Monday, April 7, 2014

White House considering selfie ban after David Ortiz tweet: Report

David Ortiz might have taken the last White House selfie ever — or at least while President Obama is in office.

Obama is considering a ban on the phone pics with White House guests after Big Papi reportedly used the opportunity to plug a corporate sponsor.

Ortiz took the controversial selfie with a smiling Obama Tuesday afternoon during the Boston Red Sox team's visit to the White House. The photo appeared to be a spontaneous moment, until it was revealed the toothy slugger has a deal with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone to perform promotional stunts —  just like the Obama photo op.

The White House already scolded Ortiz for tweeting the photo — before Samsung blasted it out to over 5 million followers.

“Maybe this will be the end of all selfies,” White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said about the incident Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “(Obama) obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this.”

“Someone who uses the President’s likeness to promote a product… that’s a problem with the White House,” Pfeiffer added. “We’ve had conversations with Samsung about this and have expressed our concerns.”

After the opportunistic stunt, Samsung revealed it had a marketing deal with Ortiz and admitted that company officials had “worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans.”

Ortiz insisted he took the photo on a whim and "it had nothing to do with deals."

Now if that selfie promoted Obamacare. . .

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