Did Samsung mess with the wrong president?
LegalByChris Smithon Apr 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM Email @chris_writes Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google PlusShare on LinkedIn
After the recent Big Papi and President Obama selfie turned out to be a Samsung marketing setup, the White House took a hard stance against any company using the President’s image for publicity stunts, CNET reports. “As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” the White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday during the regular briefing. “And we certainly object in this case.” However, Carney did not reveal how the White House is objecting, and whether Samsung has been contacted to remove the image.
David Ortiz, who endorses Samsung products, told The Boston Globe that the selfie idea was his own. “I wasn’t trying to do anything,” Big Papi said. “It just happened in that moment. It was a fun thing. I signed that deal with Samsung a few months ago. They didn’t know what would happen. Nobody did.”
The Red Sox have also denied knowing anything about the selfie in advanced.
However, these statements sort-of contradict Samsung’s own statement to the Globe on Wednesday. “When we heard about the visit to the White House, we worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans. We didn’t know if or what he would be able to capture using his Note 3 device,” Samsung said. The selfie was then retweeted by Samsung.
In a recent appearance on Ellen, President Obama joked about her famous Oscar selfie – also a Samsung marketing setup – which dethroned his own retweets record saying that it was “a pretty cheap stunt.”
Videos showing both Obama’s selfie with Ortiz and his “cheap stunt” comments follow below.Tags:Barack Obama, SamsungVia:CNETSource:The Bost Globe, Fortune Previous ArticlePreviousU.S. wireless carriers finally have something to fear: Google TrendingU.S. wireless carriers finally have something to fear: GoogleAfter one week of sales, the HTC One (M8) might already be in troubleThis cool trick could have a huge impact on your Android phone’s battery lifeDid Samsung mess with the wrong president?This is Microsoft’s ingenious plan to reel in more customersThis huge iOS 7 security flaw makes it impossible to recover your stolen iPhoneRelated ArticlesThis could be our first look at the Galaxy S5 ZoomBuying a Galaxy S5 next week? Here's how to sell your old Galaxy S4 for the most moneyNew leak may expose Samsung's premium Galaxy S5 with a quad HD displayAct surprised: Galaxy S5 mini won't be the high-end model you want it to beBuying a Galaxy S5? Here's how to get a head start learning all its key features
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