Saturday 24 February 2018

Inappropriate selfies: They're all at it - even at The White House

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

These French journalists are the latest to join the inappropriate 'selfie' brigade, by tweeting a picture posing in the presidential Oval Office.

Taking the opportunity to claim their 15 minutes, these reporters caught a backwards snap of themselves at the White House, with Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande looking on in the background.

This was "not the done thing", White House officials apparently told the foolish hacks, mistakenly assuming that these 'professionals' would have come to this conclusion all by themselves.

Perhaps the hacks should concentrate on holding their President to account over rumours about his private life.

Thomas Wieder, a reporter at respected French daily Le Monde, can be seen smiling in the photograph he took with his mobile phone at the meeting of the two heads of state.

Ironically, the French president himself has been trying to shun the media limelight of late - as least as regards to his personal life since reports of his affair with French actress Julie Gayet hit the headlines

However, Obama himself is no stranger to the selfie photographic phenomenon. Without tact.

In December 2013, the US president made the faux pas when he was caught on camera posing for a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and UK's David Cameron at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela.

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