From left: British Prime Minister David Cameron, Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning and President Barack Obama
12/10/2013 at 03:15 PM EST
Did President Obama
really join in a group selfie
during Tuesday's memorial service
for the late South African President Nelson Mandela
Indeed he did, joining British Prime Minister David Cameron
and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in a grinning snap as the trio sat among world leaders at the FNB soccer stadium where thousands of mourners paid tribute
, USA Today reported
The selfie drew some criticism in the blogosphere
where some have chided it as in poor taste, given the solemnity of the occasion as South Africans and others around the world mourned their global human rights icon who died last Thursday at 95.
The group was all smiles as Thorning-Schmidt held out her phone, flanked by her world leader counterparts who squeezed in for a close-up. First Lady Michelle Obama
, however, maintained her dignified composure, staying out of the shot and looking straight ahead as she sat among the crowd of dignitaries – a moment curated on a Tumblr page dedicated to "Selfies At Funerals."