June 20th, 2008
07:47 PM ET
10 years ago

When the Obama logo and presidential seal collide


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. Harri

    It's a disgrace to the pride of the USA.
    Clever idea but no thank you – they should seriously reconsider. he will be President though.

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Franky

    Looks good to me. To bad McCain has no imagination.

    Republicains for Obama !!

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Pissed off American

    Does anyone else notice that he replaced the shield with the American Flag with his "O" and sunset? Purely arrogant, unpatriotic, and very egotistical. Where is this mans throne and crown? Why is it bad for Clinton to get ahead of herself and it's okay for Obama? This man has disgraced the presidential seal, this election, and this country. Is this your change that we can believe in? If so, keep your change, go back to Illinois, and let someone with real leadership and experience have this job. You have gone WAY too far this time, Barack Hussein Obama. WAY TOO FAR! Do the Wright thing, vote McCain in November!

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Fella from Chicago

    It's finally happened. He's declared himself a god. Hail to Caesar. Brutus, what's your take on this?

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Deanna Woodham

    I think that it is great; however, I do believe that the blue should be a deeper blue and not a Wedgewood blue. This wold reflet a stronger person.

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Edward Cristobal

    I wonder what's the main stream america really thinks of Obama?

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Debby

    The eagle needs to go and Bozo the Clown should be the logo. LOL

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Lynn

    It's stupid and so is his running for President in the first place.

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. AdamW

    Also...do any of you commentators know how many times that eagle has been used in various forms and designs? Many. My lord. Do some research. This isn't the first or last time an eagle in that pose has been used.

    The comments on here are too funny.

    Probably the same people that get upset when Superman's costume changes every so often.

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Anthony

    It got ARROGANCE spelled all over.
    Very scarry!
    Would somebody step up and teach this young horse some lesson?
    Do you all see? Very cheap talks he've been doing. Then public financing and now no.... Then against NAFTA and now in favor... The guy is willing to say anything to get the votes. Once he got the votes, he doesn't care anymore. Does it sound familiar? A new kind of politics? Give me a break... He's just like one of them, and that is the most disappointing one, after all the talks about change.
    Yeah, the only change he will do is the one benefiting himself.
    Wake up, everyone, before it's too late!

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. John Que

    Possums are mighty fine eating!

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. OBAMA 4 president

    He might seem arrogant, but I LOVE it. I just love everything he does. Very brilliant, the best choice we could make for '08!!! Come on people! Vote for Obama! 😀

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Ted from Washington, DC

    PEOPLE!! Stop saying he is arrogant . think He is running for President not some small time job. They all have to be to run. You are a leader. DO you even know what a leader is. Name me ONE ceo that is not arrogant... I thought so.

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Sirpa Nelson

    This is brilliant and potent symbolism! Obama and his aides are genuises!

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Doubtful

    Does the word "Presumptious" or "Arrogant" come to mind?

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Sam

    I like it, although I prefer "yes we can" instead of its latin version.

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. David Goldman for OBAMA




    June 20, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. He's a Poser !!


    What a joke this arrogant poser is.

    June 20, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Imthankful

    Come on people....let's get real....No one would have said anything had McCain's camp come up with the idea first. I don't think it's arrogance at all, it simply shows the confidence he has in himself and if he's not confident that he will become the next president, how can he expect his supporters to be confident in him.

    Geesh, I'm sure you learned that growing up.....Oh my bad, most of you are still trying to Grow-Up!!!!

    To all you supposed Dems who are Anti-Obama.....your FLIP-FLOPS should be worn out by now.

    June 20, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. G12

    hey angela,

    what should Obama buy you to gain your vote?
    Some diamonique from the QVC channel?

    I don't think Obama wants your vote if he has to personally wine and dine you to get it.

    Plus, it's illegal to pay people to vote for ya.

    June 20, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Mandelay

    Looks like he thinks he's greater than the United States. He should be impeached in the Senate for appropriating the Great Seal as if it were some kind of marketing gimmick. Shame on him.

    June 20, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Jay from the west

    Next it will be his face on the Lincoln memorial.

    Still voting for him, its just he may wanna slow down a bit.

    June 20, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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