Danish Prime Minister Justifies Selfie With Obama: We’re “Just People Who Have Fun”


December 12, 2013 2:57pm PST

If you haven’t seen the picture of Michelle Obama getting upset at Barack during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, you should really check it out (look for the link below).  During the ceremony, the president was seen taking a “selfie” with the Danish Prime Minister.  She has recently come out to defend her taking the picture during the morbid event.

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Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, spoke to the press defending the “selfie” she took with President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.  In her statement she said, “It wasn’t inappropriate. There were lots of pictures taken that day, and I just thought it was a bit fun. Maybe it also shows that when we meet heads of state and government, we too are just people who have fun.”

The prime minister went on to say that although the event was that designed for mourning and remembrance, it was surprisingly festive. She mentioned that, “There was a sadness, but it was basically a festive event that also celebrated a man who has lived for 95 years and achieved so much in his life. There was dancing on the stands… And then we took a really fun selfie.”

She isn’t the only one defending the picture.  David Cameron also tried to redeem the trio’s actions telling a session at the House of Commons that it wasn’t his idea, but rather that he was merely being polite. He explained his indulgence saying, “In my defense I’d say that Nelson Mandela played an extraordinary role in his life and in his death in bringing people together.  And so of course when a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph I thought it was only polite to say yes.”

(See also: Schizophrenic Sign Language Interpreter At Mandela Ceremony Admits He Was Hearing Voices And Hallucinating)

He finished his attempted resurrection by saying that sometimes photos can lie.  He pointed out that the fact that Michelle looked so miserable was just the coincidence of the right picture at the wrong time.

Funny he didn’t mention how they managed to photograph that expression on her face multiple times throughout the event.

The photographer that actually took the video of the occurrence, Roberto Schmidt, wrote in his blog:

“At the time, I thought the world leaders were simply acting like human beings, like me and you. I doubt anyone could have remained totally stony faced for the duration of the ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium. For me, the behavior of these leaders in snapping a ‘selfie’ seems perfectly natural. I see nothing to complain about, and probably would have done the same in their place.”

(See also: Reminder: Nelson Mandela Was on US Terrorist Watch List Until 2008)

There were already hundreds of cameras there to document the event. Do you think the memorial service was the right time to take a “selfie”?


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