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British Premier Cameron laughs off Twitter parodies of Obama call photo

AFP-JIJI

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday laughed off the widespread mockery of a photo he posted on Twitter of him looking serious while on the phone to U.S. President Barack Obama.

In a tweet to “Star Trek” star Patrick Stewart, one of those who had parodied Cameron’s photo, the prime minister posted a snap of a meeting with former U.S. President Bill Clinton — “this time face to face, not on the phone.”

On Wednesday, Cameron posted a photograph of himself discussing the situation in Ukraine in a telephone call with Obama. His grave expression was intended to convey the seriousness of the subject, but it was mercilessly mocked online.

American comedian Rob Delaney posted a picture of himself looking serious with a tube of toothpaste held up to his ear, writing: “@David_Cameron @BarackObama Hi guys, I’m on the line now too. Get me up to speed.”

Stewart responded with his own photograph, in which he looked serious with a tube of wet wipes at his ear. “@robdelaney @David_Cameron @BarackObama I’m now patched in as well. Sorry for the delay,” the 73-year-old actor tweeted.

Cameron met with Clinton at his Downing Street office on Friday, and afterward tweeted a photo.

“@SirPatStew Talking to another U.S. President, this time face to face, not on the phone,” Cameron tweeted.