January 9th, 2010
02:34 PM ET
13 years ago

Billboard featuring Obama coming down


New York (CNN) - A billboard featuring President Obama that was erected three days ago will be coming down, according to a spokesman for the company that paid for the outdoor ad in Times Square.

Weatherproof Garment Company, which licensed an Associated Press photo of the president wearing one of the company's jackets, had intended to leave the Times Square ad and another in midtown Manhattan for two months.

Company spokesman Allen Cohen on Friday said the ads will be removed "in an expeditious manner" after what he described as a cordial conversation late Thursday with White House counsel Kendall Burman, who requested their prompt removal.

"It's my understanding that the counsel's office spoke with the company and that the company is supposed to take that ad down," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday.

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  1. annie against biased news

    Thank goodness it is coming down – what an eye sore!

    January 9, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Helene

    President Obama if he was not the President would be a glamorous, sexy model. However as the President it is inappropriate for companies to make money out of him.

    January 9, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. ryan

    So does this mean that the White House is going to request that all of those t-shirts with Hope and Change on them that have Obama's face on them also be recalled?

    January 9, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Is this a great country or what, where everyone can pimp someone for a quick buck, with little or no real consequences?

    January 9, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Leon

    Weather proof, a thin-skin "leader?"

    January 9, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Angie

    Makes me never want to buy Weatherproof brand coats again!!! Yuck!!

    January 9, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Truth Teller

    They knew they were illegal, and would have to take it down. They gambled on having it up long enough to get people to buy this jacket, and it probably worked.

    January 9, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Frank P

    Ah, so that is the moutain (hill) that the prophet Obama came down from after having a talk with (????) and blessing us with his words of wisdom (NOT)! LOL!

    January 9, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Doug

    This is the high water mark of our celebrity President, by the way, this is from the film shoot for the reelection campaign during the taxpayer financed trip to China. Film in 2012, action, walk on the wall.

    January 9, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. southern cousin

    The image of Obama is only for MSNBC, CNN and the other state run media to utilize for profit.

    January 9, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. mavcal

    Obama missed his calling. He would probably be more effective as a model marketing image than as a world leader.

    January 9, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Ready for 2012

    What is the difference between this and all the ugly "commerative coins" with Obama's picture?

    Given how bad this economy is, Obama shouldn't be taking profit away from a business.

    January 9, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. John

    I seem to remember Governor Schwarzennegar trying to get bobble heads that were made of him as governor stopped in production because he did not authorize them. He was politely told to stuff it, that once you become an elected official, your image, likeness, etc. are public domain. Why is the President any different?

    January 9, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Debby

    Unreal billboard ads after a President so very tacky. I know Barry is tinseltown dummy material, but they don't have to advertise it. LOL

    January 9, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Hey Big Spender

    I doubt it will sell many jackets now anyway : P

    January 9, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Lou from CT

    I could see it staying up if they had received permission to use that image, but since it would create a conflict about product endorsement, it is a wise decision to take it down.

    January 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Denna

    It was a nice picture, and he would make a great model, but it was not appropriate for the President of the United States. Weatherproof Garment Company should be ashamed of itself.

    January 9, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. John, Brooklyn, NY

    I agree that the billboard is inappropriate....but it bodes welll for President Obama if a company has determined that his implied endorsement carries sufficient credibility to boost sales of their product. What better indicator of what (or who) is popular with Americans than when a marketing company wants slap up their stories-tall image in Times Square.

    To paraphrase Mark Twain...the reports of Obama's demise are, at best, premature.

    January 9, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |