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. Democrat in LA

    Naysayers, follow or get out of the way– we already have a leader.

    June 20, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. PMM

    this is a foot in the door

    June 20, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. funny

    It's perfect!!! Fake seal for a fake candidate...

    June 20, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. brad

    Why did he remove the Americam Flag from "his seal"?

    June 20, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Eugene

    Obama is a flip flop liar. He is the same old politician. He flip flop about Public Funding and NAFTA. During the primary, he said he did not aware of his staff talking to the Canadian about NAFTA but look at his position about NAFTA now, it is exactly what his staff said to the Canadian that time. He lies to Americans to get votes. This is change that you can expect from him. Also, at the Al Gore endorsement Obama rally, when the Governor of Michigan mention Hillary name, Obama's supporters boo her rudely. This is the Unity that Obama promise you. This is another change that you can expect from Obama. After all of this, I suggest all Americans do not ever listen to anything Obama say but look at what Obama did instead. He will never get my support or my vote no matter what Hillary say to convince us to support him. I simply can not support a flip flop liar.

    June 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. GARY

    LOOKS LIKE HE IS TRYING TO MORPH HIMSELF INTO WHAT HE IS NOT & POSSIBLE A TRADEMARK VIOLATION TOO!!!

    June 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Hello!!!

    Pathetic. Can't wait to not vote for him. It will be fun :)

    June 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Richard

    He's just getting warmed up. The GOP doesn't know what to do. FINALLY – a democrat who wants to WIN!!! I am soooooo excited.
    Barack in '08 and '12. Michelle in '16 and '20!!! An Obama presidency from 2009 to 2025!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. bobby wren

    I think it is very arrogant O for Obama instead of the flag. his new age beliefs will travel over with him when he becomes president. That's ok I'll trust in Christ

    June 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Wow. You people are funny.
    It's a logo.

    Nothing arrogant or presumptive about it. And what is this nonsense about respecting the presidential seal? How is it disrespectful?

    If anything I would be upset as an artist that it isn't that original of the designer but that is about it. Nothing to get your panties in a bunch over.

    Obama is branding and unfortunately in this consumer based culture of ours one has to brand.

    This country needs a whole new logo, flag, slogan, make-over. We are the most arrogant nation in the world and then you have the nerve to say this man is arrogant.

    How arrogant is it to think your views or ideas should be the worlds views and ideas? America goes around pushing our culture on others and then we get upset when native people don't want us in their country. We push democracy, capitalism and the whole nine and call ourselves the leaders of the free world.

    That is arrogance.

    Elitist? We drive around in SUVs and waste gas like nobody's business while young soldiers die for oil, we act like we are too good to work in the orange groves while immigrants slave, our doctor's and insurance companies live like fat cats while people around the globe die from AIDS.

    We must think we are really important, America.

    Stop whining about a logo. The man is branding himself, he didn't even design it. Mist likely didn't even approve it. But maybe he did. So what?

    How about you armchair revolutionary/commentators/political activist wannabes actually go out and try and make a difference in the world like Obama is trying to. You don't have to follow his message, make your own. But do something to make the world a better place instead of useless complaining about a logo. Geez.

    June 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Edward J. Wilkins

    I think it is hilarious how any of you think your vote matters.

    The electoral college will decide whats best for America as usual*. And as usual it will be all screwed up because it is not free and democratic elections.

    *See the 2000 election results and the 2004 election results for more information.

    June 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Too bad most democrats don't see the coming problems ...voting for someone because you're ready to have a black person inside the "white" house is absolutely asinine. Research your candidates better.

    A Presidential Candidate should have more respect for the office they may take than to simply duplicate and personalize the seal of our country's highest officials.

    June 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Simon

    It's coming whether you like it or not...

    The media is trying to make it seem that the race is close. TRUST ME, it is not close at all.

    June 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. boered1

    Interesting branding, i like it close enough to the Presidential Seal to imply he should be President but not so close that it would ever be confused or seen as an attempt to say he IS President. Good job to the designers. Although I am sure there will many who think that he is somehow "over-reaching" himself or has too grandious ideas about himself but in reality there is no "lock" on the Eagle, I have seen it in many other places as well so it does not bother me. It shows how smart the man is he uses all tools ethically availiable to have people see him as Presidential already. Now if we could only get some people to actually READ his platform or LISTEN to one of his speech they would see how many good, well thought out plans he has, but alas they will not and will just cotinue to spout the lies.. errs misspeaks of the opponents and the MSM.

    June 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Paul

    I THINK McCAIN SHOULD VOTE FOR OBAMA

    June 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Bennie

    Way to go, Team Obama! What a great way to promote your cause and purpose! Truly, you believe in your calling and purpose, and are not afraid to make it plain to those who read it. Keep up the good work!

    June 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Felipe

    One Word: LANDSLIDE.

    June 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    HOW SWEET IS THAT?

    WE FUND HIS CAMPAIGN.

    HE WORKS FOR US.

    WE LOVE HIM AND HE LOVES US BACK.

    GO FIGURE, MIRACLES DO HAPPEN.

    WE ARE GLAD WE HAVE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO

    WITNESS THE START OF A BRAND NEW DAY FOR

    THIS GREAT NATION OF OURS, AND THE YOUNG THAT

    WILL INHERIT OUR FAILURES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. jackie

    Turns my stomach and scares me. He and this whole movement remind me of some very scary times in history.

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Felipe

    Can't Wait.

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. tony

    By the way remember TRUMAN and DEWEY–THe newspaper showed DEWEY the winner-the exit polls were overwheling for Dewey
    But The arrogance of DEWEY gave the presidentcy to TRUMAN who was a wonderful President–
    I think things like this will definitely cost him the White House-
    It's a long way till November-he'll do more to cost himself the election

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. lance coardill

    IS THAT THE SEAL OF POLAND AT WHICH I AM LOOKING?

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. JO

    King Obama strikes again.
    And his loyal subjects kneel, and cheer.

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Jaci

    I like it! I want it on a shirt!

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. no obama

    First the seal, then the white house – can't wait to see the barbecue's every week when I roll by the white house....

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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