Viral selfie promoter extraordinaire and electronics manufacturer Samsung might be to blame for the end of the Obama selfie.
Red Sox player David Ortiz took a photo with Obama on Wednesday when the team visited the White House. It later turned out that Ortiz had a deal with Samsung, signed just the day before he took the photo, to be its "social media insider." Ortiz denied that he was asked by Samsung to take the photo.
Needless to say, the White House doesn't want the President shilling for products, albeit unintentionally. On this morning's Face the Nation, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the White House has "had conversations with Samsung about this and expressed our concerns" but wouldn't go into details.
Pfeiffer reiterated that Obama didn't know that selfie was part of a Samsung promotion, adding "perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies." (emphasis mine) He probably meant just selfies with Obama. It's too much to hope for that he meant there was somehow going to be a way to ban all selfies.
Should this selfie ban happen, we'll miss out on some precious moments:
Memorial Service Diplomacy/Possible Marital Strife Selfie
Television Scientist Selfie
Unintentional Pitchman Selfie
... and that's it. But think -- just think! -- of what could have been. Thanks a lot, Samsung.