BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:16 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The Selfie Seen 'Round The World

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt, during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa. First lady Michelle Obama is on the ri
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt, during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa. First lady Michelle Obama is on the right.
Credit NPR/Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Pres. Obama was caught posing for a selfie Tuesday with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt. The photo-op wouldn't have been quite so egregious except that it happened at the memorial service for former South African Pres. Nelson Mandela.

What's your position on selfies at funerals and memorial services? Should we take a collective step back and rein in our worst cell phone tendencies? Leave a thought on our Facebook page, or in the comments section below.

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