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December 15, 2013

DUVALL: Presidential selfie a nonstory

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Tonawanda News — Sorry, Republicans, but the president was decidedly not snapping kooky photos at a funeral.

But more than the cheap points scored by tagging a politician in the ever-running Beltway tit-for-tat, I’ve got a larger question: Why shouldn’t the president take a selfie?

Politicians and pundits pantomime these lives most people don’t even want them to live. Pols want us to believe they’re not like regular people. But we want politicians who seem authentic, genuine, affable. 

There’s a disconnect here and it baffles me.

Why should I think less of Obama for snapping a selfie? When I was at the Met in New York I snapped a half dozen shots of myself in front of famous paintings and sculptures. They’re great photos and it was fun to revel in the childishness of the whole thing.

Besides, at some point today’s Facebook generation will run the world. Then we’ll have serious people who look decidedly unserious when we check their Facebook history. The Internet will be flooded with photos of a someday-president mugging for his (or her) cellphone. We won’t have to ask if they smoked pot in college because there will be Instagram photos of them doing it for all the world to see.

We can’t sanitize our personas anymore. The world is too small.

So we caught the president in a moment of genuine, if slightly goofy, levity. Where’s the scandal?

Mr. President, I say selfie to your heart’s content. 

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at eric.duvall@tonawanda-news.com or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.

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