Photographer Says Michelle Obama Wasn't Mad Over Obama's Selfie At Mandela's Memorial

News & Views | Bené Viera | 12/11/2013 | 10:44 AM EST

Photag speaks out about president's selfie at Mandela's memorial that made first 'mad'

Did President Obama tick the First Lady off when he posed for a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British PM David Cameron at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday morning?


Obama’s selfie-gate has made several headlines with reports claiming Michelle Obama didn’t look thrilled with her husband chumming it up with Thorning-Schmidt at a funeral service. The New York Daily News posted a string of photos of the FLOTUS looking unimpressed and distant.


Due to all of the hoopla, AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt wrote a blog titled "The story behind ‘that selfie.’" He insists that Mrs. Obama wasn’t angry. He suggests that her “stern” look was captured by chance.


“Photos can lie,” Schmidt wrote in the blog.


The photographer says the FLOTUS had been joking and laughing with other dignitaries just moments before the selfie.


“Her stern look was captured by chance,” he wrote.


Perhaps the photo wouldn’t have gotten any attention if there wasn’t this inaccurate narrative that some talking heads and media have tried to paint of Mrs. Obama as the stereotypical Angry Black Woman. The fact that she defies that stereotype so well probably gets under some folks’ skin.


The photographer says he was sporadically snapping his camera wanting to catch the leaders being human just like the rest of us. He says it’s unfortunate the images have caused such an unnecessary fuss.


“I guess it’s a sign of our times that somehow this image seemed to get more attention than the event itself, he wrote. "Go figure.”


Sometimes photos do lie. All is well in the world with the POTUS and FLOTUS.

(Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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