Obama takes selfie with world leaders at Mandela memorial

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and U.K. PM David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's PM...

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and U.K. PM David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's PM Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, December 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT

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A high-powered selfie featuring world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial has taken the Internet by storm.

U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt were pictured on Tuesday smiling together as Helle snapped a cellphone picture of the trio.

The image ignited a firestorm of tweets and headlines. Buzzfeed asked "Is This The Most Important Selfie of 2013?"

Others took note of Michelle Obama, sitting off on the sidelines and looking displeased. The Gawker headline read: "Obama in the Doghouse After taking Too-Friendly Selfie with Danish PM."

The popular blog Selfies At Funerals shared the image, which it said would be its last, proclaiming "our work here is done."

Mashable's Chris Taylor noted, however, the event wasn't technically a funeral.

"It was a four-hour stadium-sized memorial celebrating the life and works of the beloved Madiba, a riot of colourful dancing and singing," he wrote.

Selfie, meaning a smartphone self-portrait, was Oxford's 2013 word of the year.

 


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