December 11, 2013, 11:04 am
Cameron: It was 'only polite' to pose in selfie
By Mario Trujillo
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday it was “only polite” to agree to pose in a “selfie” with the Danish prime minister and President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday.
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt actually snapped the picture. She is the daughter-in-law of Lord Kinnock, a former Labour leader in Britain, according to The Telegraph.
Cameron defended his decision and said Mandela brought people together both in his life and his death.
“In my defense I would say that Nelson Mandela played an extraordinary role in his life and in his death by bringing people together, so of course when a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say ‘yes,’” he said.
Cameron’s response followed a member of parliament asking him, slyly, if he had a chance to discuss cell phone international roaming charges with any heads of state in the last few days — charges that would be abolished if the country remained part of the European Union.
President Obama is receiving grief for the photo, but a number of other leaders snapped pictures during the service as well.