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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Kent Bush: W. wins selfie battle

  • I have to give the selfie battle championship to George W. Bush
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  • Selfie is the 2013 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year.
    It is also a not-so-new fad that is still new enough that the proper time and place for taking of a selfie needs to be codified.
    How many restaurants, sporting events and movie theaters have you been in over the past few months that didn't include a group of teenagers or old teenagers firing off photos of themselves and their friends?
    Normally, it is just a slightly obnoxious, somewhat comical expression of unrealistically high self-esteem.
    Is it your anniversary with your girlfriend? That's fine. Are you on vacation at a famous landmark? Sure.
    But I have to think that when our mobile phone overlords finally rule on the matter, taking selfies at a funeral will be considered a faux pas.
    I guess the memorial for Nelson Mandela must have felt a little more like a party than a funeral because America's last two Presidents were acting like Frat boys during Greek Week.
    I have to give the selfie battle championship to George W. Bush. He isn't in office anymore, but he scored a selfie with Bono – the lead singer for U2 who shares George W's interest in African health initiatives.
    His street cred skyrocketed when Bono posed with him.
    President Barack Obama lost this round in part because of the selfie he posed for and in part because of the result.
    After Obama sent the FOX News spin brigade to alert level fuschia by shaking hands with Cuba's President Raul Castro, he made heads explode on the internet with his selfie.
    Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt squeezed together for a photo I hope all three come to regret before the next big state funeral they attend. You think it is bad for George Costanza to double dip a chip at a wake? Taking a selfie at a memorial service is far worse.
    I wasn't the only one who got upset that Obama is posing for mobile phone cameras at a memorial service.
    Michelle Obama could have severed a presidential limb with her laser-eyed side-glance during the photo session. Soon after, she had positioned herself between the leader of the free world and the lovely blonde prime minister of Denmark. She looked like the angry mom at church who had to separate her kids because they just wouldn't shut up during the sermon.
    If the Obama house is anything like my house was growing up, that mad momma let him have it when they got back in the limo and headed for the hotel.
    I don't blame her one bit.
    Page 2 of 2 - Call me old fashioned but I just don't think that was the proper time and place to capture the moment.
    Kent Bush is the publisher of the Butler County Times Gazette and can be reached at: kbush@butlercountytimesgazette.com
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