White House hits out at Samsung for tweeting Obama selfie


Manufacturer re-tweets a picture taken by baseball player David Ortiz but the White House says it objects using the president for commercial purposes

The White House has hit out at Samsung for promoting and tweeting a ‘selfie’ taken with President Barack Obama.

David Ortiz, a player with the Boston Red Sox baseball team, gave Obama the team’s jersey with the president’s name on it at a function on Tuesday and posed with him for the selfie on his Samsung smartphone.

Ortiz posted the picture on his Twitter page but Samsung then re-tweeted it to its 5.26 million followers on its US page, something the White House has been angered by.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “Without getting into counsel’s discussions, I can tell you that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes, and we certainly object in this case.”

Ortiz told the Boston Globe that he had not been paid by Samsung to take the photo.

“I gave him the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a shot with my phone while I have the chance.┬áIt had nothing to do with no deals.”

Samsung have so far yet to comment.