All Helle Breaks Loose at Boston Herald

December 12, 2013

Our selfie-obsessed local tabloid is back at it again today, as if yesterday’s examination of Barack Obama’s shutterbug diplomacy at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service wasn’t enough.

Today’s Page One:

 

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From there readers got the usual left-right punches from Margery Eagan and Howie Carr, along with a thumbnail sketch of Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the dame who started the whole rumpus. Topping it all off: a piece that featured the local chinstrokerati tsk-tsking that Obama should have known better.

Uh-huh.

Crosstown rival Boston Globe has been more selfie-possessed: The stately local broadsheet ran a New York Times wire story yesterday and has pretty much given the Great Dane the air.

But cruise down I-95 to the Big Town, and the New York Post more than makes up for the Globe’s selfie-restraint.

 

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Post firebrand Andrea Peyser really unloads on Obama’s merry memorial. We’ll skip right to the climactic conclusion:

Thorning-Schmidt attempted to laugh off the whole thing, saying, “It was not inappropriate.’’ Not inappropriate?SAFRICA-MANDELA-MEMORIAL

Pairing a black suit and blue tie is not inappropriate. Giving your wife grounds for divorce might be seen as otherwise.

But people won’t soon forget the escapades of the people whose salaries they pay.

President Obama has some ’splaining to do. To the woman he married. To his daughters. To the people of South Africa. And to the scandalized folks here at home.

He owes the world an apology.

 

Wow. Talk about selfie-righteous, eh?

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Boston Herald Gets Selfie Centered

December 11, 2013

Our feisty local tabloid is a bit selfie-absorbed today thanks to Barack Obama’s shutterbug diplomacy at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Start, as so often, on Page One, lower right:

 

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Head straight from there to the Inside Track.

Critics click over Obama selfie saga

Have you ever thought, “I wonder what kind of person poses for a selfie at a funeral?”

Well OMG, we now know the answer: President Obama!

The Leader of the Free World photo-bombed the interwebs yesterday when he was caught taking a cellphone pic with Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and her British counterpart, David Cameron — all three of them smiling happily — in the middle of Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

But perhaps the best part of the selfie saga is stone-faced first lady Michelle Obama sitting 
nearby, focusing on the tributes to the late South African icon, refusing to taking part in the 
festivities!

Wethinks Michelle had had it at that point, because there’s an earlier photo of the first lady looking less-than-pleased as her hubby yukked it up with the 
attractive, blond Danish PM …

 

That would be this one:

 

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That’s some frowny-face, eh?

But you know the Herald’s not selfie-satisfied yet, right? It also offers this Michael Graham op-ed.

Obama thinks world of ‘selfie’

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Oh yes he did.

President Obama, the (theoretical) leader of the free world, took a “selfie” with the leaders of the United Kingdom and Denmark during Nelson Mandela’s funeral service yesterday.

A “selfie,” for the less tech-savvy and/or self-absorbed among us, is a self-portrait taken with your camera phone — usually to be posted on the Web for the world to enjoy.

A news photographer caught Obama posing for Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s cell phone camera in the audience of the Mandela ceremony.

When the picture hit during my radio show yesterday, I immediately heard from listeners asking “Did the president really just take a ‘selfie?’ ”

Take a selfie? He lives the selfie.

 

From there Graham segues into a factory-installed rant about – wait for it – Obamacare.

Talk about selfie indulgence.