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Obama selfie: How did it unfold?

Updated 11:14 AM ET, Thu December 12, 2013
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Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt shares a joke with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Nelson Mandela memorial as UK Prime Minister David Cameron looks on. AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
All together now, smile!
Obama poses for a selfie with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, known as "Gucci Helle" in her country for her love of designer clothes, and Cameron. First Lady Michelle Obama looks elsewhere.
AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
Has Cameron photo-bombed the event or is Thorning-Schmidt pulling him into the frame? AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
"OK, did that work?"
Opinion is divided online whether the leaders' behavior was appropriate. Some on Twitter described the selfie as "horrible" while others said "honestly don't see what all the fuss is about." However, the AFP photographer who captured the event, Roberto Schmidt, said: "It makes me a little sad we are so obsessed with day-to-day trivialities, instead of things of true importance."
AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
The memorial was not a funeral, but the creator of "Selfies at Funerals" Tumblr described it as one. "Obama has taken a funeral selfie," Jason Feifer wrote. "So our work here is done." AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
Entente cordiale? Obama and Thorning-Schmidt continue their mission to improve transatlantic relations. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE
Later on for reasons unknown, and it may have been when the president left to give his speech, the Obamas swap places so the First Lady sits between the two leaders. CNN