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.
Super PAC App is a useful tool for measuring the length of a politician's nose
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And he probably didn't have to wait in line to get it
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The White House has released the official list:
John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo! (YHOO)
John Chambers, CEO, Cisco Systems (CSCO)
Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle (ORCL)
Reed Hastings, CEO, NetFlix (NLFX)
John Hennessy, president, Stanford University
Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple (AAPL)
Art Levinson, chairman, Genentech (DNA)
Eric Schmidt, CEO, Google (GOOG)
Steve Westly, managing partner, Westly Group
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook
President Obama is scheduled to meet Intel's (INTC) Paul Otellini in Oregon MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 17, 2011 6:23 PM ET
The President may carry a BlackBerry, but his assistants are glued to their Macs
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