Posted by: inforodeo | August 27, 2008

The Great Seal of Obama

The news today is about his costly theatrical (with pyrotechnics and everything!) ‘greek temple’ stage set for his coming acceptance speech.  Most of the major news outlets are gasping and giggling, because of the whole ‘personality cult’ allegations the humorous McCain ads made … Obama fought them, denying the ego trip and fanatical followers and his lack of substance …

but the greek temple is a little creepy to me.  it reminds me of all the pagentry of the Nazis, orchestrated by their great personality, Adolf Hitler. 

I did a little research (and yeah, don’t laugh at me for not knowing about this already, because i don’t follow the popular biased-media too often), but i guess Obama has – or at one point had – his own presidential seal made!  seriously! 
There’s a well-researched article with accompanying image and video put out by the LA Times that i am copying (in the interest of preserving it for humanity) below:
Barack Obama gets his own nifty Great Seal; all he needs now is votes

Just before the president of the United States makes an appearance at a speech, a usually tall, muscular person with a machine gun hanging under his suit coat quietly walks on stage and hangs the presidential seal on the podium front.

It’s an impressive looking thing that conveys a sense of the power of the top elected office in the land and, indeed, the free world.

But Barack Obama’s crowd has decided not to wait for any of the formalities like a presidential election, an inauguration or even a nomination, which he still hasn’t actually officially won yet. Wasn’t it Hillary Clinton who was so sidely accused of thinking her nomination was inevitable?

Photo credit: Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Obama now has his own Great Seal already. And it is really, really big. It’s big like the tires on those elevated pickups in the parking lot at NASCAR races where you look out the car window and see nothing but fist-sized lug nuts.

Obama’s new seal looks really presidential, which is probably a coincidence, don’t you think? Obama’s seal has an eagle just like the president’s seal and he or she is holding arrows to signify war, which Obama was against before it even started.

And it’s got olive branches, which stand for peace, which we haven’t really had since 9/11 but DailyKos promises will come as soon as we shoo out Bush and Cheney.

The seal’s also got a terrifically impressive motto in Latin — “Vero Possumus” — which means “The possum speaks truthily.”

No, just kidding. It actually means “Truly we’re able,” which translates as “Si se puede,” which translates as “Yes, we can.” Obama is clearly copying George W. Bush’s Texas gubernatorial reelection motto from 1998.

Plus it’s got Obama’s website right up there too. Lord knows, he needs more donations because the poor White Sox fan from Chicago’s impoverished South Side has only raised a little under $290 million so far.

As chronicled by our colleagues over at the Swamp, some folks figure he’ll top a half-billion dollars before election day, now that he’s scrapped his promise to take public funds, this year a measly $84 million to spend between Labor Day and Nov. 4. Public money was good enough for every other presidential candidate for the last three decades. But how could any serious candidate possibly get along on only $1.3 million a day?

During the Democratic primary voting, a lot of folks were fooled into thinking Obama agreed with public funds when he signed a pledge last fall to use them and told constitutents before that, “If we’re still getting financed primarily from individual contributions, those with the most money are still going to have the most influence.”

As Jill Zuckman notes in the Swamp, the John McCain camp is using Obama’s own phrase — “Don’t tell me words don’t matter” — to skewer the Illinois senator on his finance reversal. But McCain doesn’t have his own giant seal.

The Obama campaign is clearly counting on any stink over the broken pledge to blow over in the 136 days left before the election. And, of course, once Obama backers see the kind of first-class seal they’re getting for $290-plus million, they may go along.

If Obama does raise $500 million, that’ll mean he spent around two gallons of gas per vote. He raked in another $22 million in May, according to the Tribune’s Mike Dorning, roughly the same as McCain.

Some people might be inclined to make fun of a grown candidate who’s against an imperial presidency but needs a really Great Seal before he even gets the official nomination. Maybe they’d suggest that as good as things look now from the city of big winds, maybe he’s counting his eagles before they hatch.

But even if he loses in November, for $500 million Obama and Michelle could build their own White House. And paint it any darned color they want.

For a video of Obama explaining his public funding reversal, along with subversive subtitles from the funny folks over at 23/6, click on the Read more line below.

–Andrew Malcolm


all i can say is WOW!  awesome article, and where i used to just chuckle a bit when right-wingers accused him of being a ‘personality’ or called him the “Obamessiah”, i am now seriously freaked out that EVERYONE in the country isn’t freaking out over his Hitler-esque pomp, well delivered but unsubstantial speeches (like Kerry’s “I’ve got a plan, it’s a good plan, and i’ve planned this plan, so don’t vote for a republican, because they just want to raise taxes, make college girls wear chastity belts and give your kids’ college fund to Big Oil!”) …

Obama wants to take our guns, he wants to back out of the war, he wants to quit drilling for oil, he wants to ignore pleas for help by foreign nations under attack, he wants to throw a lot of money into technologies that are already proven failures, he wants to kill more babies and most of all, HE DOESN’T WANT McCAIN TO WIN. 
If you listen to all the speeches from this week’s DNC … you’ll notice that no one addressed any of the ‘important issues’ … there is still no democrat plan to fix the economy, save the polar bears, lower gas prices, create a viable alternate energy source for our cars, trucks and planes, etc.  the only thing they’ve focused on is bad-mouthing real politicians, or, in the case of Hillary, backtracking through months of material and lying to say she ‘supports obama and always has’. 
There have been a lot of pretty speeches, and their stormtroopers have already carted away truckloads of undesireables (the democrat-nazi metaphor completes itself with homeless as the jews) …



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