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Samsung helped David Ortiz take selfie with the president

Staged selfies might be the name of the game.

It started at the Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres's epic picture of celebrities and now it appears David Ortiz himself may be in on the action.

Samsung confirmed that it had helped Ortiz take today's selfie with President Obama. The mobile provider then promoted the picture on Twitter to the company's 5.2 million followers. That dwarfs Ortiz's 630,000 plus followers.

Trade publication Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that Ortiz had inked a new deal with the cell phone provider to become a social media insider.

As of 6 p.m. EDT, Samsung Mobile is promoting the tweet on on the social networking site, making sure it is seen by a wide swath of users. As Twitter users weighed in on the flick, which has currently been retweeted more than 34,000 times, the folks at Samsung Mobile smartly responded to individual users asking about the picture.

"We were thrilled to see the special, historic moment David Ortiz captured with his Galaxy Note 3 during his White House visit," the company said in a statement. "It was an honor to help him capture such an incredible and genuine moment of joy and excitement. Similar to the selfie Ellen was able to capture during the Oscars, this was an opportunity for David to share the incredible moment with his fans.

"When we heard about the visit to the White House, we worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans. We didn’t know if or what he would be able to capture using his Note 3 device."

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