Obama Selfie Offensive? Nelson Mandela Funeral Photo Reportedly Leaves Michelle Obama Furious [PHOTOS]

By Cammy Harbison December 10, 2013 7:29 PM EST
A rumor that Michelle Obama was angry at the President for taking a selfie and Nelson Mandela's funeral was the the talk of the web Tuesday. (Photo: Reuters)
A rumor that Michelle Obama was angry at the President for taking a selfie and Nelson Mandela's funeral was the the talk of the web Tuesday. (Photo: Reuters)

The Obama selfie at Nelson Mandela's funeral has been the talk of the Web today as the President was seen grinning into the camera of Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. While the fact that President Obama was caught taking a selfie at the somber event had a few people a little uptight, it was the expression of First Lady Michelle Obama that really caught social media's attention.

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Presdient Obama's funeral selife with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has gotten plenty of reactions -- including this one from First Lady Michelle Obama (Photo: Twitter)
Presdient Obama's funeral selife with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has gotten plenty of reactions -- including this one from First Lady Michelle Obama (Photo: Twitter)

Was Michelle Obama mad? Or was that downcast face just an expression of sorrow for the loss of a civil liberties hero like Nelson Mandela? Either way, the Internet has done its best to make a massive Mt. Everest-sized mountain out of what is likely a molehill.

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Of course, it's hard to know whether Michelle Obama was really angry with President Obama for taking a selfie at a funeral. A few other photos that were taken moments before and after the Obama selfie seem to tell an interesting story. In the series of Nelson Mandela funeral photos that are beings shared on social media, we see a jovial President Obama sharing a light moment with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

The President and Prime Minister are seen laughing and smiling as they share a joke in their adjoining seats, while the First Lady sits to the left of President Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle looking pensive. At one point, a photo captured President Obama lightly touching the shoulder of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as First Lady Michelle Obama appeared to cast a downward glance at the pair.

First Lady Michelle Obama appears to give the President and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
First Lady Michelle Obama appears to give the President and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt "the eye" after the two took a selfie together at the Nelson Mandela funeral Tuesday (Photo: Twitter)

The next photo shows FLOTUS sitting between President Obama and Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, leading many to believe she had had enough of President Obama's selfies and was going to put a stop to any more silliness by making him trade seats.

Did First Lady Michelle Obama really make President Obama trade seats after the funeral selfie with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt? (Photo: Twitter)
Did First Lady Michelle Obama really make President Obama trade seats after the funeral selfie with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt? (Photo: Twitter)

No one knows the details of what happened at Nelson Mandela's funeral, and it's quite likely the entire situation is being taken out of context. After all, it was a cold, windy and rainy day. It's possible Michelle Obama was looking to trade seats to avoid the wind blowing on her hair. And a facial expression can often be misleading. As far as President Obama taking a selfie at the Nelson Mandela funeral, he wasn't the only one. President Bush and U2's Bono were also seen posing with a grin at the somber event.

Whether or not Michelle Obama was furious about President Obama's selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during the Nelson Mandela funeral, the Internet is weighing in. Check out some of the responses to the President's Nelson Mandela funeral selfies:

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