- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2014

President Obama may not be posing for selfies with any more sports stars, but snapping photos with his second-in-command is a different story.

Less than three weeks after a selfie with Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz caused an uproar at the White House, the president on Wednesday smiled in the back of a presidential limousine while Vice President Joseph R. Biden took a picture.

The selfie ended up on the vice president’s Instagram account, with the caption: “Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram. Thanks for following and stay tuned. — VP.”

The photo comes on the heels of another selfie featuring the president — one that raised concerns in the White House Counsel’s office.

While visiting the White House April 1, Mr. Ortiz took a now-infamous selfie with the president and quickly posted the photo to Twitter and elsewhere

But it was soon revealed he’d signed a marketing contract with Samsung, leading to concerns the president was being used in an advertising campaign.

The resulting flap — which included conversations between Samsung and White House lawyers — looked as though it might spell the end of presidential selfies.

“Maybe this will be the end of all selfies,” said White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer a few days after the incident, during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“Someone who uses the president’s likeness to promote a product … that’s a problem with the White House,” he added.

Administration officials went on to clarify that there’s no talk of an outright ban on selfies, as evidenced by the picture with Mr. Biden.

Meanwhile, the selfie itself has drawn more than 25,000 “likes” along with a number of nasty comments.

“A couple of communists,” reads one comment.

“The two men responsible for the beginning of our country’s demise! @VP you sir are an embarrassment to the American people,” reads another.

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