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David Ortiz tricks Obama into Samsung selfie

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.

Contact Stephanie Grimes at sgrimes@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @stephgrimes

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