The White House is mulling a selfie ban so that President Barack Obama will never accidentally end up in a Samsung ad again.
Here’s the back story: Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz tweeted a seemingly innocuous selfie with the prez last Tuesday, the New York Daily News reports. It appeared to be spontaneous and charming — until the White House realized Mr. Ortiz has a deal with Samsung that includes PR photo ops like the Obama selfie.
Hmm, a spontaneous moment captured by selfie that turns out to be a Samsung ad. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s exactly what the Ellen Degeneres Oscar selfie turned out to be (although the host preferred an iPhone backstage).
“Maybe this will be the end of all selfies,” White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer said on CBS on Sunday, hopefully referring to selfies of the President and not selfies in general. “[Mr. Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this.”
We can’t say we blame the White House for mulling a ban; it’s not a great look for the President to accidentally endorse a Samsung.
All we ask is that the White House continue to allow Sasha and Malia, who can duckface with the best of ’em, all the selfies they want.