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White House may ban selfies after David Ortiz photo

It was selfie time for David Ortiz and President Obama last week when the Boston Red Sox visited the White House. (Will Mcnamee / Getty Images)

That selfie that David Ortiz snapped with President Obama during the Boston Red Sox visit to the White House may bring about a change of policy.

Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that presidential selfies may be banned after that shot, a feel-good moment that later appeared to be part of a promotion for Samsung.

“Well, [President Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this,” Pfeiffer said, “And perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies.”

Great, one guy ruins it for everybody with a move that has retweeted over 40,000 times.

Ortiz signed an endorsement deal with Samsung the day before the visit, agreeing to be the company’s “MLB social media insider” (according to Sports Business Journal), but Samsung said there were no specifics. “When we heard about the visit to the White House, we worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans,” the company said in a statement. “We didn’t know if or what he would be able to capture using his Note 3 device.”

Ortiz denied last week that the selfie was related to the deal. “I don’t understand where that stuff is coming from,” he told the Boston Globe. “I guess people are always going to have their opinions. I learned a long time ago, I’m not going to make everybody happy. That was one of those things that just happened. I gave him the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a shot with my phone while I have the chance.

“It had nothing to do with no deals.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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