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Infamous selfie not a problem with president


Jay Y. Lee, third from right, Samsung Electronics vice chairman, and other business leaders attend a breakfast meeting and business roundtable with U.S. President Barack Obama. The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea hosted the event Saturday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hannam-dong, central Seoul. [NEWSIS]

As far as U.S. President Barack Obama is concerned, the selfie taken of him with a Galaxy Note was no problem.

According to sources in the business community, that’s what Obama told Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee at a breakfast meeting with business leaders Saturday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The event was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

Samsung has been criticized that it has commercially used the president in promoting the Galaxy Note 3 after a photo of Obama taking a selfie with the Galaxy Note 3 was released on Twitter.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, who won the World Series last year, took a selfie with Obama with his Galaxy Note 3 during a ceremony on April 1 on the South Lawn of the White House.

Ortiz posted the photo to his Twitter account and it was retweeted more than 40,000 times.

It became a sensitive issue when the White House announced that it opposed Samsung using the photo for commercial purposes.

Considering Obama’s remarks to Lee and the fact that the White House has been testing Samsung smartphones, industry sources predicted that the selfie controversy will not become a hurdle in the devices being chosen by the White House for its staff.

The list of the attendees of the event include Federation of Korean Industries Chairman Huh Chang-soo, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Park Yong-man, Korea International Trade Association Chairman Han Duk-soo, Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo and Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin.

Jay Y. Lee attended on behalf of Chairman Lee Kun-hee.


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