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The AFP photographer who snapped the photos at the Nelson Mandela memorial of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark taking a selfie, as well as others that appeared to show Michelle Obama annoyed at her husband talking with the attractive female Danish prime minister, has come forward to say the hoopla around the photos has been blown out of proportion.

Roberto Schmidt wrote of the selfie seen 'round the world: "All around me in the stadium, South Africans were dancing, singing and laughing to honor their departed leader. It was more like a carnival atmosphere, not at all morbid. . . . I didn't see anything shocking in my viewfinder, president of the U.S. or not." IN fact, he said, "I though the world leaders were simply acting like human beings."

As for the supposedly unhappy Michelle Obama, Schmidt said "photos can lie," stating that the first lady were  herself joking with the people around her, including the Danish prime minister.