- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The man who decided to turn the social media phenomenon of “funeral selfies” into a viral blog has announced he is shutting down the website after President Obama snapped a shot of himself at Nelson Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday.

The media was in a flurry after photos showed British Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Mr. Obama posing for a selfie while sitting in the stands at Soweto Soccer Stadium in Johannesburg.

“Obama smooshed heads with the Danish and British prime ministers for what is arguably the most epic funeral selfie of all time,” Jason Feifer, creator of the Selfies at Funerals blog, wrote in the Britain’s The Guardian.


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“I immediately posted the picture to my site and announced it would be the last: ‘Obama has taken a funeral selfie, so our work here is done.’”

Mr. Feifer defended the president’s actions on Tuesday, saying, “If I were seated next to Obama, I’d have wanted to take a selfie with him too.”

“My Tumblr was once a collection of evidence, convincing the world that something very strange actually existed, but now everyone believes, and everyone has seen, and Thorning-Schmidt has the evidence on her phone.


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“So it was time to do the only sensible thing: It was time to declare victory, to revel in drawing a line from the bottom to the top,” he continued.

“I won’t miss it. I’m not even tempted to post another image. That is, unless the pope takes a funeral selfie. Then I’ll return for one more. Your move, Your Holiness,” he said.