Obama’s New Presidential Seal Likely Illegal

Just in case you didn’t think the Obama campaign couldn’t get more arrogant, the Obama campaign unveiled a new Presidential Seal in his run for the Presidency. I’m not sure if this is just supposed to be a cheap campaign gimmick or we’re supposed to actually take this seriously. Is Obama really supposed to look more “presidential” sitting behind this thing?

The hilarious thing is that this silly seal might just land him or one of his staffers in jail for 6 months because it’s an obvious rip off of the Seal of the President among others.

18 USC Sec. 713 …
(a) 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.

(b) Whoever, except as authorized under regulations promulgated by the President and published in the Federal Register, knowingly manufactures, reproduces, sells, or purchases for resale, either separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any likeness of the seals of the President or Vice President, or any substantial part thereof, except for manufacture or sale of the article for the official use of the Government of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

The real question is who is going to call his campaign on this? I would imagine that President Bush might have some say in this….it is a rip-off of his seal after all.


11 Responses

  1. Let’s state the obvious. Seems to me your post was about Obama and his campaign’s actions not Bush’s presidency.

    But since we’re there, for the record this country has already suffered the consequences of one “beginner” president. We don’t need to elect another “beginner”president.

    I’m one of Hilary’s army that will support McCain . . . not because he’s the perfect candidate but because McCain has the kind of courage and integrity that neither Bush or Obama have exhibited to me.

  2. You’re right, my post wasn’t about Bush. I’m just not sure who would have the authority to bring criminal charges against the Obama campaign for ripping off the presidential seal….other than the president. The only way Obama gets into hot water about this is if someone with authority brings up this law.

    As for McCain…I’m not a huge fan, but I will vote for him primarily because an Obama presidency would be an absolute disaster.

  3. Doesn’t say much for his focus groups or his legal staff does it? He’s very full of himself. Thanks for pointing out the law, I was not familiar with that. I would think the President couldn’t do anything but that congress could, but do we think that Pelosi would question the DNC’s annointed?

  4. […] 20, 2008 · 1 Comment Update: H/T to Paul for pointing out the code regarding the Presidential Seal. Here’s just a portion: Whoever […]

  5. Umm, correct me if I’m wrong, and I could be, but I think what this legal code is talking about is using the *actual* presidential seal in a way that isn’t unauthorized.

    When it is talking about using the printed or other likeness it isn’t talking about a really dumb looking rip off of the seal, it is talking about the actual existing seal itself. It’s like when we aren’t allowed to use the “likeness” of a celebrity for sponsorship of a product when that product hasn’t been endorsed by the celebrity.

    The point is to avoid a perceived sponsorship of the U.S. Government by using the actual likeness of the seal. (Likeness here doesn’t mean bearing some resemblance). Anyone who looks at Obama’s seal and thinks, Oh, he’s being sponsored by the Government, should either a) go to the eye doctor or b) find something useful to criticize about Obama (of which there is becoming increasingly more of, I might add).

    I mean, we could totally criticize the seal as blatant subliminal advertising in politics or the way our politicians are all image and little substance, or how our system of politics with its heavy dependence on TV relies on brief images and snippets to convey complex ideas.

    There’s a lot to talk about, I’m just not sure this is one of them.

  6. Isn’t authorized. Sorry. Double-speaking. Been listening to the candidates too much. πŸ™‚

  7. I thought members of the secret soceities designed or created the presidential seal? How can Obama change it if he is not a member of the illuminati ? and I really don’t think he can be a member……could he?
    Ya know the illuminati are not as secret as they once were, but are still greatly exclusive.
    Face it…..if you are not rich, famous and or powerful….. you do not have the need to know!
    That is why I love being a dominatrix!!!

  8. Yeah, well the seal has been pulled anyway. It was good while it lasted.

    Even the MSM got a good laugh out of this one. It’s pretty bad when even your own people are laughing at you.

  9. So, who qualifies as the MSM?

    CNN, MSNBC, Fox?

    Or is MSM code for only the liberal-leaning networks, not the right-leaning ones? I’ve got a lot of liberal friends who throw that around, too.

    None, I might add, have ever worked in a newsroom and have little understanding how news is created and marketed, as a product. Should the free market apply to the news, too? If so, do we have any right to complain about Olbermann or O’Reilly, since they are what the consumer demands? Do we have any right to complain about what’s on the news or not, if it is what makes money?

  10. No, the Mainstream Media is everyone who isn’t the alternative media. Of course, the alternative media is now becoming the norm.

    Yes CNN, MSNBC, and Fox are considered the MSM by my standards. MSNBC is just as far left as Fox is to the far right, so it encompasses a lot.

    You’re right, news is a product. My only complaint is that it is largely agenda driven and the creation of news is marketed as news. For example, the 6 PM news main story is occasionally a poll on where the candidates stand. That isn’t news. It’s making something that isn’t news into news.

    It seems that with Tim Russerts passage it was the end of the unbiased journalist. When you have guys like Dan Rather creating false documents and breaking them as news you know that you’ve descended into the deepest partisanship you’ll ever see in the media.

  11. agreed, totally. I don’t mind the bias; i just wish they’d admit it. πŸ™‚

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