White House Not Happy About Red Sox’s David Ortiz’s selfie With President Obama


Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took a selfie with President Obama during the Red Sox visit to the White House last week. The Boston Globe later reported that the selfie was a promotional stunt set up by Samsung, who hired Ortiz to be a social media ambassador. The White House wasn’t happy about that discovery and issued a statement.

“As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said during his daily news briefing on Thursday. “And we certainly object in this case.”

Carney, who made the comment between questions about Israel-Palestinian negotiations and the administration’s response to shootings in Fort Hood, declined to say whether White House lawyers had been in touch with Samsung about halting its use of the photo.

“I’m not going to get into the counsel’s discussions,” he said.

There goes that fun… No more selfies with the President.