British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday it was “only polite” to agree to pose in a “selfie” with the Danish prime minister and President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday. 


Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt actually snapped the picture. She is the daughter-in-law of Lord Kinnock, a former Labour leader in Britain, according to The Telegraph

Cameron defended his decision and said Mandela brought people together both in his life and his death. 

“In my defense I would say that Nelson Mandela played an extraordinary role in his life and in his death by bringing people together, so of course when a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say ‘yes,’ ” he said.

Cameron’s response followed a member of parliament asking him, slyly, if he had a chance to discuss cellphone international roaming charges with any heads of state in the last few days — charges that would be abolished if the country remained part of the European Union. 

President Obama is receiving grief for the photo, but a number of other leaders snapped pictures during the service as well.