Apparently no one is above taking a selfie—not even President Obama. While in South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service on Tuesday, Obama captured the moment with British Prime Minister David Cameron. An unidentified woman sat between the two distinguished men as Obama snapped the photo.
Taking selfies is a new trend, thanks to improved cameras on smartphones these days. This year, Oxford Dictionary even named "selfie" the international word of the year.
Obama may have picked up on the trend from his daughters, Sasha and Malia. During their father’s second Presidential Inauguration parade in January, they made headlines after taking selfies with their iPhones during the event. At one point, Malia even “photobombed” her sister as Sasha attempted to take a photo of the president and First Lady Michelle Obama kissing. The older sister jumped into her younger sister’s shot as she aimed to take the picture.
Meanwhile, at Mandela’s memorial, Obama, as well of tens of thousands of presidents, prime ministers, royals, celebrities and citizens gathered to pay their last respects to the revolutionary. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 95.
"We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. To the people of South Africa -- people of every race and every walk of life -- the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us,"" Obama said during Mandela’s memorial service at Johannesburg FNB Stadium.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...