South African Selfie: Someone Wasn’t Smiling

Photograph by Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, center, next to First Lady Michelle Obama during the memorial service of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

Updated Dec. 11 at 6:35 am EST

Sometimes a picture tells no words at all.

Then again, a few frames of President Barack Obama and the prime minister of Denmark seated alongside a first lady who appears unamused can go a long way.

PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, meet Michelle Obama.

It was the selfie that got the Twitter-ball rolling today, with this selection from the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.

(At least British PM David Cameron was having a good time.)

It’s a long flight home from South Africa today.

The president and first lady returned to the White House Wednesday morning shortly before 6 am EST, closing a 45-hour trip to South Africa and back.

As they walked from Marine One on the South Lawn to the residence, the pooler noted, the two were holding hands.

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