White House Not Pleased With Presidential Selfie Used As Samsung Promo

BkJjrfqIMAAU0mQAs “selfie” has become a word that even your reclusive great-aunt knows, and everyone enjoys when celebrities snap pictures of themselves with their phones and act just like regular people. So while a picture that Boston Red Sox player David “Big Papi” Ortiz took of himself with President Barack Obama proved popular on Twitter, including on Samsung’s account. Ortiz has an endorsement deal with the electronics company. The President, needless to say, does not.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t come out and condemn Samsung, but clearly wasn’t thrilled that Samsung was using his boss’s image in a promotional capacity. “As a rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” he told reporters, according to the Wall Street Journal. “And we certainly object in this case.”

Carney didn’t specify whether White House lawyers have made their displeasure known to Samsung in a more formal capacity.

Here’s the original tweet, and a link to Samsung’s retweet that the White House is unhappy with.

Samsung Called Out on Ortiz’s Selfie With Obama [Wall Street Journal]

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  1. furiousd says:

    President brands himself as a celebrity, gets upset when citizens take photos in public

    • ResNullum says:

      You completely missed the point. Being a public figure doesn’t mean your image can freely be used in advertising.

    • CommonC3nts says:

      I think you need to reread the article as your common makes no sense.
      They used the presidents picture for advertising.

  2. StevenB says:

    I’d say that with all the BS happening here at home and abroad, the last thing I’d worry about is some picture. Who cares? I’d think Obama would be happy that there’s something out there casting him in a positive light. I’m just blown away that they’re freaking out over a picture. There are more important things to deal with.

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    • PhillyDom says:

      White House Objects to Ad
      Published: December 30, 1989

      The White House today expressed disapproval of advertisements for a decongestant featuring President Bush and President Mikhail S. Gorbachev of the Soviet Union.

      ”Heads of state don’t endorse cold medicine,” said Marlin Fitzwater, Mr. Bush’s spokesman.

      The advertisements for Drixoral, an over-the-counter head-cold remedy manufactured by the Schering-Plough Corporation, show Mr. Gorbachev and Mr. Bush shaking hands at their summit conference in Malta earlier this month.

      ”In the New Year, may the only cold war in the world be the one we’re fighting,” the advertisements say.

      Mr. Fitzwater said, ”We do not approve or sanction or acknowledge any of these commercial endorsements, and we appreciate the two television networks that declined to run them.” ABC and CBS have refused to carry the ad….