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. ray

    He is the most sneaky, arragont, let alone cocky person I have ever seen / or heard. I do not trust him, he is so out of touch with what's going on in the USA let alone Iraq,Iran, and on and on not a clue.

    June 20, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. violet

    What astounding arrogance and presumptuousness! Even though I am a Canadian and not involved in your election, I think this kind of attitude by a presidential candidate makes America look like a laughing stock.

    June 20, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Tom Eyemdaman

    Vero Possumus – Act like a possum.

    June 20, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Gerald for Obama

    mmmm I'm a big Obama supporter but I typically don't care for it too much.

    June 20, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Zanfito, Atlanta, Georgia

    Who cares what logo one campaign has vs. the other? How many millions of US taxpayers were spent today, in Iraq? How many americans have died in Iraq this week? How much less in the US dollar today? What is the direct impact of the war in Iraq on the economy? How much money is needed to give a descent salary to a teacher, in the US? How many schools have we built in Iraq (a country with surplus budget) vs. how many schools have we rehabilitated in the US (a country with trillions in deficit)? if you have nothing else, ask candidates what they'd do if Osama Bin Laden was captured instead of killed. Will our system decide to torture him?

    June 20, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Ralph

    So this will be the seal when Obama overthrows the government and makes all white people poor, and all black people rich?

    I can only wonder what the flag will look like.

    June 20, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Sue

    This is bad. Obama is the presumtive nominee and he is attempting to change everything in this great country. He does not care about this country. The "elitest" seal.

    June 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Heather

    You guys are funny - Dictatorship??

    I think it's great. Positive thinking, haha. And anyway, McCain's logos and slogans look a little familiar too, hmm, let me think, where have I seen them before?

    How about this - stop imitating him if you don't think he's got anything going for him.

    June 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Not fooled by distractions.

    Smart man.

    Plus it pisses the righies off – just give them a day or two and McSame will copy this too. Why can't the McSame camp come up with their own ideas?

    Disgrace!! Arrogance!! What a laugh. They go ballistic on this but the deceptions by the bush admin just float on by. Unreal.

    June 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Just when you think Obama can't possibly get any more self-consumed...he surprises you with yet another over-the-top exercise in megalomania. Perhaps next week he will invite us to touch the hem of his cloak so that we may see.

    June 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Some people don't get it!!!

    Some people just don't get it, you say you don't know the main, just as your typing your comments DO SOME RESEARCH!!! Stop listening to main stream media and research for yourself there is more to McCain and Hillary that what you see. And if you think McCain is the better choice, again RESEARCH!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. jmh

    If he's elected president, he'll probably have his own face carved in Mt. Rushmore.

    June 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. lisa

    Not surprised at his arrogance.

    June 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Dom

    Go to hell all you Obama haters! If you vote for McCain, you're nothing but a fool and Obama doesn't expect your vote anyway.

    Go Obama 2008!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. where's the Flag

    I notice his version left out... the Flag. Where's the Flag?

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Oh no!

    It's a logo, probably thought up by a marketing group. Jeez you guys are paranoid. I'm sure if George had done the same thing and turned the Eagle into a big "W" holding olive branches and arrows for his campaign we'd being hearing about how patriotic and clever it was from the same group saying this one is arrogant and elitist. Stop being hypocrites and get over it.

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Sabrina


    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Dave

    Really? You people are going to complain about his new logo? Of all the problems in this country and world, your biggest concern is how similar this man's logo is to the presidential seal?
    I'm an Obama supporter, and I agree that this seems ever so slightly arrogant, but it's a non-issue.
    You are all so worried about first ladies, logos, and PR photo ops, but none of that really matters.

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Dan Sczepanski, New York

    Well, it looks like we have another candidate for the three dollar bill, and its logo.

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. kristofers

    Elitist and pompous.

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. The Truth

    Obama, I'm for you all the way, but I think that the seal is a bit too much.

    Obama '08

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Peg Robson

    Way too arrogant for me...won't get my vote. I'm with Lillian...TACKY!

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. JW, FL

    What audacity this guy has! It is an Obamanation (spelling?) and absurd copy of the real presidential seal. Who is this one term senator from Illionois anyway?

    June 20, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Robert C

    In response, Mc Cain is going to spin his logo off the Mc Donald's Golden Arches. It will say "Over 1 Billion Screwed". By the way, Mc Cain bought the first Mc Donald's burger from his son, Ray Crock.

    June 20, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. To you very offensive

    Try sticking to the issues and stop watching so much American Idol!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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