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Obama poses for selfie with Cameron, Danish PM at Mandela memorial service

Published time: December 10, 2013 18:51
Edited time: December 12, 2013 15:31
US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. (AFP Photo / Roberto Schmidt)

US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. (AFP Photo / Roberto Schmidt)

US President Barack Obama was caught snapping a selfie with British PM David Cameron and Danish premier Helle Thorning-Schmidt during the memorial service of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The image of the trio has caused a stir online.

As they posed for the photo, Obama and Cameron leaned towards Schmidt, who was seated between the two leaders. The US president captured the photo with the help of Thorning-Schmidt.

Meanwhile, US First Lady Michelle Obama seemed more focused on the memorial itself. Sitting directly next to her husband, she remained straight-faced while watching the ceremony.

The image has gone viral on Twitter and the hashtag #ObamaSelfie is quickly trending. Many users have made snarky remarks against the leaders, noting that “funerals are no place for selfies.”

Dozens of world leaders joined thousands of South Africans on Tuesday at the memorial service for Mandela, who passed away on December 5 at the age of 95.

Addressing the crowd at the ceremony, Obama said, “Madiba makes me want to be better.” He referred to the late African leader as “the last great liberator of the 20th century.”

For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe - Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life.But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask:how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?” he said.

Comments (54)

 

Roxy Chick 13.12.2013 00:27

Why should these people care when s.africa's new friends are BRIC? The west knows it can not take on China and Russia combined that is why they went to this memorial to mess about, have a jolly at the tax payers expense. Mind you mandela was 95 so he had a better innings than some people so nobody should be upset at the age he died at. People should get over it because he was no angel either. At least Russia are not going to allow blacks to dominate them they will pounce on them if they do the same as in the usa, they are getting beaten up in China and India because the East does not owe blacks anything deal with it!

 

Roxy Chick 13.12.2013 00:21

Mohammed Feroz Haider 11.12.2013 09:52

I wonder what was Mrs. Obama thinking sitting beside them....:)

  


She probably didn't like her husband posing with a white woman! blacks like hanging around Asians now because of Asian Power and yet they demonstrated their utter disrespect for and Asian (President of India) when speaking at the memorial! Pathetic and racist really whoever said africans were victims was blind!

 

Roxy Chick 13.12.2013 00:17

Typical!, and they say the crowd were disrespecful! But anyway, who cares? Mandela was 95 his life was over and he was NOT a symbol of forgiveness, that was Gandhi's stance, but yet again the western media giving prominance to a bunch of idiots in s.africa as usual. It shows just how much they (s.africans) disrespect dignitories, nobody heard what the President of India had to say yet Indians are giving africans jobs in their own countries and this is the respect they show Pranam Mukherjee in s.africa! I think all Indians should dump Mandela tripe and start looking at their own kind for role models no need for a black

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