ALBUQUERQUE -- Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is retiring a presidential seal that made its debut at a Chicago event last week.
“It was a one-time seal for a one-time use,” Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The seal, which resembled the official presidential seal, had a picture of a bald eagle on it. A phrase inscribed above it read “Vero Possumus,” a Latin expression that roughly translates to the campaign’s slogan, “Yes, we can.”
The seal helped complete a presidential-looking setting as Obama sat at the head of a U-shaped table with Democratic governors in a stately hall of a Chicago museum. In addition to the seal on the podium, blue curtains adorned the backdrop along with a row of flags.
Our earlier blog post on the Obama seal posted on Friday prompted mixed reviews from readers. Some liked the seal and thought the Latin expression was clever. Others thought it conveyed a penchant for image over substance.
I think it looks really dorky.
It reminded me of those Pikachu-like toys you see at the State Fair. They're yellow and resemble Pikachu, but they're fakes.
The Obama seal was way too close to the actual presidential seal to be an appropriate decoration for the podium.
...“The worry for Obama’s image managers is that it gives the press a pretext to call Obama arrogant, an example for them to add to a list of arrogant moments, and a way to distract them from what Obama is saying,” [Marc] Ambinder wrote in his blog.
Yes, the seal does make Obama look arrogant, the whole counting his chickens before they're hatched thing.
However, I don't think the arrogance issue matters as much as the fact that the seal looked so stupid, fake, a knockoff and a bad one at that.
To me, it signified president of the United States-Lite, not the real deal. It didn't make Obama look presidential. It made him look like an actor.
I don't know whose idea it was to tack up that seal but it really was a bad one.
And I don't buy the line that the seal was only meant for a one-time use. I think because the seal backfired big time it was retired.
Obama really does make a lot of blunders. I don't think Hillary would have done something as idiotic as slapping up a phony presidential seal.
More on Obama's goofy seal, from FOX News.