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​Schieffer: Just say "no" to selfies

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz poses for a "selfie" with President Obama during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox April 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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As a father and a grandfather, I am familiar with the phrase, "Everybody does it."

Having said that, I have to say this: "This is dangerous."

I'm not talking the usual texting while driving, talking with your mouth full, or the evils of super-large sugary drinks.

I'm talking about selfies.

I know all the cool people do it. We saw that at the Oscars. Course it turned out they had a deal with the sponsors.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz couldn't help himself when he got to the White House -- had to have a selfie -- turned out HE had a sponsor, too.

And now this: Spectators at the Tour d'France were so overcome by the selfie urge, well, some of them got themselves run over.

So I'm just going to say it: If you're going to a bike race, or a car race, or the running of the bulls, take a deep breath, then, just say no.

Truth is, after all the static the tabloids gave President Obama, if you find yourself seated next to a glamorous world leader, you might want to think twice about a selfie moment.

So to be on the safe side, satisfy the selfie urge only in the privacy of your own home, or studio.

Excuse me...

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    Bob Schieffer is CBS News' chief Washington correspondent and anchor of Face the Nation.