“That was one of those things that just happened. I gave him the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a shot with my phone while I have the chance.
“It had nothing to do with no deals.”
However, the fine folks over at Samsung (send me a phone please) confirmed Ortiz has a deal with the company and distributed the photo to its 5 million Twitter followers.
“It was an honor to help [Ortiz] capture such an incredible and genuine moment of joy and excitement. 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.”
The White House is reportedly miffed about the whole selfie subterfuge. According to the AP, White House press secretary Jay Carney says the White House "objects any time the president's image is used for commercial purposes."
Carney didn't say whether the White House has asked Samsung to stop using the image.