White House Adviser: No More Selfies Likely At the White House

Sunday, 06 Apr 2014 08:24 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The photo David "Big Papi" Ortiz took of himself with President Barack Obama may be the last White House selfie ever after the outcry over tech giant Samsung's possible involvement, White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer says.

Last week, the Boston Red Sox slugger used his smartphone to snap himself and a widely grinning Obama last week during his World Series champion team's visit to the White House. Later that day,  after Ortiz's tweet of the photo was retweeted thousands of times, it was revealed Ortiz had a contract with Samsung to promote the company's smartphones.

"Well, he obviously didn't know anything about Samsung's connection to this," Pfeiffer said on CBS's "Face the Nation." Sunday. "And perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies."

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Pfeiffer said the White House has had conversations with Samsung over the photo and expressed its concerns. He didn't provide details about the conversations, telling host Bob Scheiffer "we'll leave that conversation between the lawyers."

Pfeiffer said the White House did not know about Ortiz's ties to Samsung. The baseball player, who used a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to take the photo, denied he took the picture as part of his contract with the company as part of its social media marketing campaign.

"In general, whenever someone tries to use the president's likeness to promote a product, that's a problem," Pfeiffer said.

The Obama administration said last week it was not happy about the selfie, with Press Secretary Jay Carney noting that "as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purposes."

The selfie has been retweeted nearly 50,000 times, and has been criticized as being part of a marketing stunt similar to Ellen DeGeneres' star-studded Oscars photo.

Samsung said in a statement it was "thrilled to see the special, historic moment David Ortiz captured with his Galaxy Note 3 during his White House visit. It was an honor to help him capture such an incredible and genuine moment of joy and excitement . . . When we heard about the visit to the White House, we worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans. We didn't know if or what he would be able to capture using his Note 3 device."

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