Poor Taste: Obama Took a Funeral Selfie


obama-selfie-funeral-mandelaOh President Obama. No.

The president took a smiling selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial this morning, and the Internet is not happy. Neither, for that matter, was Michelle Obama.

In fairness to Obama, today’s memorial was considered a celebration of Mandela’s life, including music and dancing.

Twitter pretty much exploded with comments like “tacky,” “not appropriate,” “the worst thing ever”-and the Tumblr “Selfies at Funerals” said “our work here is done.”

Did Obama finally learn the lesson that selfies will always be on the wrong side of history? Read more at The New York Daily News.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. This is not poor taste as he is low class and knows no better
    He releases file photos of him at his desk with his feet on the table withhomself in jeans and a windbreaker

    he has taken the presidency which was allways classy and brought it down to the gutter

    An incompetent prez
    And israel has to trust him!!!!!

  2. I think it is like the commentary of time being refreshed with a spatula of limited edition. Not my worry though. He can still be the president of the USA.

  3. What’s worse in my opinion than what the President did, is Matzav giving this story credence. It does not belong on a Yeshivish website. period.

  4. Much to do about nothing. What’s the big deal???? Come’on guys!!!! The place was a circus with everyone singing and dancing. It was not a somber gathering at all.

  5. Guys, please do some research.

    This wasn’t a funeral, it was a rock star-laden celebratory memorial. This event was four hours long, and people weren’t crying. This was a happy celebration of a life “well lived”. You can probably watch much of it online, and then you’ll understand that this picture wasn’t at all out of place.

    If were a place of mourning, sure, this picture would be worth a thousand words. But out of context like this, it’s just narishkeight.

  6. I think everyone is missing the point: It doesn’t really matter if it was a funeral or a birthday party – the president shouldn’t be acting like a 14-year-old… EVER!

  7. In case nobody noticed, it was the Danish Prime Minister taking the selfie, not our own President. Perhaps he just didn’t want to insult another head of state. After all, Europeans have traditionally been strong allies of the US.