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The Story Behind "That Selfie" (Photographer "sad" he made Obama look bad)
AFP ^ | Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | Roberto Schmidt

Posted on 12/11/2013 6:41:47 AM PST by kristinn

SNIP

The atmosphere was totally relaxed – I didn’t see anything shocking in my viewfinder, president of the US or not. We are in Africa.

I later read on social media that Michelle Obama seemed to be rather peeved on seeing the Danish prime minister take the picture. But photos can lie. In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.

I took these photos totally spontaneously, without thinking about what impact they might have. At the time, I thought the world leaders were simply acting like human beings, like me and you. I doubt anyone could have remained totally stony faced for the duration of the ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium. For me, the behaviour of these leaders in snapping a selfie seems perfectly natural. I see nothing to complain about, and probably would have done the same in their place. The AFP team worked hard to display the reaction that South African people had for the passing of someone they consider as a father. We moved about 500 pictures, trying to portray their true feelings, and this seemingly trivial image seems to have eclipsed much of this collective work.

SNIP

It was interesting to see politicians in a human light because usually when we see them it is in such a controlled environment. Maybe this would not be such an issue if we, as the press, would have more access to dignitaries and be able to show they are human as the rest of us.

I confess too that it makes me a little sad we are so obsessed with day-to-day trivialities, instead of things of true importance.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: allthisforadamnfag; classless; mandela; maybealittlebloooooo; obama; prdisaster; selfie; selfish; thephoto
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Link to yesterday's thread with photos

This reads like one of those forced apologies in communist countries, except in the West the media dupes are so brainwashed they reflexively do it on their own.

1 posted on 12/11/2013 6:41:47 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn
Just imagine ..... if you will ...... what this photographer, AND THE ENTIRE LAME STREAM MEDIA would do if .........

George W. Bush had done this.

2 posted on 12/11/2013 6:43:31 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: kristinn

“I’m sorry for making Dear Leader look bad.”


3 posted on 12/11/2013 6:44:03 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: kristinn

Poor guy, he’s hoping to avoid an IRS audit.


4 posted on 12/11/2013 6:44:12 AM PST by Shannon
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To: kristinn

The “selfie” was done because O knew he could. He’s always being photographed and he knows it. He was thumbing his nose.


5 posted on 12/11/2013 6:44:20 AM PST by albie
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To: kristinn

That was my take also. Three months from now this reporter/photographer will be sweeping the streets in DC I bet.


6 posted on 12/11/2013 6:45:48 AM PST by Paulie
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To: kristinn

No worries, mate...Obama does a fine job of making HIMSELF look bad.


7 posted on 12/11/2013 6:46:01 AM PST by moovova
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To: kristinn

Off to the re-education camp you go, komrad.


8 posted on 12/11/2013 6:46:09 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: kristinn
He did not make 0bama look bad any more than a dress makes a fat woman look fat.

9 posted on 12/11/2013 6:48:23 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: kristinn
Everything about that funeral was a farce.

From the fake sign language interpreter to our fake Pres--ent to the fake accolades heaped on the deceased.

10 posted on 12/11/2013 6:49:28 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: kristinn
Her stern look was captured by chance.

Right. Like all those other photos of her from yesterday, all looking like she was going to open a good old-fashioned can of African-American Whupass on Barry when they got back to the hotel.

The only picture of her I saw smiling is when she was laughing it up with another woman.

Is it possible that, deep down inside, Michelle actually hates men?

11 posted on 12/11/2013 6:50:35 AM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: kristinn

Well I wonder how long before he got his “marching orders” to apologize from the Spite House.


12 posted on 12/11/2013 6:50:40 AM PST by sarasota
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To: kristinn

- All this for a damn fag?


13 posted on 12/11/2013 6:50:51 AM PST by devolve (- "He's (Obama) just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." - "All this for a damn fag!" -)
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To: kristinn
so it was a party after all!

".....while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium."

Wouldn't "mourning" be a more appropriate word?

14 posted on 12/11/2013 6:51:57 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Servant of the Cross

Pictures of GWB and Bono weren’t exactly the expressions one would expect at a funeral service or memorial service or whatever the heck it was. Except for the attire of the “guests”, there could have been a soccer match going on instead of praise for a deceased (AHEM!) “great man”. I’m ticked that GWB even went when he didn’t attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral. Would like to hear the explanation for that.


15 posted on 12/11/2013 6:52:52 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: albie
The “selfie” was done because O knew he could.

After the election ... um ... uh ... I have more 'flexibility'.

Even the Wookie is totally pissed off at the juvenile low class choom gang banger ....


16 posted on 12/11/2013 6:53:03 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: kristinn
From the sequence of photos, and I understand that that may be misleading, the impression I got was: Obama and Danish P.M. were having fun. Obama and Danish P.M. were a trifle flirtatious. Moose jumped his sh*t (full scowl, and he looks ticked). Moose got between the two and gave her the 'back'--a snub, and territorial behaviour one would expect from a high schooler (maybe).

While his smiles might not reflect well (although some of us smiled when the old communist died), her scowls look even worse.

17 posted on 12/11/2013 6:53:28 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: kristinn

First off, if there’s a whole article about 1 mere picture, then its a big deal. So let’s call it “The Photo” from now on.

This guy can blab on all he wants, but the fact is, “The Photo” will now forever be associated with the Obamas.

It’s out there, and everyone with functioning eyes can see what’s going on there. You don’t think every man and every woman on this planet know exactly what Michelle’s look means?

“The Photo” alone will cost Obama another 5 points overnite.


18 posted on 12/11/2013 6:54:55 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: kristinn

Now the WORLD knows why the White Hut won’t let the Press take pictures of Nero. They are forced to use those “Approved” staged photos.

Those that are spur of the moment show the Pentulent Child for what he is.

Valerie is not happy.


19 posted on 12/11/2013 6:55:25 AM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: Servant of the Cross
Just imagine ..... if you will ...... what this photographer, AND THE ENTIRE LAME STREAM MEDIA would do if ......... George W. Bush had done this.

so true... and it is safe to say, President Bush would never have done that... he simply has class... something that was cultivated in him... it cannot be bought... it cannot be faked... the Obamas do not have it...

20 posted on 12/11/2013 6:55:49 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: kristinn
"without thinking about what impact they might have"

the lib anthem, right there in a nutshell.

21 posted on 12/11/2013 6:55:51 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: kristinn
Her stern look was captured by chance.

Funny how she always has that stern look though....

22 posted on 12/11/2013 6:57:44 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: VRWCarea51

BTW, another one of those pictures actually contains a shot of ValJar - one of the few we ever get to see.


23 posted on 12/11/2013 6:59:22 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: moovova

Yup. He sure as heck doesn’t need any help. Not to mention the a$$ whoopin’ he probably got from the head wookie after the ceremony. Looked like she was ready to rip that wig hat off the Danish PM’s head. But hey, the “lyin’ king” can’t help it if he’s so suave and debonair. NOT! But according to joe biteme he’s articulate and speaks well. Not like some.......... Well we know what joe was really thinking.


24 posted on 12/11/2013 7:00:44 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: kristinn
I doubt anyone could have remained totally stony faced for the duration of the ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium.

I'm not all that surprised. There are some photo-ops when Michelle is smiling, but it seems like most of the time when she doesn't know the camera is on her, she's frowning.

25 posted on 12/11/2013 7:00:54 AM PST by Marko413
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To: kristinn
Kenyan Senator's Nelson Mandela Photo Busted As Obvious Fake
26 posted on 12/11/2013 7:01:00 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: kristinn

Herr Schmidt trying to avoid an anal audit from der furher.

Ach du lieber Gott!! I’m innocent, Himmler...uh...Holder.


27 posted on 12/11/2013 7:01:02 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

“Wouldn’t mourning be a more appropriate word?”

He was a communist and a terrorist. Mourning is wrong, celebration is right.


28 posted on 12/11/2013 7:01:11 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion
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To: rktman

“But sir, no one worries about offending droids when they take selfies with their husbands!”


29 posted on 12/11/2013 7:01:48 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Rummyfan

Ditto! —— on the stern look. Or change it to “angry look”.


30 posted on 12/11/2013 7:03:14 AM PST by Exit148
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To: MrB

Droid rights! No offending droids.


31 posted on 12/11/2013 7:03:38 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: kristinn

someone has obviously told the guy he is dead meat and he is trying to unring the bell

I say he did the free world a huge favor by exposing this barak for the selfish narcissist he is.


32 posted on 12/11/2013 7:04:27 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: kristinn

Right. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.


33 posted on 12/11/2013 7:05:12 AM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Texas Eagle

Fake sign language interpreter?


34 posted on 12/11/2013 7:05:49 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

why not? Most of them are selfish little peacocks strutting around wondering if they are sexy.

stupid men. keep it zipped up. Your children are watching and hoping for better from you


35 posted on 12/11/2013 7:06:29 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Servant of the Cross

At the moment Obama was taking his selfie, George W. Bush and Laura were sitting quietly in the upper deck, chatting with some Asian fellow in the neighboring seat.


36 posted on 12/11/2013 7:08:41 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Travis McGee

I’ll bet the citizen will get a visit from the IRS.


37 posted on 12/11/2013 7:10:21 AM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: canuck_conservative

we are calling it “the selfie”


38 posted on 12/11/2013 7:10:43 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: autumnraine
Fake sign language interpreter?

You hadn't heard?

Oh, you're in for a treat....

Stunning Allegation About One of the Most Visible People on Stage at Mandela Funeral

39 posted on 12/11/2013 7:10:46 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Travis McGee

“I’m sorry for making Dear Leader look bad.”

Isn’t it strange how all these people jump to cover for this POS? I’t never obamaramadingdongs fault or responsibilty for anything, yet he is always there to take credit for the accomplishments of others.


40 posted on 12/11/2013 7:13:29 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

“Michelle actually hates men?”

Of course she does.

So she married him.


41 posted on 12/11/2013 7:14:35 AM PST by Salamander (I know things that you don't. I've done things that you won't.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

And the cry came up from the journalism world:

WHY COULDN’T THIS BE BUSH!!!!


42 posted on 12/11/2013 7:15:15 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Rummyfan

That’s her “Watch it sucka” look.


43 posted on 12/11/2013 7:16:48 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: canuck_conservative

But the photo lied.

Are you going to believe your lying eyes of the photographer that snapped it?


44 posted on 12/11/2013 7:21:37 AM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: kristinn

He’s a clown when he isn’t a traitor. Multitasking.


45 posted on 12/11/2013 7:21:41 AM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: Smokin' Joe

You are right - the pix are in ther right sequence. They were laughing about it on Tim Conway Jr’s Talk Radio last night.


46 posted on 12/11/2013 7:21:51 AM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: kristinn

“I see nothing to complain about, and probably would have done the same in their place.”

That’s because you are also a classless jackass!


47 posted on 12/11/2013 7:22:09 AM PST by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Bush MADE them act like children....

its therefore Bushes Fault!

The Semi Mystical Powers of Mr. George Bush must NOT be underestimated.

He's behind Mandela's death...the necessary circumstance to set this whole selfie deal up....Bush MADE them act like children....

its therefore Bushes Fault!

The Semi Mystical Powers of Mr. George Bush must NOT be underestimated.

This Message has Not been Approved by the NSA. nor the IRSS



48 posted on 12/11/2013 7:22:18 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: kristinn

“Her stern look was captured by chance.”


Yeah,,,she wasn’t angry. Thats why she moved herself between the Emperor and the creepy ass cracker.


49 posted on 12/11/2013 7:23:59 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: Travis McGee

I didn’t think he looked all that bad after all he was kicking it with a hot blond at a funeral gig. Now Muchelle on the other hand looked all bad and crabby...


50 posted on 12/11/2013 7:30:37 AM PST by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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