The selfie seen round the world — namely President
But this was hardly a somber funeral in a cathedral. This was an hours-long funeral/tribute/homage to
And everyone is so busy trying to judge whether three world leaders — particularly Obama, first among equals — were acting appropriately that they've missed the real takeaway.
This was a fascinating glimpse of Obama — famous for not being an off-the-cuff schmoozer — and two other world leaders acting like goofy high school kids for just a minute. Putting their heads together, squeezing into the shot, smiling. Click. One spontaneous, un-orchestrated, even mischievous photo-op in three peoples' lives that are otherwise filled with meticulously planned photo-ops.
Of course, the unexplained element here is Michelle Obama, poker-faced, looking away one moment, then back at the incorrigible threesome. Is she giving her husband the side-eye? Maybe. And it only ramps up our ruminations when we see that the Danish prime minister is a striking blond.
However, according to the Agence France-Presse photographer who snapped the photos, just minutes before, Michelle Obama had been joking with the group.
But so what if she's giving him a bit of an attitude? They're married. They're allowed. That doesn't make her an angry black woman. It makes her a first lady looking out for her husband's image.
As for the selfie itself, frankly, I think, Nelson Mandela would have been charmed by it.