How sad is this?
In anticipation of President Obama’s visit to the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea, today, 13-year-old Mika Taylor and her friends stood holding a bright orange sign with large block letters. The message was unmistakable: “MR. PRESIDENT MAY I HAVE A SELFIE WITH YOU?”
But the girl did not get her wish.
Obama worked his way down the rope line finally arriving where Taylor was standing with her sign. But the president took a pass, saying if he did it for her, he’d have to do it for everyone.
“Just take a picture of me as I’m going by,” Obama told her, according to TV pooler Bret Hovell of CBS News who overheard the conversation.
So, does young Mika Taylor have David Ortiz to thank for this selfie snub?
Earlier this month Obama found himself in hot water over a selfie with the Red Sox star who has a business relationship with Samsung. The selfie “scandal” led White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer to suggest, “Maybe this will be the end of all selfies.”
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney later assured reporters that Pfeiffer was only speaking “humorously” and that “there’s no discussion of a ban” on selfies at the White House.
However, at the same April 7 press briefing, Carney added, “Whenever someone tries to use the president’s likeness to promote a product, that is a problem. … We have had conversations with Samsung about this and expressed our concerns.”
Obama departed Seoul on today for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he already attended a state dinner and has a full schedule of events on Sunday.