The first sleepy Sunday of Summer and we cannot stop laughing.
The seal includes the same bald eagle as the actual presidential seal clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons, but instead of a shield covering the center of the eagle’s body, the Obama version displays the campaign’s trademark “O.” Unlike the Presidential seal, which includes the words “Seal of the President of the United States” around the circumference, “Obama for America” and “www.barackobama.com” grace the top and bottom of Obama’s.
Finally, just above the eagle, in Latin, are the words – “vero possumus” – which translates to “yes we can,” the oft-heard chant at Obama rallies.
Why is Obama so overtly pompous? The pompous seal is a silly way to dress up in serious clothes a candidate who is callow, has no experience, and is not qualified to be president. If Obama wants a seal that reflects his campaign, try Barnum & Bailey.
Obama is not the first politician to make a spectacle of his pomposity. Republican Rehnquist, the late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (isn’t that title pompous enough?) turned the robes of a Justice into a Gilbert & Sullivan costume:
He was the justice in stripes – four gold stripes on each sleeve of his black robe. In the sedate circles of the Supreme Court, that passes for a pretty wild fashion statement.
Rehnquist, a bit of a flashy dresser himself, added the stripes to his robe after an international conference of supreme court judges in Washington in the 1990s. He felt the American justices looked drab compared with some of their counterparts from other countries who wore elaborate, brightly colored robes and headwear to ceremonies in the main chamber of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rehnquist, a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan operas, went to a community theater production of “Iolanthe” in suburban Washington, where the costume for the judge included the robe with gold stripes. He liked it and showed up in court in 1995 with the added fashion touch.
Republican President Richard Nixon had his Obama moment when he played dress-up with the White House guards:
But aping a European leader like de Gaulle had its perils. One was trival and exposed Nixon only to ridicule. White House guards showed up for work one day looking like palace guards from Ruritania, wearing uniforms Nixon had ordered to make them appear more regal. Reporters guffawed so loudly that he was forced into an instant retreat. Those uniforms never made it to the Smithsonian; they were donated to a college marching band and, who knows, may have would up in a Gilbert and Sullivan production.
Nixon and Rehnquist restricted their pomposity to costumes, not Latin verses. Obama has yet to distribute uniforms or clown costumes to his supporters and campaign workers. Thus far Obama’s pomposity has been devoted to flowery words and Latin phrases.
Obama should stop being very pompous with his “vero possumus”.
If Obama wants some Latin on his logo we suggest Sic Transit Gloria – All Glory Is Fleeting.