Barack Obama isn't president, at least not quite yet.
But the campaign logo that debuted today bears an uncanny resemblance to the presidential seal.
It is a circle of a distinguished blue hue. It features an American eagle, also clutching an olive branch in one talon and spears in the other -- with the campaign's well-known "O" on its breast instead of the presidential seal's shield. And instead of "E Pluribus Unum" between the eagle's wings, there's the rough Latin translation of his "Yes We Can" slogan: "Vero Possumus."
The logo is filled out with "Obama for America" at the top, and his website address at the bottom.
Asked about the resemblance, Obama spokesman Bill Burton replied, "Just because it has an eagle?"
UPDATE: The Republican National Committee didn't pass up a chance to gig Obama over the logo. “Unfortunately for Barack Obama, props won’t seal the deal with the American people," RNC spokesman Danny Diaz said in a statement. "Obama will be judged on his record not oversized, make-believe presidential logos.”
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