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David Ortiz on White House selfie: 'Cha-ching!' [Video]

If you were listening closely to Tuesday's White House ceremony for the Red Sox, it was pretty clear that David Ortiz was being compensated for his now-famous Samsung selfie with President Barack Obama.

During the moment when Ortiz was taking the selfie with the president, you could hear someone who sounded like Jonny Gomes shouting "cha-ching" -- the sound of a cash register -- after the photo was taken.

When Ortiz spoke after the official ceremony, he also said "cha-ching" when asked about the selfie while Gomes chimed in with a "re-tweet."

When Ortiz was asked about the selfie in the Red Sox clubhouse before Wednesday's game, he said the selfie with the president was spontaneous and that "cha-ching" means "got it." Ortiz said the phrase "is [Red Sox clubhouse] language, not anybody else's."

In a post on BusinessWeek.com today, Joshua Green writes that he asked White House spokesperson and Red Sox fan Jay Carney if Obama was aware that he was being enlisted in an advertising campaign. “POTUS did not know,” Carney said in an e-mail to Green.

Green goes on to write:

Duping the president of the United States into participating with your social media campaign has to be a new low for advertising. It’s flat-out shady. And Ortiz should be embarrassed. That’s a Yankee move. I don’t know what sort of phone the president is carrying in his pocket these days. But if I were him, I’d go shoot a selfie on a new iPhone.

Ortiz's agent disputed the claim on Wednesday, telling the Boston Herald, “That was all spontaneous — he was just pumped up to be with the President," said Radetzky. “As he put it, in his own words, ‘Bro, when’s the last time I’m going to have a picture with the most powerful man in the world?’ To say it was planned by this or orchestrated by that, that’s misleading. I don’t want to sound too political here, but the bottom line is he loves his Samsung phone and wanted to take a picture. Obviously, it was good exposure using his phone. But it was from the heart. He was pumped up and excited."

For more on Selfiegate, read Eric Wilbur's column on the topic. And watch the short video embedded above to hear the "cha-chings."

We'll have more from Ortiz who spoke about the topic today from the Red Sox clubhouse in Baltimore.

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If you were listening closely to Tuesday's White House ceremony for the Red Sox, it was pretty clear that David Ortiz was being compensated for his now-famous Samsung selfie with President Barack Obama.

During the moment when Ortiz was taking the selfie with the president, you could hear someone who sounded like Jonny Gomes shouting "cha-ching" -- the sound of a cash register -- after the photo was taken.

When Ortiz spoke after the official ceremony, he also said "cha-ching" when asked about the selfie while Gomes chimed in with a "re-tweet."

In a post on BusinessWeek.com today, Joshua Green writes that he asked White House spokesperson and Red Sox fan Jay Carney if Obama was aware that he was being enlisted in an advertising campaign. “POTUS did not know,” Carney said in an e-mail to Green.

Green goes on to write:

Duping the president of the United States into participating with your social media campaign has to be a new low for advertising. It’s flat-out shady. And Ortiz should be embarrassed. That’s a Yankee move. I don’t know what sort of phone the president is carrying in his pocket these days. But if I were him, I’d go shoot a selfie on a new iPhone.

Ortiz's agent disputed the claim on Wednesday, telling the Boston Herald, “That was all spontaneous — he was just pumped up to be with the President," said Radetzky. “As he put it, in his own words, ‘Bro, when’s the last time I’m going to have a picture with the most powerful man in the world?’ To say it was planned by this or orchestrated by that, that’s misleading. I don’t want to sound too political here, but the bottom line is he loves his Samsung phone and wanted to take a picture. Obviously, it was good exposure using his phone. But it was from the heart. He was pumped up and excited."

For more on Selfiegate, read Eric Wilbur's column on the topic. And watch the short video embedded above to hear the "cha-chings."