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‘Selfie’ at Mandela memorial service

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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Posted by RR

Was it okay or beneath their dignity for Obama and Cameron to lean in to a selfie with the leader of Denmark (Kinnock’s daughter-in-law) at the memorial service of Nelson Mandela? Michele comes across best here, IMHO.

6 comments on “‘Selfie’ at Mandela memorial service

  1. Simon Lamb

    Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 11:53 pm

    There must be many long and tedious intervals at such occasions and , whilst they must have felt obliged to be present, there was little for them actually to do. President Obama gave materiel for a new generation of celebrants by quoting from Invictus but I’m not sue what David Cameron or the Danish PM thought of the event.
    As organisers, funeral directors should spare a thought for those who had to ensure President Obama could arrive in Johannesburg on time and to minimise the risks to his security. He is a class act and Jo’burg is a rough place.

  2. Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Were this story and the fake sign man just distractions? From what I saw of the service, it did look shambolic.

    Organising these huge state occasions is difficult – and frankly I believe we Brits are the worlds best at it.

  3. GMT

    Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Jonathan we could have some fun here, but has any one noticed the bloke behind the 3 amigo’s trying to his his face, a excellent caption here would be, I don’t want any part of this,

  4. Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 12:58 pm

    There is a broader context. People have been posting funeral selfies for some weeks now, prompting harrumphs in the media. It’s not a debate I thought readers would be particularly interested in. Well, it doesn’t interest me — all a bit frothy.

    If you’re interested in checking out a few, see here: http://selfiesatfunerals.tumblr.com/

    Type funeral selfies into google and see what folk have been saying.

  5. GMT

    Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 11:53 am

    Does this picture not show that 2 of the worlds leaders are Celebrating a great Mans life, are they not human with feelings after all, I bet Nelson Mandela would be looking down asking what is all the fuss….
    and what is a selfie…

    • Jonathan

      Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Only 2 of the world’s leaders, GMT? Which of the three is excluded from that dubious accolade?
      x

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