This is cold, especially for the President of the United States. To employ an absurd comparison, you’d never see BuzzFeed‘s Benny Johnson, who could use a selfie-intervention, doing something as rude as this.
Over the weekend while in Seoul, Korea, President Obama turned down a young girl’s request for selfie. A reporter placed her in the fourth or fifth grade, which would make her an 8- or 9-year-old. Newspaper reports later placed her as 13-year-old Mika Taylor. He did, however, manage a selfie with Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, which, all in all, seems like a huge slap in the face to little girls everywhere.
Most recently, Obama unknowingly became part of a selfie scandal when he selfed it up with Red Sox star David Ortiz, only to later be part of a Samsung promotional that he hadn’t agree to. In December of 2013, newspapers such as the New York Post were reporting that first lady Michelle Obama was miffed by selfie her husband took with Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and British P.M. David Cameron at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. Previous moments revealed that Michelle O. hadn’t been upset at all.
Los Angeles Times White House correspondent Christie Parsons had the details of the snub in a White House Pool Report.
“Obama paused to shake hands with a bunch of school children. ‘Mr. Obama, can I get a selfie with you?’ asked one girl, maybe 3rd or 4th grade, with pink cheeks. Potus said something the pool couldn’t hear, smiled and moved down the rope line. No selfie. Potus gave a high five to a kid sitting on a man’s shoulders, shook hands with maybe 20 or 30 kids. He went directly to Marine One.”