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Call it the selfie seen 'round the world.

Among the enduring images from Nelson Mandela's massive memorial service in Johannesburg Tuesday will be one of a jovial President Obama taking a cell phone pic with his seat-mates, Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Britain's David Cameron.

As the three of them smile for the camera, a stern-looking Michelle Obama can be seen staring straight ahead, hands clasped. As if to remind anyone who sees this photo years from now that it was, after all, a memorial service for one of the great human rights leaders.

The tsk-tsk-ing could be heard across continents.

"What on earth is going on? Why do world leaders now behave like this?" The Daily Telegraph's Iain Martin wrote. "Perhaps it is just that the current generation -- my generation -- is so appallingly spoiled that basic notions of decorum have been shot to pieces."

RedState.com's Erick Erickson tweeted: "Thank you Mrs. Obama for knowing how to behave at a funeral."

The first lady's reaction -- not just to the "selfie" but to her husband's chatting and joking with the young Danish prime minister -- was priceless. In one picture, Michelle Obama could be seen glaring over at him while he put his hand on Ms. Thorning-Schmidt's shoulder.

In another, it appeared the first lady and the president switched seats, putting Michelle squarely between him and the PM.

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.


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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013, 12:41:55 PM »
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"The stern look was captured by chance," he wrote.

Yeah, like 99 chances out of 100...


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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 03:30:53 PM »
From what I've seen in the foreign press, both Brits and Danes disapprove of their leaders acting like 13-year-olds at a state funeral.
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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013, 03:47:55 PM »
From what I've seen in the foreign press, both Brits and Danes disapprove of their leaders acting like 13-year-olds at a state funeral.

Ok, that's 2 out of 3. What about the other guys?
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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013, 04:04:36 PM »
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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013, 04:10:31 PM »
I've laughed during a wake but never at a funeral.  Sometimes things are just funny and the more you try to tamp it down, the funnier they are.
Second, the guy was 95 years old.  It's not like he was cut down in the flower of his youth.  My grandmother passed away earlier this year, in her 90s.  People weren't mourning, they were celebrating her life and talked about the things she had done.
It's also a bit odd to condemn him as a communist, then point out the immature behavior.  If he was that big of a dirt bag, he deserves no respect in death either.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2013, 05:17:34 PM »
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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.


Which further proves exactly why the White House insists on providing sanctioned photographs and not allowing pools of reporters armed with motored driven cameras to have at it.....
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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2013, 08:35:17 AM »
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 08:40:22 AM »
Wow, mountaineer.  That's a blistering editorial.

Was he that bad?  (Can't tell from a single photo).

If he was, surely others noticed as well.


(Or was this merely an attempt to reinforce his standing as a heterosexual male?)
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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2013, 08:42:33 AM »
(Or was this merely an attempt to reinforce his standing as a heterosexual male?)
I think so.
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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2013, 08:55:08 AM »
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2013, 09:22:21 AM »
From what I've read, the service was 4 hours long, and started almost an hour late.  Stadium not filled, fraud interpreter.  Sounds like a real third world production, all the way around.

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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2013, 09:56:09 AM »
Wow, mountaineer.  That's a blistering editorial.

Was he that bad?  (Can't tell from a single photo).

If he was, surely others noticed as well.


(Or was this merely an attempt to reinforce his standing as a heterosexual male?)

I wish someone would come up with a video of Obama acting like the man/child he is. No wonder Valerie and all his minions have to keep a close watch on him. This is just more evidence that he isn't his own man, that the real president is a group of people. It's almost like our country had a coup d'etat .

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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2013, 09:57:50 AM »
I'm still wondering what Lady Obama's picture's 1000 words are.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2013, 10:06:59 AM »
Great editorial mountaineer....right on the money.

Frankly, I can see why Mooshelle is pissed...she should be on a number of levels.  She is the First Lady and at least has a sense of how somber the occasion at hand is, and how miserably childish her husband is acting.  I cannot blame her a bit, and I think the expression on her face is shared by a whole lot of people back home.

And George W. Bush is supposed to be the ingoramus.......



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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2013, 10:30:15 AM »
Great editorial mountaineer....right on the money.

Frankly, I can see why Mooshelle is pissed...she should be on a number of levels.  She is the First Lady and at least has a sense of how somber the occasion at hand is, and how miserably childish her husband is acting.  I cannot blame her a bit, and I think the expression on her face is shared by a whole lot of people back home.

And George W. Bush is supposed to be the ingoramus.......

I agree with you. However, Mooch should have held back her disdain and not allow the people to add to the situation by her demonstrations of disgust. Had I been in that predicament, I would have maintained my grace, then knocked the holy hell out of him when we got home.  ^-^

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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2013, 11:00:36 AM »
I agree with you. However, Mooch should have held back her disdain and not allow the people to add to the situation by her demonstrations of disgust. Had I been in that predicament, I would have maintained my grace, then knocked the holy hell out of him when we got home.  ^-^

I don't think that's disgust or that the Wookie is pissed.

I think that's just her normal scowl...


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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2013, 12:25:00 PM »
I wish someone would come up with a video of Obama acting like the man/child he is. No wonder Valerie and all his minions have to keep a close watch on him. This is just more evidence that he isn't his own man, that the real president is a group of people. It's almost like our country had a coup d'etat .

I wonder if that's going to happen when he's out of office and not being controlled by his puppet masters.

Are people going to finally see him for the punk that he is (and who, a small number of us could see in him from the beginning)?
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Re: Obama creates international incident with 'selfie' at Mandela service
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2013, 03:44:16 PM »
What a great line: [he acted]
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like a hormone-ravaged frat boy on a road trip to a strip bar

But who cares, really?  This is the important point: Uh.....the stadium was NOT filled to capacity.   In fact....far from it.
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