June 20th, 2008
07:47 PM ET
9 months 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. Geri

    Very pompous and arrogant...but look who its coming from.

    June 20, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. richard

    i like the seal its well made kudos to the obama campaign staff for ingenuity. second question why is it that gop supporters are masquerading as hillary supporters to create confusion... please if you love her as much as you say you do write a check to retire the over 20 million campaign debt and stop being paper tigers... you,ll be shamed when hillary campaigns with obama soon.

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Rick

    This is a disgrace, just another way of saying "screw you America, I'm going to do things the way I want"

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Bill, Covington

    Every evening at five you will be able to hear him doing what he claims is the most beautiful sound you will ever hear "himself doing the five oclock "call to prayer"
    Wake up America!

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Don Colony14Author, Mt Prospect, IL

    At least it doesn't contain pictures of Che Guevera or malcolm X!

    But don't let Michelle order new drapes just yet – America in general may not be as stupid as Illinois in particular.

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. chuchi

    This is NOT the kind of change I want to see! I am a democrat and I am voting for Sen. McCain. Obama thinks just because he has a lot of money to spend in his campaign he can persuade a lot of anti-obama to join his camp. DON'T COUNT ON ME. You have to do more to convince me and my family and friends.

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Barbara Ellman

    Bad P.R. idea. Presumptious, offensive to those not in his park and disappointing to his followers who have and will continue to work hard to present the real "peoples' man" and not the "elitest" the other side has almost successfully coined Obama to be. Forget these overzealous and amatueristic ideas. Stick to the strong, straight down to the issues presentations. Logo? Good grief! If you can't find anything else to do, just contact any precincts in the country. Ours is CD14 California. We'll set you on the real tasks.

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. I don't think so

    Arrogant
    Vain
    Presumptuous
    Creepy – Hitler had his own logo too.

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. bob from evanston

    This phony-a__ seal makes as much sense as Nixon's band director outfits for the White House guards. No you can't.

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. EDW

    ARROGANT?????????
    Don't you think a person would be born arrogant if they feel that they would be THE best person to run this country. I get it, you want someone that is a loser that isn't sure of himself. Someone that you can drink a beer with, just one of the guys, someone that is just like you????

    PLEASE, I WELCOME ARROGANCE.

    June 20, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. TEXAN

    I LIKE IT !!! Like the saying goes " If you got it, flaunt it." GO OBAMA !

    June 20, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. TeraJ, MD

    I like the look of it. It's not arrogant at all. If McCain did something similar it wouldn't be arrogant. I think it's quite ingenious and the people who are working for him are doing a wonderful job.

    I think folks who are hating on it are just that, HATING!!!!!
    It's funny how folks are taking a campaign logo and turning it into something negative. GIVE ME A BREAK FOLKS!!!! If you're against some policy postion that's one thing but to react so strongly to a campaign logo?!?!?! PULEEEEZZZZEEEEE! Try focusing on the big picture!

    June 20, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Rennae, VA

    I'm lovin it!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. JO

    Beautiful! Why don't we just declare him god, or at least dictator for life, and have it over with.

    June 20, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Chris from San Antonio

    Hey "Democrats for McCain," please explain to the rest of us unenlightened Obama supporters how a man that is running for POTUS shouldn't see himself as the future president.

    Should he consider himself the presumptive loser? Please fill me in.

    June 20, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Melvin Banks, Royal Oak, Michigan

    I love it, keep up the good work. Obama 08

    June 20, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. I don't think so

    Arrogant
    Vain
    Presumptuous
    Creepy – Ya know Hitler had his own logo too.

    June 20, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Susanne

    Counting our "eagles" before their hatched aren't we!

    June 20, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Travis

    This man has gone too far to disgrace the presidential seal. This man is very vain indeed to make such a bold and prevocative statement. What exactly is his change we can believe in? Every candidate promises that. Why should we elect him over someone else?

    Do the Wright thing, send Barack Hussein Obama back to Illinois, and put someone with experience and real leadership in the White House.

    McCain in 08!

    June 20, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Justin (ny)

    For those of you considering voting for McCain because Barack Obama doesn't always wear a flag pin and created a logo you don't like – will you PLEASE look at how each candidate feels about taxes, the war, health care, social security, the environment, etc.. and THEN make your choice?

    PLEASE!

    June 20, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Marie in California

    That's one of the dumbest things I've ever seen! How narcissistic and arrogant!

    I think "Very Possums" would be more accurate in describing Obama and his campaign. You know....possums are dumb animals of the night that kind of look like big, fat, slow-moving rats. They often play dead when they feel threatened .... but they can also be extremely vicious and nasty if cornered.

    Democrat for McCain – 2008

    June 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Jonathan Venturi

    I'm surprised Barak dropped the 50 stars surrounding the eagle. He could have used this as a reminder that we do indeed have 50 states - instead of the 57 he quoted while campaigning.

    June 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Cyprain: NJ for Obama

    This is a step in the right direction. My father once told me; "if you want
    it, you must act like, feel like it, breath like it and then you will be it"
    No doubt this logo is perfect. We cann't wait for November to cast our vote. NJ-NJ-NJ-NJ-NJ-NJ-NJ-Nj for OBAMA.

    June 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. susan

    Look, If McCain had come up with a similar logo nobody would have batted an eye.. it's just the audacity of this "young upstart" isn't it? All you repukes just can't stand it!!

    June 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Shon

    I know you non-believers can't stand it...

    The Bible says to "speak those things as though they were".

    June 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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