The 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox went to the White House on Tuesday to celebrate, and David Ortiz marked the occasion by snapping a selfie with the president.
Ortiz, Boston’s best-known player, presented Pres. Obama with a “44” Sox jersey before taking out his phone and requesting a photo. He tweeted, “What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama.”
Samsung retweeted the photo almost immediately, and told curious followers the photo was shot with a GalaxyNote3.
Boston.com confirmed the shot was part of a marketing campaign for Samsung, who has paid to promote it on Twitter. Ortiz had signed a deal with Samsung on Monday to become a social media insider.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told Bloomberg the White House had no prior knowledge the photo would become part of a marketing campaign. The president’s image is normally protected from unauthorized endorsement.