- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Michelle Obama does not approve.

President Obama snapped a notable photo at the Tuesday funeral service of Nelson Mandela — of himself.

A photograph posted on the New York Post’s Twitter account showed Mr. Obama taking the shot while holding a smartphone at arm’s length.

He took the “selfie” in a pose with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

USA Today said it’s not clear who owned the phone, but Mr. Obama has stated in the past that he doesn’t have an iPhone because of security reasons.

His wife, meanwhile, is pictured to his left, watching the service.

SEE ALSO: Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s funeral

Earlier, Mr. Obama created waves in the international community by shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for Mandela, who died on Thursday at age 95.

The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War adversaries came as Mr. Obama was greeting a line of world leaders attending the memorial in Johannesburg for South Africa’s first black president.

The U.S. and Cuba have not had diplomatic relations for more than 50 years, since the Cuban revolution turned its government into a communist regime led by Mr. Castro’s brother, Fidel.

Mr. Obama’s handshake with Mr. Castro was not the first between U.S.-Cuban leaders. In 2000, at the United Nations, former President Bill Clinton shook hands with Fidel Castro, although Mr. Clinton denied it at first and no picture of the handshake exists.


• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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