President Obama was seen snapping a “selfie” at former South African President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday.
The commander-in-chief was photographed posing for a phone pic with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, while a stern-faced Michelle Obama sat next to him, during the ceremony in Johannesburg.
The image of the world leaders’ snapshot ignited a flash of reaction on social networking sites, inspiring the hashtag #selfiesatfunerals on Twitter.
Obama isn’t the only member of the first family to get in on the “selfie” phenomenon. Michelle Obama shared her own photo with dog Bo on Twitter and Instagram back in August as part of a National Geographic initiative to create the world’s largest online animal photo album.
“Selfie” — defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website,” — was recently named Oxford Dictionary’s “2013 word of the year.”