13-year-old Mika Taylor was denied a “selfie” with President Barack Obama Saturday when he arrived to a U.S. army base in Seoul.
Taylor and a group of her friends from the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan were waiting with a bright orange sign for the president’s arrival, which read: “MR. PRESIDENT MAY A [sic] HAVE A SELFIE WITH YOU?”
When Obama passed Taylor, he said that he’d have to take a selfie with everyone if he took one with her.
“Just take a picture of me as I’m going by,” Obama said.
Though Obama denied Taylor, he didn’t fail to take a picture with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak less than 24 hours later.
Obama was criticized earlier this month when he took a separate selfie with Red Sox legend David Ortiz – the two used a Samsung smartphone, which Ortiz was signed on to promote.
Press Secretary Jay Carney pointed out that when someone tries to use the president’s likeness to promote a product, it’s a problem. However, there will not be a ban on presidential selfies any time soon.