White House lawyers talk with Samsung about Ortiz selfie

White House lawyers talk with Samsung about Ortiz selfie
Just when you thought that you had heard the last about that selfie of Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and President Barack Obama, the topic became fodder for the Sunday afternoon panel discussion shows. Believe it or not, in a world where there is trouble in the Ukraine, trouble with the president's healthcare website, a triple-digit decline in the NASDAQ index, and a shooting at a U.S. military base, a picture taken with a smartphone has become a major story in Washington D.C.

On CBS News' Face The Nation on Sunday, Obama's senior advisor, Dan Pfeiffer, was asked about the selfie. He reiterated earlier reports which said that the president had no idea that Ortiz had just signed a deal with Samsung to promote the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the day before the selfie was taken. Pfeiffer added that whenever the president is being used to promote a product, it is a concern for the president's counsel.

The most interesting question asked by host Bob Schieffer, was whether the White House was considering legal action against Samsung. Pfeiffer replied that the White House had spoken with Samsung and had "expressed their concerns." When asked how Samsung responded, Pfeiffer said that he would leave that up to the lawyers to talk about.

You can check out this particular segment from Face The Nation by clicking on the video below. The fun and festivities start at the 5:47 mark.

source: YouTube via Engadget



30. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

there's a BIG difference in saying "Ukraine" and "The Ukraine." the latter undermines Ukraine's independence. it will irk Ukrainians. it will favor the hegemonic Russians.

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Typical whitehouse bureaucrat. why the heck everyong think that SAMSUNG is promoting when they see some celebrity doing a selfie shot with someone for? First Ellen now this

27. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Apple is sulking in the corner while craddling Job's tombstone

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sweet selfie, I love both of those cats. The jedsters selfies rock more though.

18. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Yeah. If it was Apple then it would be okay.

17. MyLifeOnline

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

There wasn't issues with the website. It was people either trying to sign up for Health care all day at the same time because it was the last day (unexpected servers crashing because of procrastinators) , or they intentionally shut it down because the dead line was met and they have to wait until the next enrollment period. Just a little advice is to make sure you have accurate information before finalizing posts.

26. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You must work for the administration, because your full of lame excuses.

14. Gawain

Posts: 452; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Dan Pfeiffer is a f**k**g tool. No better example of a guy that holds water for an incompetent administration and doesn't even know how f**k**g stupid he is.

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

They are making out this to be a big issues....to hide real problems...

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

That Obama's selfie was less popular than Ellen's?

25. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Real talk.

5. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Do you guys not check your facts? There is no trouble with the Health care website. It's been fixed for months.

13. Alan01

Posts: 669; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Not true. On March 31st, the site was down all day. Alan F.

16. willard12 unregistered

It was down twice on March 31st and fixed both times. Either way, the first open enrollment period ended March 31st and there are "currently" no issues with a website. So, you can take one off the list.

32. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

How was it down all day, when I used it that exact day to compare the ACA plans with what plans my company offered??? It may have been down part of the day, but "all day" is hyperbolic.

24. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Ha ha...owned. Peasant.

3. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Meh, they're making things like this a big deal. So pointless, so stupid.

2. talon95

Posts: 1012; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

This is just dumb. The president is holding up a Red Sox jersy and then they say he can't promote a product? The samsung device isn't even in the pic it took, so it was other people who took the picture that contained what phone took the picture. And if merely taking a picture with a device constitutes promotion then I don't think the president can take any pictures at all, or ride in any vehicle, or wear any clothes. Yikes :) Samsung must love it. It's the negative publicity that makes the news. If anything the president's own legal action is a greater source of publicity than the selfie ever was. It's like with the Apple lawsuits, they probably end up paying a billion but make 2 billion from the publicity it generates.

4. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That's actually a good argument talon95

7. Whopyourass unregistered

Talon95: Geez what a brainless dumb argument you make here. Do you even know the difference between an intended publicity drive and an unintended publicity stunt here? LMAO. The President holding up a Red Sox Jersey is pure legitimate because it's part of the intended event that he's attended, so whatever coverage he enjoys there is already known to everyone. But whats going on here that's UNKNOWN to the POTUS and his staff is that some sneaky marketing people behind Samsung decided to make use of Big Papi's sponsored Samsung phone to take a selfie with the President and then use it as blatantly as their marketing material as if the White House approved of it. And Samsung promoted it. For that, Samsung deserves to be blasted, Hell Yeah. Do u bother to think carefully before you drafted your argument? Think! If a celeb like e.g. Miley Cyrus gets approached by some random fella who asks to take a photo with her and he's holding a bag of Potato Chips. Celebrity suspects nothing and allows him to take a photo together, and BOOM! Suddenly this photo appears on Twitter one day later with the tagline: " Great Shot, we LOVE Ruffles Potato Chips! " So you mean there's nothing wrong with it? LOL. If you dun think there's anything wrong. Then I have this to say to you: The next time I see u on the streets, I'm gonna snap a photo of you. Nothing wrong you say? Next I'm gonna put your photo up on Twitter and say " Never take XXX brand pills, cos they suck. Look what happens to you. Courtesy of Brand AAA. " LMAO.

8. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Your argument is not based on jealousy : It's "flirting" for little green thumbs.

9. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

As a Samsung fanboy your feelings are hurt. And that's understandable...Not it's not. Your argument is stupid. They did some dirt and now they will pay. Period.

10. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Grow up!!

11. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

It's just a photo. Relax. Everywhere the president goes he's taken photos of. SMH why anyone would be bothered by this, unless they're just Samsung haters.

15. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

its not... its a non american firm which used the president for a promo... that means war :D

21. RodStiffington

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

Whopyourass, the education system has failed you. 1. Using "brainless dumb" is a literal redundancy. 2. Your definitions of publicity “drive” and “stunt” are, in fact, your definitions based on observation. How can you criticize anyone who doesn’t abide by your unknown definitions? Is everyone “brainless dumb” for not purchasing your most recently published dictionary? I’m sure your version clearly defines the differences between a publicity drive, and publicity stunt. 3. Just because you don’t agree with Samsung’s marketing tactics doesn’t make their efforts a “stunt.” In marketing, thousands of companies are making ALL the attempts at gaining the views attention. Not dozens of attempts, not many attempts, but all the attempts. This is the reality of their business environment. Don’t like what happens as a result? You have the God given right to move along. 4. It’s either “purely legitimate” or “pure legitimacy.” Using “pure legitimate” does a disservice to both words. 5. The President of the United States (POTUS) often holds photo opportunities with a wide array of individuals, who unknowingly have their likeness used in promotional material specifically benefiting the President. The Presidency isn’t a commercial enterprise, so news features equate to informative advertisements. 6. Side note: you have to state the components of the words or phrases you use within an acronym, before you actually start using the acronym itself. How are readers supposed to know what are SNAP benefits, if you’ve never written Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? 7. David Ortiz took a picture, and didn’t use Samsung’s name anywhere. Oh no, @SamsungMobileUS retweeted the picture?!? A scandal befitting a House Oversight Committee, indeed! 8. It’s either “If a celeb like Miley Cyrus…” or using “e.g. Miley Cyrus….” Another redundancy. 9. Your Miley Cyrus, random person, Ruffles example would be quite fitting…if the RANDOM PERSON WAS WORLD FAMOUS BASEBALL PLAYER!!! Mouth-breather! A random person holding Ruffles bag DOES NOT EQUAL David Ortiz! Also, if your example is to be comparative, the random person couldn’t be displaying any product, and couldn’t have a product centered tagline because Ortiz display anything or USE a tagline! 10. A more astute example would be Ray-Ban signing David Ortiz to a sponsorship deal the day before a photo opportunity with the President. The Ray-Ban case would be on worse footing, because his glasses actually say Ray-Ban on the corner, and are featured in the picture itself. No mention of Samsung at all in the tweet. 11. If the National Football League (NFL) uses Panasonic High Definition (HD) cameras to broadcast the Super Bowl, no one would know unless someone took a picture of the camera itself. The same concept is applied to this situation. Please read a book, or at the very least, a scientific magazine once in a while. You need more perspective.

22. Whopyourass unregistered

@Rodstiffington: I didn't read your nonsensical wall and text and hit the reply button LOLLLLL. All I wanna say is STFU and nobody even bothers to like your wall of Crap. Talk to my Hand. Wooo !!~~

28. Korgoth22

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

What's wrong with you, are you 13 years old or something? The man just made you look like an uneducated loser, & you respond with "LOLLL" & "STFU". Rodstiffington +1 FTW.

19. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Merely taking a picture is not a problem, but Samsung used this image for publicity which is NOT acceptable in any way unless you're a Samsung fanboy or supporter..

23. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

President Obama, no matter how horrible of a job he has done or is doing, is a public figure in the public domain. Unless Samsung said somewhere that Obama supports the device or product, there's no case here. And to put some of you slight-minded people to rest, I am neither a Democrat or Republican, and I also use an iPad, a Moto tablet, and a Nokia smartphone. I call shots like I see them, point blank, from a better position than from inside my rectum.

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