His smiling group photo draws criticism for poor taste, timing

By Andrea Billups
Updated December 10, 2013 03:30 PM
Credit: Roberto Schmidt/Getty

OMG, sir.

Did President Obama really join in a group selfie during Tuesday’s memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela?

Indeed he did, joining British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in a grinning snap as the trio sat among world leaders at the FNB soccer stadium where thousands of mourners paid tribute, USA Today reported.

The selfie drew some criticism in the blogosphere where some have chided it as in poor taste, given the solemnity of the occasion as South Africans and others around the world mourned their global human rights icon who died last Thursday at 95.

The group was all smiles as Thorning-Schmidt held out her phone, flanked by her world leader counterparts who squeezed in for a close-up. First Lady Michelle Obama, however, maintained her dignified composure, staying out of the shot and looking straight ahead as she sat among the crowd of dignitaries – a moment curated on a Tumblr page dedicated to "Selfies At Funerals."