Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz’s selfie with President Barack Obama is likely the last after it was revealed that the image he took was part of a promotion for Samsung.
“Well, [President Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this,” Pfeiffer said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” via Yahoo Sports. “And perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies.”
“I can tell you that as a rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “And we certainly object in this case.”
During the Red Sox’s visit to the White House, Ortiz pulled out his phone to snap a photo with Obama after presenting him with a commemorative No. 44 jersey.
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014
Samsung tweeted the photo saying: “thrilled to see the special, historic moment David Ortiz captured with his Galaxy Note 3 during his White House visit.”
“When we heard about the visit to the White House, we worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans,” the company said in a statement. “We didn’t know if or what he would be able to capture using his Note 3 device.”
Ortiz denied that the selfie was apart if his new endorsement deal.
“It wasn’t anything promotional, anything like that,” Ortiz said. “I mean, who knows that you’re going to take a picture with the president? How many people can guarantee that? It was something we don’t even have to talk about.
“It just came out right in the moment when I gave him the jersey and he asked to take pictures,” Ortiz continued. “It was like, ‘Oh, wait a minute, let me see if I can get away with this.’ I was lucky that I was right there. It was fun. It was something I’ll never forget.”