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. Realistic

    Go to Real Clear Politics. Read the article Obama the serial flip-flopper. Great article!

    June 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. ANGIE

    who cares lets worry about the real issuses like gas prices unemployment rising food prices health care mortgages energry crisis war in iraq those issuses people not a stupid logo

    June 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    This graphic garbage is further evidence of the lack of gravitas which defines this young man. Not this time, not this year.

    June 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Lisa

    A seal, logo, sign?????/ Are you serious?

    June 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Vietnam Vet

    Independent for Obama- – I'll Second that!!!

    June 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. WE NEED THE TRUTH

    You know we all have tried something out to see if it would work and if it didn't we usually got rid of it or change it. No big deal here. They are getting rid of it. So what's the issue??????

    GO OBAMA 08

    June 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Dont Drink the Kool Aid !! Demand substance and elect experience you can trust. I may not agree with Mc Cain on every issue but at least I know he is qualified and ready to lead.

    Hillary 2012.

    June 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. joe

    Welcome to the 24 hour a day Barack Obama info-mercial called CNN.

    In all my years of observing network news, there has never been anything this pathetic. They have discarded even any attempt at objectivity to forward the cause of their once in a lifetime candidate.

    Can Hillary still pull one out of her hat at the convention?

    June 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. unity?

    What a dirty filthy politician this new politician for change is.

    He cares only for self and ego.

    He destroyed the democratic party and will recklessly destroy the United States just for personal gain.

    Cocky, boastful, arrogant, mocking, smug, jeering, self-impressed.

    Just like Bush in his tone and character.

    June 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Tired of W, OH

    It was still better than McSame's green screen.

    June 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Mary

    It is a shame the real Obama does not go in the same direction as the phony seal. Only a LUNATIC would have a phony seal made and displayed.

    June 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Brian From Knoxville has now transformed into Knoxville Operation Chaos

    Obama, as American as Apple Pie!

    June 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Jan

    I wonder how much money was wasted on his arrogant "seal"? We need a leader who has sound fiscal experience and uses money wisely.

    June 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Paris

    Obama’s arrogance makes me sick.
    The seal exposed him more and now he is trying to cover-up.

    Some of you are so blind about Obama it is entertaining.

    June 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. NoBama

    Sure...a "one time thing for a one time event". What a joke. The truth is.....he found out it could possibly be illegal AND it caused to much of a raucus in the press. I can't stand this man! ARROGANT!

    June 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. a women for Obama

    how is Obama arrogant... wow.. you people really are clueless. He's got more education than you and you have the gall to call him that? haha

    June 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Really?

    yawn

    June 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Thomas

    "Independent LAWYER for Obama" – Your a lawyer? You sound like a child, please tell us where you practice so I can avoid you like the plague!

    June 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. biggest loser

    We saw Obama for the dangerous demagogue that he is when he thugged Hillary out of the race.

    Using hatred and race baiting as his strategy while hiding behind a cloak of hope and unity and change.

    The hypocrit has been exposed.

    God knows how you manipulated, cheated and stole your way into a "win".

    June 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. susie

    He would have kept the seal if people didn't paint him as an elist as he really is. Obama is such a show off, he needs to come back down to earth.
    Obama second term of Carter.

    June 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. jack

    bad judgement

    June 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Lynn

    His arrogance just keeps on going.

    June 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. 1926

    Im so sorry its gone. I laughed my head off!! Only an idiot would do something like that, but it was funny.

    June 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. A Democrat No More

    He is arrogant.

    June 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Enlightened Voter

    It's a logo people, grow up. BTW I love the increase in the repug bloggers thrashing their typical hateful, evil agenda. Obama must really be coming up higher in the polls and this is the only thing the repugs know. They can't fight him on real issues so let's beat him down. HAHAHA, you guys are hilarious...We can take it.

    June 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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