandinavian blonde flirting and pulling Mr Cameron closer into shot, for a quick photograph taken on her smartphone.

They then share a joke during the poignant memorial to Nelson Mandela with Michelle still looking stony faced.

After the images surged through social media, the White House on Wednesday released its own set of photos of Obama’s South Africa visit. Perhaps it was no accident that among them was a picture of Obama, the first lady and the Danish prime minister.  The photographer behind the “selfie” pic of the three dignitaries, though, later claimed that the first lady herself was “joking with those around her” a few seconds earlier. “The stern look was captured by chance,” he wrote.

Whatever the stern look was for, one thing is for sure..these pictures will go down in History of how the President of The United States of America conducts himself whilst at the Memorial Service of Nelson Mandela.


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