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. JILL WRIGHT

    IT ONLY MAKES ME REALIZE EVEN MORE HOW I DO NOT WANT TO SEE HIM BEHIND THE REAL SEAL.

    June 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Jim

    More important than that is that Obama took the time to listen to the governors and brings heads togather to bring idea's to the table of how to help solve the issues at hand! Truly a great leader!

    June 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Heather

    It will be interesting to see how many people can't tell the difference...

    June 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. moh_newyork!!!

    nothing to say but President Obama!09 to 2016.GOBAMA!

    June 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is a bit presumptious isn't it? The general election hasn't started yet. I wouldn't have advised he do that just yet. If there seemed to be a huge lead in October, then go ahead and do it.

    June 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. airmarshal

    Ego gone wild.

    June 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Bob

    Maybe I'm looking at the wrong thing but the article says the circumference reads "Barack for America" where the photo clearly shows "Obama for America". Perhaps CNN is trying to get their articles up a little too quick...

    June 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Peter E

    So, when Hillary talks about winning she's being 'arrogant' but when Obama jumps the gun and pretends to be president already it's called 'visionary?'
    There is no change... it's the same old hypocrisy!

    June 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Beltway Insider

    Nice logo. Not really a news story, but whatever.

    Let's see how all the Hillary/McCain crazies try to twist this around into something more than it is.

    Let the pathological lunacy begin...

    June 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Ruth Bell

    Comment about the Logo. The Logo is just a logo and should not resemble the Presidential Seal. This is another Obama attempt to belittle the traditions of the United States of America, our Nation under God, and he should develop something entirely different.
    He doesn't like our National Anthem and is making every effort
    to undermine our traditional American beliefs.

    June 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Tommy N

    "Vero possumus" is intense! Latin is a totally retro language, I hear.

    June 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. JT

    Seems like the same old political tricks as usual from Obama. I thought he was supposed to be above typical politics. This guy is the quintessential politician. When are people going to realize that??

    Stop Obamunism '08

    June 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. G12

    This is kind of a non-story.
    If I were Obama and this turns into a big deal I'd just stop using it.

    There are bigger issues like a war that is killing and maiming people,
    an economy spiraling out of control,
    inflation,
    people losing their jobs,
    rich people get richer while poor people get poorer,
    loss of civil liberties,
    people flooded out of their homes,
    hurricane victims in Louisiana who still haven't been paid,
    no national strategy on energy that the american people can point to,
    government officials that have tortured people in our name and refuse to take responsibility for it,
    and a government/economic system/culture that places making a buck over anything else in the world.

    I think a seal on a podium pales in comparison.

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    It's gorgeous!

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Peter E

    'Yes, we can pretend to be president already instead of waiting for people to cast their votes.'

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Joyce McClurg

    Love It!

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. KS

    FULL of HIMSELF!!!

    YUK and double YUK

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

    It is absolutely stunning. Obama's campaign has set precedent on so many levels.

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. z,new york, ny

    It's ok. I liked the plain O with the road going to the sunrise better.

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Obama isn't different

    This is ridiculous. He's so arrogant! I hope he loses.

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Obama stole the nomination

    Self-centered and self-impressed... that is the Obama way.

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Kenneth

    this looks agood but do not rush any thing yet.

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Rob

    Absolutely pure arrogance !!!

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. scary egotist

    One egotistical man.

    He thinks he is God.

    June 20, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. KS

    freedom of speech???

    Moderation???

    If you can moderate...then we should be able to moderate you!

    June 20, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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