Obama's selfie at Mandela service sets off Twitteruption

Much ado was made Tuesday morning on social media when President Barack Obama was photographed shaking the hand of Cuban leader Raul Castro at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

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But that mild uproar was quickly surpassed when Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt apparently snapped a selfie during the service. The image was captured and distributed by Getty Images.

According to the New York Daily News, Thorning-Schmidt has met Obama on numerous occasions, including a White House visit in February 2012 and the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012.

The news goes on to report that Thorning-Schmidt apparently was in an upbeat mood throughout the service and was seen typing on her smart phone on several occasions. The president also was photographed smiling and interacting with her.

In contrast, Michelle Obama seemed to keep her somber (irritated?) mood during the entire service. Except for that last photo (which to be fair, we have no idea when it was taken in the sequence). Detente? Or cold war?

Click through our photo gallery to see how the scene unfolded.

Obama's selfie at Mandela service sets off Twitteruption 12/10/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:11am]

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