The Obama Selfie: Harmless Or Tasteless?

December 11, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm | Sniffit “Let me guess, people like Rudy, The Real TP, Sniffit, DMFO, rs, Tampa Tim and Mallory have no problem with this while people like Donna, a True Conservative and Just Sayin think this is horrible. Oh, and let me guess, people like Rudy, The Real TP, Sniffit, DMFO, rs, Tampa Tim and Mallory think what Cruz did was the worst thing in the world while people like Donna, a True Conservative and Just Sayin think he did the right thing.” Ah yes, I was wondering when we’d see good ole tom trying desperately to generate a false equivalence between two substantively different things. In the grand scheme of things, Cruz isn’t important enough to care, tom, but it’s freekin nonsense to pretend that a harmless selfie in the midst of a singing, dancing, cheering celebration is the equivalent of someone walking out on the celebration to make (and score) political points and to set up issuance of political messaging afterwards. Your little game of trying to prove that “both sides do it” and ‘both sides are equally wrong” all the time is pathetic. December 11, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm | ljabarr I like Obama but it was tasteless to do this at a funeral. I guess he and the others got caught up in the festive environment but regardless it was still a funeral.

The picture went viral on social media sites and received millions of hits, and criticism. The mainstream media too put the picture on their websites, some with their comments. All of it serves as a reminder as if we needed one that even the best-laid plans of politicians tend to veer wildly off course in this age of social media, commented The Washington Post. Moments are everything now, all captured for posterity by thousands of camera clicks and keyboard taps that can go viral as quickly as it took Obama to read the opening few lines of his speech. This is an era when one honest image can ignite viral misinterpretation, noted The New York Times. The reactions included criticism that the leaders were being disrespectful and attempts to decipher the meaning behind Michelle Obamas expression. The picture sparked a surging debate: Was the selfie a cute moment, or a tasteless act? noted CNN, which also used a tweet, pointing out that the British media was making hay with Obama selfie & the First Ladys face.

Obama’s selfie goes viral

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