WASHINGTON–The Obama campaign didn’t see it coming-catching flak for creating a mock presidential, seal with the Obama “Yes we can” slogan in Latin last Friday. The campaign unveiled it at a meeting Obama had with Democratic governors in Chicago. On Monday, the Obama campaign announced that the seal was for one-time viewing only and was retired from duty. I know the use of the seal touched a political nerve and sparked a lively debate on my blog and over at other sites over whether it was proper, legal, arrogant, an example of Obama hubris, or presidential, whimsical and appropriate.
The seal episode showed that the command and control center at the Department of Obama Image (DOI) had an off day, and let the seal designed by the in-house Obama graphics group–seemingly harmless–go on to become a distraction and build a storyline not approved by the Department of Obama Message Management (DOMM).
I hope someone saves the seal for the Smithsonian or the Obama presidential library, to be located on Chicago’s Southeast Side, near where Obama got his start as a community organizer. Groundbreaking is scheduled for sometime in 2016 in connection with the 2016 Olympics in Chicago.