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. pallas

    This is has been an election where the issues are bigger than ever (war, economy, housing crisis) and the talking points have been more trivial than ever.

    I support Obama, think that the seal logo is a little over the top. If he keeps doing what he is doing he'll get the real deal so why improvise?

    I can just see this logo getting dissected six ways from the middle...

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Annoyed in Ohio

    Well isn't that interesting.

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. COOL IT NOBAMA

    WOW!! This guy is really hungry for power!

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

    tacky

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Val

    What's the rush? He is not there yet and he will NOT get there. Give me your break! He is a socialist and America knows better than that. He truly scares me.

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. too close for comfort

    This guy is a master manipulator. Sneaky anc cunning, he charms you into obeying and worshipping him.

    His propaganda creeps slowly and steadily over everything and everyone thinks it is OH so Clever.... until it is too late.

    Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing.

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. CLINTON 08 VP

    UNITED WE ARE STRONGER

    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    You go boy! He speaks and acts presidential. I love the logos, they fit him perfectly! BTW I just watched him on CNN live explain why he isn't taking the gov campaignfinance monies and he told the truth as usual. He never tells us what he thinks we want to hear like mcwar, he tells the truth, that's presidential!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. linda hemmingsen

    why didn't my comment get on ?no one else had commented?

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Disgusting!

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. G12

    oh yeah and the fact that the political system allows corporate interests to inject so much money into political campaigns that no candidate really represents the people when he or she sits in front of a presidential podium to speak to the people or a gaggle of reporters.

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Diane

    The logo doesn't represent who Obama is. He's not for all Americans.

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. JD

    All hail Barackus Obamus Maximus. Or, just "possum" for short!

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I think the logo is great. It's what Obama represents, change.

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Jokiro

    Thats really cute strategy. Obama for President 08

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. kingsley

    He changed his Logo because McSame stole his previous Logo. is the media trying to spin this?

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. JB

    Don't like it. Seems presumptive. And I am a fan.

    Drop it.

    And now HRC is asking Obama to pay off her campaign debts?

    Why? This woman is nuts. And unfortunately he is going to cave. The Clintons are a disease. Ah ha, you have the Clinton dude!!!

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

    looking presidential.

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Looks absolutely good on ya Barack!! That's what I like to see, in January 2009, you will get the OFFICIAL seal! Welcome to the White House President Barack Obama!!

    Obama/Sebelius '08/12/16 and beyond!

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    The story should read quasi presidential choice as well...

    June 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. MJJ

    I see corruption in the making!!..

    June 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. wolfie

    I believe that someone is getting too big for his breeches!

    June 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Daniel, WA

    Barack is making fake seals. He is fake president for me. CNN dare to publish this one. He does not desrve the respectable seat of our President.

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

    It's lame and yet another sign that he's not ready for the job.

    June 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. CE

    Arrogance at its best! Since this will be the closest he gets to the office of the POTUS, I guess we can let him have his day.

    Democrats for McCain!

    June 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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