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The White House Isn’t Happy That Samsung Used Obama’s Selfie as an Ad

President Obama and David Ortiz

Did you catch the selfie that the Red Sox’s David Ortiz took with President Barack Obama? That was a great instance of cultural zeitgeist, wasn’t it? However, Samsung also has a deal with Ortiz that let it use the shot (taken with a Galaxy Note 3) in a Twitter ad — and the White House isn’t very happy. The administration tells CBS that it didn’t realize the baseball star’s photo could be used as an Oscars-style marketing ploy. Officials aren’t asking anyone to take pictures down after the fact, but they hint that they might not have approved the photo if they’d known about the possible financial incentives. For his part, Ortiz insists that it was a sincere, spur-of-the-moment shot — while Samsung pays him, he couldn’t exactly promise an Obama photo op. We’re inclined to believe Big Papi, but something tells us that the President may be a little more camera shy in the future.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.