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White House upset with Samsung as president appears to promote the brand

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White House upset with Samsung as president appears to promote the brand
Yesterday, we told you all about the selfie that Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz took with the president. While the President of the United States is not supposed to be involved in promoting  products, the selfie with Ortiz and Obama was later retweeted around the world by Samsung, making it appear as though the president was promoting the Korean manufacturer. "As a rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purposes," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. "And we certainly object in this case."

What the president and his handlers did not know, was that the very day before Ortiz snapped the picture, the slugger had signed a deal with Samsung to endorse its phones. Like Ellen Degeneres before him, Ortiz was handed a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and was given a quick tutorial on how to take selfies with the phablet. For its part, Samsung clammed up on Thursday. Press Secretary Carney did not mention whether White House attorneys have been in touch with Samsung about ceasing its use of the picture.

"As a rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purposes. And we certainly object in this case."-Jay Carney, press secretary, White House

Unlike Ellen's selfie, which became a huge media event, and gave Samsung more promotion for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 than it could have ever dreamed of receiving, Ortiz' selfie has not received the same attention. In fact, Ted Marzilli, CEO of YouGov's BrandIndex, says that 24 hours after the event, there has been no movement in the perception of Samsung's brand.

source: WSJ

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posted on 03 Apr 2014, 23:39 19

1. hurrycanger (Posts: 1287; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


"Unlike Ellen's selfie, ..."
Well. People care more about entertainment than politics. It's that simple.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 15:36 2

70. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


not just that, but the Ellen selfie was taken during an awards show that has millions and millions of people watching. The Ortiz/Obama selfie seems to be a lot more low key in comparison.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 12:24 1

91. hurrycanger (Posts: 1287; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


True that.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:41

92. skyline88 (Posts: 347; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


as if your country's politic is not a sort of entertainment.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 23:48 24

2. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Lol i love when samsung does theses things, it fires haters up :P

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:10 9

4. hboy857 (Posts: 241; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


How much samsung is paying you?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:12 13

5. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


If only he used an iPhone the story would be different.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:53 19

15. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Lol yeah, it's a normal thing that celebreties use an iPhone, but when it's a Samsung it gets all haters fired up.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:16 12

6. pwnarena (Posts: 974; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


interestingly, the13thking always preempts "haters' comments." so what does that make him? a haters' hater? doesn't that compound his "haterness" factor?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:35 1

23. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Why are there always the same people liking your posts? Clones? LOL.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 03:13 4

27. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Haters over react. That's entertainment.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 05:30

41. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


how do you check who favourites stuff?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:47 1

56. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


But its wrong, white house should be angry to use its supreme resident for marketing purpose

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 23:52 3

3. ryq24 (Posts: 534; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Few people in the world knows who this Ortiz guy that's why no one bothered to re tweet the picture. Still, that's a low blow from Samsung!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 03:55 2

33. shuaibhere (Posts: 1673; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


How about obama then???

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:27 8

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Is it that difficult to take a selfie, that people need a tutorial for that especially with samsung's great camera app.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:29 9

11. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Nahh, it's usually for people who are terrible in terms of technology.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:33 11

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Haha they better buy a dumb phone. I suggest a ifruit phone. For dummies.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 03:15

29. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


u said it brother

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:19 7

19. galanoth (Posts: 339; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


You can't even see the phone.
People just love to hate on Samsung.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:25 4

20. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


It should be about Operation Systems, not manufacturers. Android and Windows Phone > IOS

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 03:15 1

30. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


true!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:46

55. marlboro (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


opinionated... definitely not an ios user!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:55 7

25. ThinkingBrian (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


So what, Samsung retweets a selfie that was taken with one of there Smartphones, its not like they are using it in a commercial or campaign. As far as I'm concerned, the White House and some others are making a big deal over nothing. No one had any idea including the Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz himself that he would actually get a selfie with the President of the United States. It seems to me that the White House and others are just mad because he used a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 instead of an Apple iPhone. If it was an iPhone and Apple retweeted it, no one including the White House would care.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:40

53. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


That's because samsung always pays for these things to be used and then deny it afterwards.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 03:17

31. techloverNYC (Posts: 422; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Another un American act by our beloved president.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 05:53 4

43. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Just stop, please.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 03:26 1

32. frickbot (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)


Wait... Is this a big deal because the phone was used as a camera?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 05:31 1

42. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 439; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Not a huge fan if this "selfie marketing" stuff.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 05:59

44. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


White House is mad over this, and yet the government is nothing but a Corporatocracy now...oh the irony....

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 07:50

46. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


This government has served at the pleasure of corporations and the wealthy long before President Obama was in office. And no President in history has been a corporate stooge more than GW and his dad. Where have you been?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 06:58 1

45. deewinc (Posts: 189; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


White House should care about Android, owned by an American company =)

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 07:56

48. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Well, they should be upset. I bet Samsung didn't pay them to keep their mouths happy, unlike that fruit.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:12

49. marlboro (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


who's behind the camera? it's Ortiz! who's the suspect? it's Ortiz and Obama was the victim! Ortiz proven guilty, Obama is safe! LOL!! CSI STYLE

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:13 2

50. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Samsung should be ashamed to have Obama representing it's label. He is the worst president in US history and a disgrace to this country.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:42 6

54. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I'm from toronto so don't take my opinion to strongly here, but I have heard people say the same thing with every president so far.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:23 4

59. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


That statement is so far from the truth I don't know where to begin. You're probably one of those lunatic tea baggers or birthers.

Or a racist who doesn't like the idea of a Black man named Barack Hussein Obama being the POTUS.

Or you're just a clown. Take your pick!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:43 4

62. darkkjedii (Posts: 12604; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


We go at sometimes, but you're spot on right. He's showed his racist side a few times on PA. +1

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:11 3

63. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


We definitely do. And its all in good fun, but the racist business that I see go on here is a definite NO. I definitely won't abide by it. I will definitely call someone out on that.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:29 1

65. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I am not racist at all. I cannot stand any other liberals in office does not matter where they come from. Nancy Pelosi is about as worthless as they come. Harry Reid and Senator Feinstein...and this list goes on

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:55 5

66. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


And the Republicans who shut down the government, openly use racial slurs against the President and his Family, openly say they won't follow him because he's Black, think that making wealthy people even wealthier is healthy for the economy, shut down programs so the poor can basically starve and let racist tea bagging nut jobs run this country into the ground are any better??

Are you serious?? If you support people who support racism, you sir are indeed a racist.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:07 1

78. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


When a caucasian does something no matter how ridiculous it may seem, it is very good and acceptable. When an African Amercian does something very good, it becomes "unacceptable and destroying the fabrics of the country". Deal with it. Racism is not in the best interest of a great nation like USA. Should not be allowed anywhere, including Phoearena.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:04

77. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I think you spout racism though

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:17 2

68. darkkjedii (Posts: 12604; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly bro. Well put, well said. As will I, I don't play that ish.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:28 1

64. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I cannot believe you think he is a good president. This country is a mess

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 13:01 3

67. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


This country was a mess due to the 8 years of Bush Jr and the years before him from Bush Sr. President Obama inherited this mess and the tea bagging GOP ReTHUGlicans do nothing but block President Obama's every attempt to fix the mess.

If you can't see that then either, A- You're BLIND, DEAF & DUMB or B- You support the racist tea bagging GOP ReTHUGlicans and if you do support them then guess what that makes you?

Or C- You're all of the above plus a clown.

Take your pick! They all seem to you!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 16:23

71. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


How do the Republicans block Obama and the Democrats when Democrats had total control od Congress.
you seem plenty biased. You didn't list Clinton as part of the mess. I agree with apiskula. He is horrible.
Go ahead and call me a racist if that is all you have.. Otherwise facts would be nice.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:08

79. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


How was the economy during Clinton era?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 18:23

84. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Your kidding right? Ever hear of Fannie Mea and Freddie Mac?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 18:27

85. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


too much money in politics, duh

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 19:56 1

88. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Are you serious?!?! Do you not watch the news or look at a newspaper?!?! Or do you simply watch FAUX News and read articles on Phonearena??

I cannot and will not have a conversation with a full on willful idiot such as yourself.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:03

76. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I am sure he is C; All of the above. :)

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:19 5

69. darkkjedii (Posts: 12604; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


He's a damn good president. Trying to fix 8 years of bush ain't easy. I support him whole heartedly

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 16:24

72. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Wow. I'm curious what country you live in. Not as a joke, seriously. Some people don't follow the news when they don't live in the country.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:10 2

80. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Darkjedii lives in the USA. Where do you live? I am sure you only watch Fox and networks that spoyut hatred which sees no good in POTUS. Shame on you. 8 years of destruction by the Texan should be applauded in your opinion?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:36

82. darkkjedii (Posts: 12604; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said my man. +1

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:35 1

81. darkkjedii (Posts: 12604; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I live in Las Vegas, Nevada United States of America, and yes he's a damn good president. Now what?

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 18:12

83. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Wow. I thought I might have an intellegent debate, but that's not going to happen. So much hate and slander here. Nevermind. Keep blindly following him like you are.

I live in the USA and I support freedom, I was hoping you guys would also. Obviously not. Keep drinking the Kool Aid.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 19:58

89. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Supporting tea bagging Republicans is as far from supporting freedom as the Sun is from Pluto.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 21:31

90. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


How the frig can you claim to live in the USA and a few comments earlier have said that Dems had total control of Congress? Or ask how Reps could have blocked Obama?!?!
When Obama was sworn in, yes, Dems had the majority, but if you knew anything at all about the US gov't then you'd know that a majority doesn't mean jack squat if you're not filibuster proof.
You see, the US government was set up with a series of checks & balances in mind. So that no one party could impose their will unchecked unless they had support through supermajority. This is how Obama has been blocked at every turn. Research it... there have been more filibusters during Obama's presidency then during any other President's time in office.
Also, President Obama tried to be very bipartisan. He tried to meet Republicans in the middle, a lot, to unify both parties and by proxy, the country. Except the GOP kept moving the chains on him.
Obama's been a good president. If the Republicans were just a little more mature and less like sulking children, or cared just a little bit more about the nation than they care about corporate coffers, Obama would have been a great president, and the US and the American people would have been a lot better off.

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