June 23rd, 2008
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama’s presidential seal gone after one use

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The Obama campaign is no longer using the above logo.
The Obama campaign is no longer using the above logo.

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s communications director said Monday that the presidential seal the campaign unveiled last week at a meeting with Democratic governors won’t be seen again.

“That was a one time thing for a one time event," Robert Gibbs told CNN.

Pegged to Obama’s rostrum at Friday’s meeting was his campaign’s version of the presidential seal – a bald eagle clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons, but instead of a shield covering the center of the eagle’s body, Obama’s had the campaign’s trademark “O.” Rather of the words “Seal of the President of the United States” around the circumference, “Obama for America” and “www.barackobama.com” lined the top and bottom.

The Latin “Vero Possumus” was arched between the eagle’s wings, meaning “Yes we can,” an Obama slogan and rally chant.

Many wondered whether a seal – with Latin phrasing no less – was the best idea for a candidate fighting for the working class vote and trying to fend off allegations of elitism.

soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Brian

    McCain is NOT a conservative look at what he stands for this election, cross reference with 2000 and the cross reference again from 1990. There are three different people there. A Vote for McCain is a vote for 3 different personalities!

    BARR is the ONLY true conservative!

    June 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Independent LAWYER for Obama

    Wah waah waah, Hillary Clinton wah waah. Waaaah, wah sexism wah waah. Whine moan sigh, John McCain waah wah experience waah wah.

    Ok, so I think I covered all the bases for you. Now can you repug trolls stop posting your whining crying crap on every article?

    June 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Jill American

    Just showing more of his arrogance.

    June 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Billy J in the Heart of Texas

    Man.. I sure don't feel the love for this guy. Will vote for him, but can't believe my party has come so far off the populist track.

    June 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Beltway Insider

    It's a LOGO people. Get over it.

    Let's observe how the pathological lunacy of the McCain/Clinton people will turn this into some life and death issue....

    June 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    Thank goodness!

    That was a baaaad idea.

    June 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Dem

    It was stupid to begin with. Just another blunder from Barrack and his campaign.

    June 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Tina

    Who are these "many people" that "wondered?" It seems to me like CNN is just as much "Clinton News Network" as it has always been. Get over it, she lost fair and square, move on, get on board the Obama train or get left on a rooftop/war zone!

    June 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. CW4Barak

    That's o.k., in a couple of months he will be using the real seal....that was just a test!!

    June 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. pam Eugene OR

    Good idea Barack. I am voting for you but I did not like the use of the logo. It is too soon. Wait till next year and you will use the real one!

    June 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. FRANK

    I THINK IT IS AN INSULT TO THE OFFICE AND ONLY SHOWS HOW OUT OF TOUCH OBAMA IS WITH EVERY DAY AMERICANS

    June 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. WHO CARES

    CNN) – Barack Obama’s communications director said Monday that the presidential seal the campaign unveiled last week at a meeting with Democratic governors won’t be seen again.........WHO CARES!!!!

    June 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Another Michael Dukakis

    simply arrogant like Obama himself

    June 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. @everyamericans

    it's the media making a big deal about nuttin'...now cnn can officially move on to reporting the news rather than creating one!

    'nuff said!

    June 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    OK–it came it went. I think only a LUNATIC would think that the seal was any evidence of alleged elitism. That's just foolish. the seal–in its rawest form was no less than beautiful–everything that Barak Obama is and will be. Sad that is is gone away for now..will see it again in different form post election...because he will be donning it as PRESIDENT!!

    OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08
    OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08 OBAMA '08

    June 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Say NO to BO the white house allready stinks!

    June 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Andrea from Houston, TX

    I'm glad he got rid of it. I'm a supporter of his, but I thought it was a bit presumptuous. Just not the direction he should have been going in.

    OBAMA '08

    June 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. cheryl (RETIRED VETS FOR OBAMA)

    Too bad I loved the seal...

    June 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    Good. It was an affront to the American people, and I cannot believe they were that stupid. Hey, if Obama is going to have his own seal, why not his own flag? We could have it in varying shades of blue, and then we can rename our country the United States of Obama. How pathetic and arrogant can you be?

    June 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. karmax

    Who cares...this is an arrogant, pompous candidate that even though I am a Democrat I cannot stand him.

    June 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. carlo

    Dam, its a picture! Some of you are so freakin' aggravating. Look for anything won't you?

    June 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Couldnt take the criticism from anyone who did not vote for him....
    We will be seeing many more of these retractions come this fall and hopefully that will be enough for the american people to wake up because the DNC certaintly did not.

    Hillary 2012.

    June 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. self-impressed

    The democrats selected and installed a joke for a nominee.

    Bring back Hill... for president not for VP.

    Obama cares only about his big ego.

    He backtracks only when he sees that his boastful gloating backfires with the people.

    Like his mocking HRC with Annie Oakley comments
    and his brushing HRC off his shoulder.
    and his love of Wright turned to hate when it wounded his ego.

    What a fake

    June 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. NoMcSame

    Obama may not get the vote of some Hillary supporters but BOB will take some of McSame voters for sure. It will be a WASH so PUMA people YOU don't really matter at all. Obama will be the next president of these United States. Run Bob run. I will do A Rush job on here from time to time to keep Bob's name out there. Two can play that game Mr. Rush.
    VOTE BOB BARR FOR A BETTER AMERICA. Ha ha ha. McSame is in trouble. This is great.
    Obama08 with or without the PUMA people

    June 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Mike in NYC

    Good to see it was a "one time thing." Kids will be kids.

    June 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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