Obama takes selfie with Danish PM at Mandela service

Obama takes selfie with Danish PM at Mandela service

Posted: Updated:
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark and President Barack Obama meet at the White House in February 2012. The two were spotted taking a selfie during the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa on Tuesday. (Source: The Film Archive/YouTube) Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark and President Barack Obama meet at the White House in February 2012. The two were spotted taking a selfie during the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa on Tuesday. (Source: The Film Archive/YouTube)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:15 AM EDT2014-07-28 06:15:00 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.More >>
    The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning.More >>
  • Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire

    Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:14 AM EDT2014-07-28 06:14:19 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.More >>
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.More >>
  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:37:23 GMT
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.More >>
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.More >>

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (RNN) - A few world leaders, including President Barack Obama, decided to snap a selfie during the Nelson Mandela memorial Tuesday.

A photographer snapped a picture of Obama with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt all leaning in for the shot, phone extended. First lady Michele Obama sits to the left of the president, looking far more solemn.

A trio of images with the president, first lady and Danish PM is also making the rounds on Twitter. One shows Obama patting Thorning-Schmidt; they are both smiling and Michelle Obama is not.

The next is of the Obamas straight-faced while Thorning-Schmidt appears to be looking at them. In the third, Michelle Obama has moved between the two heads of state.

"This Obama - Danish PM thing has quickly become a real-time soap opera," Karl Sharro tweeted.

The Washington Post noted Thorning-Schmidt and the president have met officially twice before.

Obama wasn't the only U.S. dignitary taking selfies. President George W. Bush posted a selfie with Bono, the lead singer for U2, on his Instagram account.

The "funeral selfie" has been done enough to spawn a Tumblr blog in honor of it. CNN recently asked etiquette specialist Emily Post her thoughts on if it was ever an appropriate action.

Post's summed her thoughts in one word: "No!"

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow