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Obama "selfie"

the Obama selfie at the Mandela memorial service has been all over the news these last few days. What do you think, was it disrespectful considering the time and the occasion? Or was it just harmless fun?

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In the grand scheme of things, i really don't think its a huge deal that he and the other two took a picture of themselves at this event.

But i can't help but feel like its such an embarrassing photograph. I think i just wish the moment had not been recorded LOL

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I agree with Kim. I'm embarrassed that this happened and I do think it was disrespectful but yes, in the grand scheme of things it's not the end of the world.

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"Jessica80" wrote:

I agree with Kim. I'm embarrassed that this happened and I do think it was disrespectful but yes, in the grand scheme of things it's not the end of the world.

See i actually don't think it was really that disrespectful. I mean they just took a picture of themselves. It was a monumental event, celebrating the life of one like no other. That is an amazing thing to be present for, memorable, and we don't even know what was really going on at the moment it was taken.

So i don't really know why i feel embarrassed by it. I think the reason why is because you can take a photograph and sometimes it misrepresents the moment. Photography is art, and people read a lot into a snapshot taken, but its really missing a lot of things that can really put things into context. So society sees this picture and I think immediately they see these world leaders acting like teenagers ready to post their pic to twitter. But that doesn't necessarily mean thats what really happened...thats what the image invokes, and that is embarrassing.

I'm having a hard time explaining how I feel.

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The picture does not make him seem overly presidential, however if I thought he was an otherwise great president I would not care (actually I do not care either way). There were a few other pictures that came from that memorial service that I felt had more significance.

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I am posting this for the pictures not the article, just because I think they are interesting.8 Photos You Didn't See From Obama's Trip to South Africa - PolicyMic

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I like those photos...and the message.

The person who took the selfie photo said he was disappointed in the attention the photo was getting and that he didn't really think ti would be that controversial. He said he thought it showed them as regular people.

And i do think they are regular people and do regular people things.

I've been to plenty of funerals and wakes or other ceremonies tied to the death of loved ones. We are not serious and morose the whole time. We talk with people, especially those we havne't seen in a long time (the old weddings and funerals thing)...we laugh and get this... I have pictures from some of these events!

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I thought the pictures of Mrs. Obama giving him the stink eye were more amusing, however that happens to real people too.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I thought the pictures of Mrs. Obama giving him the stink eye were more amusing, however that happens to real people too.

The person who took the photos also said that was not really a stink eye. That she really wasn't upset. When i take photographs of moments, i typically take about 5 or 6 i a row. If you capture the right moment someone moves their face, there can be a lot of expression read into it that wasn't' really there. I love what the photographer said. He said "Sometime photographs lie"

Its so true.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

The person who took the photos also said that was not really a stink eye. That she really wasn't upset. When i take photographs of moments, i typically take about 5 or 6 i a row. If you capture the right moment someone moves their face, there can be a lot of expression read into it that wasn't' really there. I love what the photographer said. He said "Sometime photographs lie"

Its so true.

I am sure there was a back story, but it did make for a funny picture. Especially put together with other photos. I will be the first to admit I would not want to be photographed every moment of every day.

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I get that memorials/funerals aren't always depressing where no one talks. I guess I just never have been to one where we take pics of ourselves there with smiles on our faces. I would consider someone doing that disrespectful of the situation.

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I don't know, i saw other pictures from the service of people smiling...of children dancing. I'm sure there were lulls between the serious parts.

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Mandela service brings raucous celebration

here is an article that exrpesses the wide range of moods and emotions at the event. It was as much a celebration as it was a mourning.

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Yeah, in my family we tend to look at funerals as a celebration of the person's life as much as a mourning of their passing, so smiles, jokes, amusing stories, kids running around, those are all part of it.

I agree that it just doesn't look right somehow, but I also agree that it was a very "normal person" moment that got captured on film, which shouldn't be such a controversial thing.

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I think it is the "just a regular guy" thing that bothers me. He is not just a regular guy and he was representing our country at a very important time. If it had been another event I would not have cared, but Mandela changed the world as we know it right now. I just wished he would have been more of a statesman on that day.

My brother and I were talking about this last night, he said "at least he didnt take it in a mirror with a duck face on" I did think that was pretty funny

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Who. freaking. cares.