White House upset with Samsung as president appears to promote the brand
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.
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.
1. hurrycanger (Posts: 1187; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
"Unlike Ellen's selfie, ..."
Well. People care more about entertainment than politics. It's that simple.
70. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; 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.
92. skyline88 (Posts: 325; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
as if your country's politic is not a sort of entertainment.
2. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Lol i love when samsung does theses things, it fires haters up :P
5. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
If only he used an iPhone the story would be different.
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.
6. pwnarena (Posts: 930; 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?
23. Whopyourass (unregistered)
Why are there always the same people liking your posts? Clones? LOL.
27. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Haters over react. That's entertainment.
41. apple4never (Posts: 961; Member since: 08 May 2013)
how do you check who favourites stuff?
56. Ashoaib (Posts: 2270; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
But its wrong, white house should be angry to use its supreme resident for marketing purpose
3. ryq24 (Posts: 507; 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!
8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; 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.
11. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Nahh, it's usually for people who are terrible in terms of technology.
13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Haha they better buy a dumb phone. I suggest a ifruit phone. For dummies.
19. galanoth (Posts: 324; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
You can't even see the phone.
People just love to hate on Samsung.
20. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
It should be about Operation Systems, not manufacturers. Android and Windows Phone > IOS
55. marlboro (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
opinionated... definitely not an ios user!
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.
53. bucky (Posts: 1502; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
That's because samsung always pays for these things to be used and then deny it afterwards.
31. techloverNYC (Posts: 405; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
Another un American act by our beloved president.
32. frickbot (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)
Wait... Is this a big deal because the phone was used as a camera?
42. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 407; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Not a huge fan if this "selfie marketing" stuff.
44. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
White House is mad over this, and yet the government is nothing but a Corporatocracy now...oh the irony....
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?
45. deewinc (Posts: 158; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
White House should care about Android, owned by an American company =)
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.
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
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.
54. bucky (Posts: 1502; 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.
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!
62. darkkjedii (Posts: 11851; 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
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.
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
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.
78. donfem (Posts: 550; 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.
68. darkkjedii (Posts: 11851; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly bro. Well put, well said. As will I, I don't play that ish.
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
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!
71. rallyguy (Posts: 554; 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.
84. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Your kidding right? Ever hear of Fannie Mea and Freddie Mac?
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.
69. darkkjedii (Posts: 11851; 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
72. rallyguy (Posts: 554; 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.
80. donfem (Posts: 550; 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?
81. darkkjedii (Posts: 11851; 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?
83. rallyguy (Posts: 554; 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.
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.
90. roscuthiii (Posts: 1832; 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.