June 20th, 2008
07:47 PM ET
1 year ago

When the Obama logo and presidential seal collide

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The Obama campaign debuted a new logo Friday that bears a striking resemblance to the presidential seal. Photo credit: AP, White House.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama sat down in Chicago Friday morning to discuss the economy with visiting Democratic governors, but all eyes were on the Illinois senator’s podium bearing, what might be described as, a quasi-presidential seal – a new Obama campaign logo.

The seal includes the same bald eagle as the actual presidential seal clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons, but instead of a shield covering the center of the eagle’s body, the Obama version displays the campaign’s trademark “O.” Unlike the Presidential seal, which includes the words “Seal of the President of the United States” around the circumference, “Obama for America” and “www.barackobama.com” grace the top and bottom of Obama's.

Finally, just above the eagle, in Latin, are the words – “vero possumus” – which translates to “yes we can,” the oft-heard chant at Obama rallies.

It remains to be seen how the new seal will play in the campaign’s quest to win over working-class voters.

What do you think of the logo? Your comments below.

soundoff (522 Responses)
  1. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    No women with burka's or scarfs in the background of that seal eithier.

    Change you can xerox.

    Mc Cain/Palin 08'
    Hillary 12'

    June 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Obama

    I think it's awesome.

    Obama for president.

    June 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Oh brother! Why not just tatoo it on his...oh never mind.

    June 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Sam

    typo: It actually says "Obama for America"

    June 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. all4lonnie

    is this the only news we have a logo. Come on lets talk about issues. I am so sick of this crap issues are what matter not all this other crap.

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. somebody

    i like it

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. John

    Yes mr. President!
    I am a republican in Ohio and I am with you all the way to the white house!

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. 123456789

    Hey Democrats for McCain.......Thank you for voting with us, However we feel you are laughing stock of politics and could never truely welcome you turncoats......we will enjoy your votes and "USE" you to the fullest. Do you expect anything from us in return.......LMAO

    McCain 08

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Boye

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

    Vero Possumus.
    Yes We Definitely Can.

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. MLG

    Don't care!! He is not getting my vote. Don't trust him. McCain

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Kenneth M

    I THINK IT IS GREAT. IT LOOKS PRESIDENTIAL. YES WE CAN.

    June 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    At least they were smart enough not to make it green, so that video artists could have a field day like they did to McCain. Blue is an easy color to work with, but not as flexible as green.

    I think it needs a second color in it though.

    June 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. M. Dodds

    I think the "fake seal" is totally inappropriate and in poor taste.

    June 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Freida, NYC

    This is scary, he even wants to change the American logo-seal, by replacing it with his name. Americans please wake up and do not vote for Obama. Are these the kind of changes you really want.?He will turn this country into a Muslim sect, Just wait and see.

    June 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    I like it "YES WE CAN" in any language is great.,nice touch.

    June 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Libby

    A correction: The seal says "Obama for America" not "Barack for America" as stated.

    June 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Petra, PA

    Love it. Go for the gusto! Yes, the can be an African American in the "White" House.

    June 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Aaron

    Offensive. This man has super imposed his image on top of MLK and now has the arrogance to infuse his logo into our country's symbol. What next? Obama with a crown of thorns?

    June 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. D. Martin

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON'T KNOW YET "WHO EXACTLY IS HE"?

    June 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Gold Canyon Gal, AZ

    I think it's arrogant, as usual.

    June 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Voter

    This is upsetting. Obama is presumptuous and clearly out of control and will stop at nothing spreading lies about his own record and that of his opponents.

    June 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Rita Mikridge

    What will he change next. This is America founded by our forefathers. Bet they are turning in their gaves.

    June 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. suzy

    he is so friggin arrogant....

    June 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. 60 YO white female , Springfield, VA

    I like it. Very creative !

    June 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Great cant wait for the $1 to have Obamas face on it... In Obama we trust... I'm starting to hate him more every day!

    June 20, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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