If you've ever wanted to snap a photo of yourself with the president (because that's likely to happen), it looks like your dreams have been dashed. Following the hubbub over the selfie Red Sox player David Ortiz took with President Obama last week, a White House representative is now saying that people won't be able to get a similar snapshot in the future. Thus, you might want to reconsider your opening line.
The whole thing started last Tuesday when the Red Sox visited the White House to commemorate their 2013 World Series championship in customary fashion. Ortiz, the team's designated hitter, presented President Obama with a jersey during the meeting and then asked if the two could take a selfie together, a la Ellen Degeneres at the Oscars. Herein lies the rub; Ortiz used a Samsung smartphone to snap the photo, which the company later retweeted and expressed being "thrilled" to see their product involved in the exchange. Ortiz, meanwhile, is Samsung's "MLB social media insider” and had been appointed to take photos on the company's behalf.
On Sunday, the situation got a little more press when White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation." Pfeiffer said it was a "problem" to use Obama's likeness for a commercial purpose, adding that "perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies.” The White House has spoken with Samsung about the situation but Pfeiffer did not comment further, leaving the exchange "between the lawyers." In response to the press over the photo, Ortiz said it wasn't done for promotional purposes.
"Who knows that you’re going to take a picture with the president? How many people can guarantee that? It was something we don’t even have to talk about,” he said.
The new selfie-less policy was put into effect soon after the Red Sox visit. Several Olympians and Paralympians also visited the White House last week to be congratulated for their efforts in Sochi but were not able to ask for selfies. Bronze medalist Nick Goepper was quoted as saying that although he had considered attempting to get one, officials were "pretty adamant" about discouraging it.