Offensive? No. Criminal? Maybe.

Personally, unlike many conservatives, I don’t have a problem with Barack Obama’s manipulation of the Presidential Seal. Yes, I consider it a tad presumptuous. Yes, I can understand how someone who fought and died for this country may look at such a knockoff and be perturbed. For me, however, maniupulating the Seal is not the same as, say, manipulating the flag.

Furthermore, out of everything we know about Barack Hussein Obama–for example, his association with foreign and domestic terrorists, radical racist clergymen, and corrupt Syrian businessmen–must we look at this to see that the man may not hold America in the same regard as you and me?

Also, the current cost of gasoline has brought a gift to the doorstep of the GOP, beautifully wrapped with plenty of ribbon with which the democrats can hang themselves. How about we use the air-time, ink, and blog posts otherwise talking about Seal-gate to continue hammering home to everyday Americans across the political spectrum just why gasoline has taken a much more prominent spot in their budget (not to mention the associated price hikes in food, air travel, freight transportation and more)?

I think we’re making a mountain here, maybe not out of a molehill, but something pretty close. Conservatives are giving the impression, by picking on Obama’s dressing, that we’re grasping at straws when the substantive battle is ours for the taking.

Besides, the approximation of “Yes, We Can” in Latin, being employed by a candidate who is working overtime to shake an “elitist” image, just makes me grin from ear to ear.

While I may not find Obama’s use of the Presidential Seal exceptionally offensive or worrisome, it may very well be ILLEGAL. 18 U.S.C. 713(a) of the United States Code states the following:

Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

If this is the kind of brilliance displayed by the Illinois senator and his campaign flunkies, perhaps us on the political right should spend more time going after these geniuses where it hurts. Make them trip up when talking to the American people about energy, about national security, about taxes.

Obama and his people clearly have a tendency to screw up with regard to smallish things. Let’s see how they can bobble the ball when it comes to the big picture.



  1. Anonymous says:

    yeah, this seems pretty bad! I’m surprised with all of the really miniscule things that the media report on that they haven’t mentioned this yet. I don’t think that the logo is appropriate. Obama’s campaign has been very well organized so far, but this is certainly a mistake and he should step in to get them to fix it.

  2. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Somebody apparently did step in. His campaign said that it was a one-time thing — considering that this was the first time it was spotted, perhaps it was.

    Personally, I doubt it. Obama and his folks have a record of saying something, enduring scrutiny (warranted or not), and then throwing whatever it was under the bus. It happened with the flag pin (he caught flak, then put one on); it happened with his grandmother; it happened with other stuff as well.

    Honestly, there are bigger and better things to pursue.

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