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

Obama’s presidential seal gone after one use


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/23/art.seal.gi.jpg caption="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. Frank

    Obama gets my seal of disapproval. Hey, all you college bloggers spending the summer off sucking off Mom and Dad....come back after you spend some time in the real world working 24/7. Have your fun now cause if Obama gets in....you won't be able to live on....'Change'.

    June 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. jlw

    I have to say, Obama's supporters are a real turn off. They seem to spout a lot of hateful comments. It really does appear to be some sort of cult mentality. Nothing I am interested in being a part of. So I guess that makes me a racist. Oh well I can live with it.

    June 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Limping for Obama

    Obama is not the big hit they had hoped for.

    The seal revealed his true arrogance and air of self-importance.

    His arrogance and self-love and self-impressed sense of smug superiority is wearing thin.....

    for everyone but his rabid haters for Obama cult following.

    June 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Jason

    I'm sure it won't be long and he'll change the flag and all other U.S. symbols to fit his image. Such an arrogant attitude by his campaign, of course I'm sure they take their direction from his arrogant "never been proud" wife. This country is in for some serious trouble with him in office, we'll wish we had Clinton, heck we might even wish we had Bush back! How scary! NOBAMA EVER!

    June 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. bob

    A Democrat No More June 23rd, 2008 4:01 pm ET

    He is arrogant.
    He is not arrogant. He take ideas and try!

    June 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Annick, Washington DC

    Thank God! That was ....weird

    June 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. demwit

    Bob the Builder called and said he wanted his motto back!!

    Can Obama destory it!?
    Yes he can!!

    June 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Tjstelten

    I love the seal! Obama knows how to market and ran a well organised campaign. He has the talents and intellect to be a great President! He is a very good and decent man! I loved reading his two books and suggest that everyone who wants to know who he really is and thinks and feels should also read his books. He'S a brillant writter amoung other things!

    June 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. donkey

    They placed the big cart before the little donkey.

    And it backfired on them.

    Now they lie and pretend it was otherwise.

    Fools for Obama.

    June 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. davidblaine

    Hillary supporter for McCain 2008. I have enough "change" in my pocket.

    June 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Lisa in Cincy

    Anyone who posts negativity toward this ONE TIME event is just STUCK on the fact that Obama is the candidate who won the Primaries and will win the General.

    Get over yourselves and the negativity that drives you!

    June 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. ProundToBeRepublican

    People get real is a logo who care what kind of a logo he uses I thought coming up with the seal was very creative.

    June 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Hammerhead

    Maybe he was trying to woo the Latino vote.

    June 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Arrogance is when you are too proud to think that correcting a mistake isn't as important as "staying the course."

    June 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Jason

    So when he pulls an 'epic fail' during his administration, will he simply erase what he's already done?

    How is that possible, considering he will be gambling with our livliehoods and not just crappy graphics?

    June 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. therealist

    Much like his NAFTA and Iraq policies. He'll dump Michelle too, if thats what it takes to get elected...

    June 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Jeff in Maryland

    It's a logo, people. If you let a logo shape your opinion even a little bit in either direction, you're letting something trivial get in the way of what really matters.

    And for those who say Obama is arrogant (which I don't understand except MAYBE for this logo thing) Bill Clinton is one of the most arrogant, self centered people you'll ever meet, but he managed to balance the budget, give us a strong economy, give us peace, and leave office with one of the highest approval ratings ever. What does arrogance have to do with being a good president?

    Vote on the issues, people.

    June 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. turn about to save the Obama

    People are seeing the REAL Obama at last.

    They did not care for it.

    So the campaign back peddled and fast.

    June 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Helene

    Ah, Latin ! Isn't that funny language that is spoken in church ??? What an elitist language for sure !!!

    June 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Swampy

    I'll be as proud to vote for Barack Obama in November as I was in April; the seal was a minor early campaign slip-up. There's a natural difficulty in staying on the right side of the razor-thin line between confidence and egotism if one's staff are as committed to a candidate as they should be. T'aint a thing.

    Barack Hussein Obama/ Wesley Kanne Clark '08

    June 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. ProundToBeRepublican

    I am loving the 2008 election seen Repubicans cry day in and day out.
    They can sense our next president is Democrat and Black and they can not stand the thought of it do not be suprised he hear a lot of Republicans suside killing themselve.

    June 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. NObama

    Too bad, Obama's seal was illegitimate, just like how he won the nomination.

    June 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Eli Winter

    I am an Obama supporter but the seal was a very bad idea. Arrogent and taking voters for granted.

    Good job on fixing the mistake now get the story straight.

    June 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Jon A

    I don't see why "eltism" is a reason for concern. First, here's a newsflash, not one presidential candiate (neither the current nominees nor the candiates they defeated) is hurting for cash. They're all multi-millionares, and wouldnt be caught dead hanging with the "common folk" unless there's a camera in front of them. So no matter what, theres always going to be a sense of eltism in who gets chosen....there also one of Bush's famous quotes " Some call you the elite, I call you my base"...how come no cried "elitist" on that?

    June 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Terry, Dallas Texas

    I sense a bit of frustration creeping in with the McCain supporters and Hillary supporters who say they will back McCain. They see the polls and the electorial map starting to swing blue and it's making them nuts. They know that barring some kind of scandal Obama will be elected in November and it just gnaws on their insides like an upset stomach. It reminds me of 1996 when the Republicans realized that there was no way to beat Bill Clinton and got very disheartened early on.

    Iowa is going to flip and most likely Colorado and New Mexico as well. Now Obama is even starting to pull ahead in Virginia.

    Sorry folks, he's got 270 and a little more.

    June 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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