Sadly, South African president and longtime humanitarian Nelson Mandela passed away a few days ago. The living US presidents, with the exceptions of George Bush Sr, attended the funeral. Since then, two pictures have surfaced from the ceremony. The first is one of United States President Barack Obama taking a cell phone "selfie" with the Prime Minister of Denmark. The second picture, which seems to be taken only moments later, shows First Lady Michelle Obama switching seats with her husband. In both photos, she has a very annoyed/disgusted look on her face.
I know different countries and cultures have different ways of memorializing the dead, but at the same time, I feel as though President Obama did a very lousy job representing America that day. To me, it was a rude, crass, and self-centered gesture. If I was sitting behind someone at a funeral and witnessed that sort of behavior, I admit I would have been tempted to say something- cell phones just don't seem to be an appropriate venue for funerals or other sol om occasions.