Obama’s Selfie Should Be Auctioned For Charity – PM Cameron Suggests
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David Cameron has launched a personal bid to save the controversial “selfie” photo of him with US President Barack Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
The picture was taken by the Dane during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela last week and led to accusations of insensitivity and bad taste.
Mrs Thorning-Schmidt was ready to destroy the image after being embarrassed over the furore but Mr Cameron has stepped in and urged it to be auctioned off for charity instead, the Sunday Times reported.
It is understood the Prime Minister told his Danish counterpart it could raise a substantial amount of money during a private conversation last week.
A source told the newspaper: “Helle wanted to delete it but Cameron urged her not to.
“He pointed out that it could raise a lot of money.”
Mr Cameron has already defended taking part in the “selfie” saying it was “only polite to say yes” when Mrs Thorning-Schmidt asked him.
The Danish PM, who is the daughter-in-law of former Labour leader Lord Kinnock, said last week that it was not inappropriate and was just “a bit of fun”.
Downing Street has not denied the conversation between the two prime ministers but has refused to elaborate.
It is likely the photograph, which has not been seen in public yet, would generate a lot of interest if it was auctioned off.
Andrew Parsons, of the i-Images picture agency and who has regularly photographed Mr Cameron, told the newspaper: “We’ve all seen the picture from the front, it would be great to see how it looked from the other side of the camera.”
Asked about it in the House of Commons last week, Mr Cameron said: “In my defence, I would say that Nelson Mandela played an extraordinary role in his life and in his death in 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.”
- Daily Telegraph
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