FORTUNE -- In case you haven't seen it, here's how Boston Red Sox slugger David ("Big Papi") Ortiz managed to enlist President Barack Obama in a Samsung promotional campaign.
Samsung retweeted Ortiz' selfie to its 5.2 million Twitter followers and told the Boston Globe that it was "thrilled to see the special, historic moment David Ortiz captured with his Galaxy Note 3."
The White House was not so thrilled.
"I can say that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purposes," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday. "And we certainly object in this case."
"Object" is about all the White House can do. Even Samsung has First Amendment rights.
President Obama told Ellen Degeneres last month that he thought her Oscar selfie -- the one that famously overtook his post-election snapshot to become the world's most widely shared tweet -- was "a pretty cheap stunt."
For the video of that exchange, see below.
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The White House says Amazon's warehouses provide "high-wage" jobs. Not quite.
FORTUNE -- Amazon's announcement that it is planning to create thousands of new jobs in warehouses across the country is good news. Thousands more Americans will be working, paying taxes, and shopping. It will pull some families out of poverty and keep some others from falling into it.
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An excerpt from his acceptance speech, offered in context and without comment
FORTUNE -- The Republican candidate for President mentioned Apple (AAPL) and Steve Jobs in his acceptance speech at the party's convention Thursday night. Here's what he had to say:
When I was 37, I helped start a small company. My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.
So some of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 31, 2012 11:43 AM ET
The education of Jim Messina, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, started at Apple
FORTUNE -- In the current issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, Joshua Green tells the story of how Jim Messina, Barack Obama's campaign manager, got what Green describes as "the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken," starting with Apple's (AAPL) Steve Jobs:
In two long, private conversations, Steve Jobs tore into Messina for all the White House was doing wrong MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 15, 2012 7:20 AM ET
The Oracle of Omaha has a second rule: Don't buy companies you don't understand
FORTUNE -- Some 18,300 people -- more than attended Barack Obama's massive campaign kickoff Saturday -- showed up for Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK-A) annual shareholder's meeting in Omaha yesterday. And judging from the New York Times' live blog, it was a lot of fun. There were cartoons and comedic skits and celebrity appearances, including Bono, Bill Gates and Debbie ("Buffett Rule") Bosanek, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 6, 2012 11:34 AM ET
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"We should support everyone who's willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs." -- Barack Obama during his State of the Union address (TechCrunch)
* Apple (AAPL) surprised everyone by reporting huge numbers for its latest quarter. iPhone sales spiked 128%, iPad MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 25, 2012 11:37 AM ET
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