David Ortiz's Presidential Selfie was a Samsung Publicity Stunt, Imagine That?

By Mike Cardillo

Terrible — terrrrrrrible — news. That #selfie David Ortiz took with President Obama Tuesday at the White House, are you sitting down? It was all a stunt by Samsung. No word yet on who Jonny Gomes was promoting, other than himself, with his eye-catching red, white and blue blazer.

Ortiz signed an endorsement deal with Samsung on Monday, according to Sports Business Journal. Lo and behold the next day he took a selfie with the President, which circulated across the Internet and beyond.

The Boston Globe published this terrific quote from Samsung on Wednesday:

"“We were thrilled to see the special, historic moment David Ortiz captured with his Galaxy Note 3 during his White House visit,” the company said Tuesday. “It was an honor to help him capture such an incredible and genuine moment of joy and excitement. Similar to the selfie Ellen was able to capture during the Oscars, this was an opportunity for David to share the incredible moment with his fans."

"“When we heard about the visit to the White House, we worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans. We didn’t know if or what he would be able to capture using his Note 3 device.”"

Man … I’m totally disallusioned. What can we believe any more?