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    Is President Barack Obama Proposing a Ban on Selfies? Find Out!

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    It's all fun and games until POTUS gets tricked…

    White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer has spoken out about the controversy swirling Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz's recent selfie with President Barack Obama.

    Unbeknownst to the president, the athlete had a paid deal with Samsung and took the photo as a means to get publicity for the company.

    "Maybe this will be the end of all selfies," he said on CBS's Face the Nation.

    "Someone who uses the president's likeness to promote a product…that's a problem with the White House."

    Pfeiffer added that White House lawyers have spoken with Samsung's legal team over the now-infamous selfie.

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    On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that there was "no discussion of a ban" on presidential selfies, despite the latest snafu.

    Last week, Carney explained, "As the rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purposes…we object in this case."

    Ortiz's lucrative deal with Samsung was revealed shortly after the photo made a splash online—in fact, it was even retweeted more than 42,000 times!

    The company insisted that Ortiz was signed on to "share images with fans" and that his photo with Obama was an organic moment captured on camera.

    Ortiz has since defended himself, saying, "The photo with the president was a one time in life type of moment. I didn't know that he was going to let me take a picture with him."

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