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Obama Takes Memorial-Service Selfie; Michelle Declines to Participate With Her Eyes

 US President  Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95.  Presidential overbite.

Barack Obama, David Cameron, and Danish Prime Minister¬†Helle Thorning-Schmidt made the Selfies at Funerals Tumblr today on a stretch — it was actually Nelson Mandela's memorial service, not technically a funeral — but that should take nothing away from the magical, modern image. 2013 could not have ended without it. Michelle Obama, meanwhile, was definitely in her zone.

The wonderfully expressive¬†— some would say shade-throwing¬†— First Lady was not in on the world-leader powwow, allowing the Internet to construct a narrative around her. In still photos, Obama and Thorning-Schmidt smiled, while Michelle, perhaps owing to the serious occasion, did not:

And while video from the event shows Barack sitting next to his Danish colleague, with Michelle to his left ...

At some point, for some reason, the Obamas switched places:

Now surely there is a practical explanation for the musical chairs — perhaps the president got up to speak or use the bathroom and Michelle decided to scoot over for a friendly chat. Yes, that must be it.

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Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images