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Published:June 22nd, 2008 11:37 EST
The Barack Obama Presidential Seal Controversy

The Barack Obama Presidential Seal Controversy

By Robert Paul Reyes

The blogosphere pontificates on all the great issues of the day: The Iraq war, affordable health care, high price of gasoline, the presidential elections... But sometimes bloggers get their panties in a twist over inconsequential matters. Thousands of words have been written about Michelle Obama`s "terrorist fist jab" and Hillary Clinton`s cackle.

The hot topic of the moment is the great seal of the next president of the United States. Sen. Barack Obama recently spoke behind a podium to which was attached an image that looked suspiciously like the presidential seal.

Here`s a description of Obama`s seal from John M. Broder of the New York Times:

"It is emblazoned with a fierce-looking eagle clutching an olive branch in one claw and arrows in the other and is deliberately reminiscent of the official seal of the president of the United States. Around the top border are the words `Obama for America;` across the bottom is the campaign`s Web address. It also contains the logo of the Obama campaign, variously interpreted as a sunrise or a view down an open road.

Just above the eagle`s head are the words `Vero Possumus,` roughly translated `Yes, we can.`"

Obama`s critics are criticizing him for being presumptuous and overly optimistic, but I think the senator from Illinois should be commended for showing restraint. Obama is leading by 15 points in the latest Newsweek Poll. I`m surprised he hasn`t sent an advance team to measure the White House drapes and to break ground on his basketball court.

Instead of attacking Obama for a surfeit of audacity, Republicans should encourage McCain to design his own faux presidential seal. Here`s my idea of what McCain`s seal should look like:

McCain`s seal is emblazoned with a fierce-looking vulture clutching a rifle in one claw and an adult diapers in the other. Around the top border are the words "McBush for Big Oil" and across the bottom is the campaign`s logo, "Older than dirt. Tougher than nails."

The presidential seal needs to be updated anyway, I hope that when Obama wins the general election he will use the Obama seal instead of the presidential seal.