June 20th, 2008
07:47 PM ET
7 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. Natasha/Supporter of Democrats

    So what is the problem? If Obama can give away medal of honor for no reason then so be it.

    Yes We Can!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Christine Cramton

    The logo is creepy.

    June 20, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Arrogant and Cockie?

    Arrogant and cockie? Bush took this country to war over personal reasons and McCain wants to keep us there over personal reasons.

    The question becomes whose "Arrogant and Cockie?"

    June 20, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. JD

    I think the planet Earth, or possibly the milky way galaxy, should be inside the large O that is inside the eagle's stomach!

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. A Canuck Viewing From Up North

    it's not even a big deal, i can't believe so many people are upset. I mean there's some states the fly a flag representing the slavery and atrocities in the south, yet he wants to create a more modified version of the presidential seal just to give voters a taste of what's to come.... and that's enough to make people flip? haha, every nation in the world wants obama to win, every nation but the one nation voting. Do you see why americans are treated so badly overseas?

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Don Colony14Author, Mt Prospect, IL

    The eagle should be replaced with eggs being counted before they've hatched.

    I find the logo/seal pretty shameful. Obama may think it helps him "look Presidential," but it actually makes him look like a four year old wearing a Superman costume on Halloween. We all know he's not really Superman. (Of course, the media thinks he's a saint, but they also believe they're "objective.")

    If Obama or his advisors have any brains, the "seal" will be gone quickly.

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Brian Seattle

    I am not an Obama Supporter, but I have to say I do like his logos.

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Rea

    How dare this man act like he is President with this type of logo.
    I guess if he can copy speeches, he can copy logos.
    He keeps pushing his luck.

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. saga for Obama

    you can not deny that this is the best person for the job.....
    you can not deny that this is the best man for the job...
    you can not deny that Obama is the best American running to fix the devistaing damage the Republicans have reeped on our nation and across the seas.
    what holds you back from the truth may be the very thing that you find you will regret if Mr. Mc Caine is elected into office.
    as ffor those who hate Mr. Obama because of his race, you can always "go back to Europe" because your antiquated bigotry and hate is no longer needed hear in this new America.
    oh yeah, i love the new seal.

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. JC

    how can you say this is creative? it's so simplistic since he stole the seal of the president and made a minor modification. not very creative, pretty darn arrogant.

    lame, just lame, but what else should we expect from him?!

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    It's arrogant, un-American and disgusting!!!!!!

    A good enough reason to vote against him!

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Shirley Watson

    I like it, I like it. I like it a lot !!!

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Neal of Lithonia, Georgia

    This has to be one of the most arrogant gestures Obama's committed so far. Obama is nothing more than an articulate, smooth talking politician that is campaigning in the same old fashion. And he's supposed to be the candidate of Change? PLEASE!

    I'm an African-American supporter of Hillary Clinton, and I WILL NOT VOTE FOR MCCAIN....I'LL JUST STAY HOME!

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. KateLynn

    McSame is running scared! He counted on swift boaters pushing the Democratic candidate out of his way but Obama's choice to forgo public funds fights fire with fire.


    The logo is no big deal. Every organization/campaign has a logo. Who cares but the Repugs are as good as beaten.

    Obama-Edwards '08!

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Beatriz Perez-Sanchez

    To those of you who think that 'Vero Possumus' is arrogant and are thinking of supporting McCain, caveat elector!

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Rea

    Is this plagerism.

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Shaun O.

    Just like the empty smile and the empty rhetoric
    My church- no its not
    Nafta bad- nafta ok
    public funds- no public funds
    What do you people see in this guy?

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Kim Meseck

    A little presumptious this early on, but you have to admit it's clever!

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. jeff

    Which way will we have to face everyday to pray? towards california or florida?

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Zaphod

    Obama (and McCain) are running for president. What's the big deal that a logo might, or might not, look like the presidential seal. Aren't both men after this job?
    People need to get over themselves and all these little silly and dumb things making the news.
    My family is more interested in what the next president will do after the one in the white house and all the harm that he has done than about some dumb seal.

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Lissa in Montreal

    Brilliant! Slightly subliminal with just enough confidence but no smugness – the man is channeling the law of attraction everywhere he goes, and I, for one, love the concept!!

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Erik

    what really bothers me is the web address. Man americans are suckers for marketing, and that's really how Obama got here isn't it. Nothing but marketing. I want a guarantee policy with my vote....

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Jackie

    Be afraid. Be very afraid! It's obvious that this guy thinks he's got the whole election wrapped up all ready. God help us all if he does get in! It's not going to be pretty.

    June 20, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. independet OBAMA supporter

    This is so nice. MCcain will not steal this log.
    OBAMA08!!! 12
    Yes We can
    God bless you!!

    June 20, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. paul

    A sure sign of how arrogant this man has become. And to think Hillary thought she was a lock for being the next president.

    don’t these two get it in their heads you have to win it before you become our president. Making a seal means nothing. But it does show what type of arrogant A..S you are!

    June 20, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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