In case you missed it yesterday, President Obama joined in on the latest "selfie at a funeral" craze. A smiling Obama was seen posing with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt for a photo at the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
In case you're wondering what a "selfie" is, Oxford defines it this way:
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary
President Obama continued laughing with Thorning-Schmidt after the photo, which eventually resulted in First Lady Michelle Obama sitting in between them. The New York Post is handling the story this way:
Other newspapers joined in with front page covers.
UK papers making hay with Obama selfie & FLOTUS's face. Daily Mail calls PM Helle Thorning-Schmitt "the flirty Dane" pic.twitter.com/dckRYIb1MS— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) December 10, 2013
The Post is also asking, is it ever okay to take a selfie at a funeral? For the sake of mankind, I would hope the answer is no.
Etiquette experts say there’s a time and place for everything, and funerals aren’t the right time for selfies. If you must, it’s OK to take a quick snapshot before or after the ceremony, though.