Today, President Barack Obama took a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s official memorial service in South Africa. The world went wild. And yes, that is news.
To be honest, it was less about the selfie, snapped with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt‘s phone, than the chain reaction caused after that selfie. And if the picture above is any indication, well, the reaction we’re referring to is all in First Lady Michelle Obama’s face.
Let’s face it, we can all literally feel the shade oozing from the picture. It’s real. Like…damn. Michelle is NOT impressed. She’s clearly upset that Obama is schmoozing with that blonde lady with the cameraphone.
Wrong. Twitter and media outlets claiming that Obama’s in the doghouse for flirting with Thorning-Schmidt may have been mistaken. FLOTUS could care less about Obama and his selfie. You just don’t understand her bitchy-resting face. It’s just her face. And she’s actually happy:
But playing devil’s advocate, let’s just say she was annoyed at the service. If it wasn’t because of “selfie-gate,” maybe it was because…
It was raining. And she had to move her head towards Obama so her perfect blow-out wouldn’t frizz up, not because she needed to see what he was doing with Thorning-Schmidt.
So she and the President switched seats after the selfie NOT because she was trying to wedge some distance between the Danish PM and her husband, but because he got the best seat in the house and wasn’t getting rained on.
Or maybe she was really tired. She did have to hop on a flight from D.C. to South Africa and sit on a plane for hours with George W. Bush and wife Laura. Isn’t that enough to warrant this face?
Or maybe the camera caught her at a bad angle. We all think we know what this looks like. Someone is sleeping on the couch. But let’s examine what’s really going on. FNB Stadium in Johannesburg is huge. Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon was speaking. And the Jumbotron came in handy. She’s not rolling her eyes…she’s looking up.
BUT! Let’s just say she was throwing shade at her husband and the Prime Minister. If we know anything about our First Lady, it’s that she has class. So jealousy is not her cup of tea. But embarrassment…
That’s totally not far-fetched. And this could totally be a look leading up to a face-palm because instead of paying attention, Obama decided to verb the word of the year…Selfie.
So the internet only got it half right. Shade at the woman? Probably not. Shade at her husband’s decision to selfie at that very moment? Chances are we probably nailed it.
But in the end, we’re all human, right? And we’ve all selfied. Like a lot.
Time to forgive and forget.
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