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Team USA Olympians

Warned at White House

NO SELFIES WITH OBAMA

4/7/2014 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0407-obama-twitter-01David Ortiz ruined it for everyone ... because when Team USA visited the White House last week, they were warned to NOT take selfies with the President ... multiple sources tell TMZ Sports.

FYI -- roughly 200 Olympic athletes met with President Obama and the First Lady last week -- and were told by White House staffers they did NOT want them taking Presidential selfies. 

One source tells us the athletes were instructed to "not to even try it."

Of course, it all seems to be the fallout from the incident with Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, who took a selfie with Obama while using a Samsung camera last week -- and the company then used the pic in a promotional campaign. 

We're told the Olympians followed instructions and no one got an Obama-selfie ... and thanks to Oritiz, it seems no one ever will again. 

We called the White House for comment -- so far, no word back ... but White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer had previously expressed disappointment with the Ortiz situation and had said "perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies."
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24 COMMENTS

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1.

Rigby    

That's soooo lame!!! Why can't you take a picture with the President (selfie) I don't see a problem other than the annoying people who complain about everything..

201 days ago
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Sally M    

Nice going Samsung! I think you should have known that would NOT be cool. Too greedy and thought you'd make a buck.

201 days ago
3.

jkhenry    

Who in their right mind would want to be in a photo with that POS

201 days ago
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K South West    

Everyone who signed up for that Socialist program Obamacare should receive a free selfie and a tshirt

201 days ago
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PG    

Lame.

201 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Blame David Ortiz and Samsung's corporate greed, azzholes

201 days ago
7.

baby    

i think he should be worried about russia or finding jobs so people can afford the high health care he is now enforcing upon us, not act like a celeb. he is an embarrassment to our country.

201 days ago
8.

Constance    

All this disrespect for the POTUS. No wonder other countries don't respect us! It's not because of Obama...it's because of the ignorance of the citizens that's being displayed here. Freedom of speech my @$$! Have some fkn respect!!!

201 days ago
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oh really     

Big Red Sox fan, but David shouldnt have used the President for a Samsung advertisement, he was getting paid for

201 days ago
10.

lcmb    

Does the President ever.....you know...run the country?

201 days ago
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Cromulent    

So its ok to do a selfie at Mandela's funeral to help you score primo Danish PM tail, but if someone does it on *your* turf that's bad. Gotcha.

201 days ago
12.

Vote2012    

They should not be warning the visitors, they should be warning Barry Obama about selfies, he is the clown in all the pictures. He has degraded the office of the President with his childish conduct, while he continues everyday to destroy this country.

200 days ago

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