The term “selfie,” like the one being taken here by President Barack Obama and others, became a controversial word and practice in 2013.

Obama Commits Faux Pas at Mandela's Memorial Service

Obama is caught taking a selfie with foreign dignitaries at Mandela's memorial service.

The term “selfie,” like the one being taken here by President Barack Obama and others, became a controversial word and practice in 2013.

The term “selfie,” like the one being taken here by President Barack Obama and others, became a controversial word and practice in 2013.

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After being declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionary it's clear that taking selfies is a popular activity for just about everyone. However, the question of whether or not there is ever a time or place where it might be deemed inappropriate to take a selfie was answered today on twitter and other social media web sites, when President Barack Obama was caught taking selfies with other foreign dignitaries at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

[READ: Oxford Dicitionary Names Selfie as Word of the Year]

Obama along with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron were caught snapping photos of themselves with a smartphone during the funeral service of the first black president of South Africa.

It's unclear whose smartphone is capturing the trio's smiling faces, USA Today reports, but Obama has stated that he does not own one due to security concerns.

 

After a photo of the selfie was posted to the New York Post's Twitter account, many responded by criticizing the president for the major faux pas.

As it turns out, the social media community wasn't the only one disappointed by the Obama's behavior. Michelle Obama was seen sitting next to the president, giving him a reproachful glare before she turned her concentration back to the ceremony.

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