Monday, June 23, 2008


It's interesting how the mind works.On one level it always wants to tell the truth and sometimes it devises ways to do it on its own even when someone consciously is trying to hide it. That's why people slip up.

Obama's unveiling of his fake presidential seal seems like the perfect example. Its almost as if its both he and his advisors' way of getting the truth out about Obama's and his candidacy.The symbolism of a fake Presidential seal is hard to miss.

After capping off probably the worst first two weeks any supposed Presidential nominee ever had, two weeks where he angered Muslims, Jews, civil libertarians, Democrats who opposed the telelcom immunity bill, and the editorial boards of every newspaper that had endorsed him because of backing out of his pledge on public campaign financing, Obama did what any thoughtful, serious, reflective serious, nominee for President would do. -- he unveiled his own fake Presidential seal. Not the kind that flaps their fins and catches fish in mid air. He already has enough of those with Keith Olbermann, Arianna Huffington, Newsweek and the rest of the news media swallowing everything he throws their way.

This one is supposed to make him look presidential which if you think about it, shows how unpresidential he really is, since if you are Presidential you don't need a prop to make you look like you are. It was obvious they needed a political strategy, something to make him look Presidential because obviously nothing coming out of his mouth has. So in pure Obama fashion they discarded substance and came up with something that looks like it came off the wall of a Knights of Columbus rec room.

No one knows exactly where it came from. One inside rumor has it that he saved box tops and mailed them to Kellog's in Battlecreek Michigan to cash in on their "very own Presidential seal" offer but the box tops didn't count because they were fraudulent. Supposedly Senator Levin intervened and Kellog's sent it anyway. But this is unconfirmed. The other speculation is that it came from a store in Chicago that makes bowling trophies.

But actually, in the end this seal is going to have a very real and useful function. It's going to function exactly the same way the real Presidential seal functions. Its going to remind people of who he is.

Speaking behind a phony Presidential seal is going to be a reminder of everything else that's fake that the seal represents. All the lies, deceptions, deceits and conceits that has earmarked his entire campaign, from his lies about his relationship to Wright and the Trinity Church to NAFTA, Iraq, and his current lies and reversals of the last two weeks. It will act as a warning label, reminding people that when he speaks no one needs to listen because what he has to say isnt any more genuine than the seal he is standing behind.

The seal itself is so preposterous and clownish, it's almost as if Obama is intentionally trying to make a fool of himself and he is succeeding, exhibiting the kind of behavior crisis counselors describe as a cry for help, as if he were saying "I'm over my head and I know it, I know I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing, I've suckered all these people in but now what? What am I going to do? Help me. Get me out of this".

And possibly super delegates who declared for him will do just that, since every day Obama is helping them come to their senses. Which is another reason that Senator Clinton's name needs to be on the ballot in Denver. Aside from the fact that there is a moral obligation to let the democratic process play out and for Senator Clinton's candidacy to be recognized, the Democrats and super delegates need to be in a position to make a choice. They clearly need a safety net. Any attempt by Howard Dean and the DNC to remove Clinton's name from the ballot for the sake of an appearance of party unity that would be as genuine as Obama's seal, would not only destroy any chance the Democrats would have for an alternative, it would also be met with mass desertions from the party by most of Clinton's 18 million voters.For them, taking her name off the ballot would be the last straw. And given the way Obama is going this is not what the DNC needs.

Anyone who had the two weeks Obama's had, would, one would think, lay low and regroup. After all, losing the person you put in charge of vetting your vice presidential candidates because of shady loan deals, adding Muslim women to the list of all the other women he's insulted,making statements about Jerusalem, the thorniest problem in the Middle East and then reversing himself within 24 hours angering Israelis, American Jews and Palestinians who all are now united in thinking that he is an idiot who cant be trusted, then angering most liberal Democrats with his embrace of the telecom immunity bill, and as if that wasn't enough, topping it off by going back on his pledge to publicly finance his campaign showing how shamelessly he can lie and angering editorial boards all across the country who feel betrayed, would not, to a sane person, call for the unveiling of your own fake Presidential seal. But this is Obama. Always looking for something to hide behind. Always looking to put out more snake oil in the hopes that people will buy. Maybe he's been hoping the Philadelphia Inquirer will see this as another "Lincoln moment".

As the Obama people have been saying for months, this is the candidate of change. He is certainly the first candidate to unveil his own Mother's Best Boy Presidential seal. No one can deny that. But he is showing super delegates and the Democrats who have supported him that, as every day goes by, he is becoming not so much the candidate of change, but the reason to change candidates. And it's possible that in Denver super delegates are going to do just that and give him their own seal of disapproval that he can take back with him to Illinois.

NOTE: For those of you who haven't heard, Fox News reported last night that Obama has decided to drop the seal. Either that or Kellog's demanded he return it. This might eventually make it's way into the language. From now on when someone does something incredibly stupid people can say, "He dropped the seal".

FURTHER NOTE: THE DENVER GROUP, a new PAC whose goals are to make sure Senator Clinton's name is on the ballot and that there is a roll call vote at the convention in Denver is now up and running and accepting contributions.


Anonymous said...

Obama the Post Turtle

A 70-year-old Texas Rancher got his hand caught in a gate while working cattle. He wrapped the hand in his bandana and drove his pickup to the doctor. While suturing the laceration, the doctor asked the old man about George W. Bush being in the White House.

The old Texan said, "Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle.'"

Not knowing what the old man meant, the doctor asked what a Post Turtle was.

The old man looked at him and drawled, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a Post Turtle."

The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain:

"You know he didn't get there by himself, he doesn't belong there, he can't get anything done while he's up there, and you just want to help the poor dumb bastard get down."

Anonymous said...

Another brilliant post!
Heard this great line in the movie RETURN OF THE NATIVE that so nails Obama.

"The truth, cleverly told, can be the biggest lie of all."
Mrs. Yeobright (Joan Plowright)

Also if people are inclined to contact superdelegates.....recently checked on superdelegate sites. They still provide contact info for superdelegates
(though not updated on status).

Superdelegate sites can be found at
Contact info for DNC and Nancy Pelosi can be found at
Great writing!!!! Insights!!!!
A joy to read!!!!

HeyJude said...

Obama's mis-use of props has a long history. The Hill reported recently that a FOIA request revealed that the Obama campaign requested Secret Service protection very early on in the campaign, not based on any specific threat. Given the trend we are seeing, I suspect this was yet another attempt to make him 'look presidential.'

HeyJude said...

Great post! I can't resist one more comment - in the immortal words attributed to President Abe Lincoln, who Mr Obama pretends to admire:

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

Anonymous said...

Actually, Barack Obama's unveiling of his own seal reveals not just his arrogance and disdain for history and culture--it also reveals the fantasy land in which this fascistic, racist, narcissistic, inexperienced, morally ambivalent fellow lives.

His disconnectedness to reality and his narcissim are becomg truly troublesome and scary.

Anonymous said...

Joseph Stalin is quoted as once having said "Give me control of American movie theatres and I can control America (with subliminal advertising and messages). Well Obama's theme is becoming "Give me control of the Internet and I can control America and the World". His fake presidential seal gives us his internet address. I agree with the previous anonymous writer, Obama is as scary as other demagogues in history and one wonders how someone with so little experience can assume he is ready to be president - he has yet to be my senator from Illinois, having run for president on his first day of office and done nothing for us since except collect his paycheck and campaign for office.

Anonymous said...

Well, well, well.... I guess they don't like people SEEING that they are arrogant.... can't have that when folks have been blind for so long!!!!

Heidi Li Feldman, J.D., Ph.D. said...

Stellar, my friend. The Knights of Columbus reference - fabulous! Bravo! Bravo!

David said...

The Eagle, it holds a bundle of 13 arrows in its left talon, and an olive branch, in its right talon, both of which symbolize that Obama Foreign Policy has "a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war." The eagle has its head turned towards the olive branch, said to symbolize a preference for peace. Above the head, stands the hopeful message for change and collective progress: Vero Possumus!

Fired up! Ready to go!

Anonymous said...

LMAO, this article is brilliantly funny! I work in marketing and this is something an overly zealous entry level newbie would introduce to create "buzz" and fall flat on his face. BO's campaign is run by free labor of college students who thought this would be the LOGO to best all logos...wrong! It made O-wanna-be look like a fool! Just like everything else in his campaign, let's plagiarized and hope no one notices. Maybe that is the change BO speaks of, speeches, ideas, logos, etc. that can be altered.


Anonymous said...

Uhhh David, I thought the 13 arrows represent the hateful piercing that whiteys and America get from people who guide his spiritual compass like Wright, Ayers, Pfleger, Michelle, Kladidi, Farrakhan, ...oh yea, 7 more to go! They must be hiding in that attic waiting to come out. Try to pass the kool aid somewhere else.


Anonymous said...

Another in the growing string of minor misteps that the formerly infallible campaign has made.

It certainly makes him look like a complete boob but unfortunately since seeing the initial story a day or two ago I haven't seen much coverage about it since. Does he actually use this at his events?


Pam said...


waiting4HRC said...

Dear Marc,

I am starting to sound like a broken record in praising your writing. It is your fault because you keep producing really brilliant articles! You have some of the same qualities I admire in Sen. Clinton i.e. clarity of thought, great wit, passion, high intelligence, solid command of language and seriousness of argument.

Anonymous said...

You guys sound like very angry and bitter Republicans!! Trouble is you all sound the same ! And the majority have had enough

Anonymous said...

Will Obama's supporters please let us know ONE THING that he has accomplished in his political life that even qualifies him to be running for President? Don't tell me he's not George Bush and that is enough. He is running against John McCain, no George Bush imitation. Obama is a complete empty suit who only won because Hillary would cow tow to the left and say "it was a mistake to vote for the war." When she wouldn't say that, that's when the Marxist blogs went after her and began donating to Barry the chain smoker. Simple as that. He will be slaughtered IF he is actually the nominee. By the time the convention starts, the supers will realize their initial blunder and turn to Hillary!!

Marc Rubin said...

"You guys sound like very angry and bitter Republicans!! Trouble is you all sound the same ! And the majority have had enough"

First, Obama supporters are the ones using Republican tactics and its Obama, your leader who said Republicans were the party of ideas so either see a psychiatrist or learn to stop projecting on your own.

Secondly, as another typical better educated Obama supporter you cant count or add which suprises no one: Clinton supporters and anti Obama Democrats are the majority.You do know what the popular vote means dont you?

And as for your having enough, you'll have to find some way to deal with your frustrations which are only going to increase because there is nothing you can do about it.

Anonymous said...

Obama jumped the seal.

Wait til he appears in Bush's flightsuit.

But seriously, this whole episode was not funny at all - because this man lives in pure fantasy, he is an even more dangerous candidate than we thought. He is an empty man, stuffed full of slogans, props, and cultural signals.

mm said...

Tom, Again another insightful article about our presumptuous nominee. I especially liked your insight into the parallel between his fake seal and his fake positions and rhetoric. His lack of wisdom, he doesn't even know who he is and what he stands for, shows up glaringly each day. His superdelegates are beginning to sweat and squirm in their attempts to spin his ever changing positions.

suef said...

Thanks again for your clarity Mark.
As you know, yesterday they announced they wouldn't use the seal anymore and that it was developed for a one time use.
Yet another lie- you have to think about how much time and how many bots sat around devising that seal, throwing around their witty ideas. I seriously doubt that was intended for a one time use!

MR said...

"...I seriously doubt that was intended for a one time use!"

the only thing that should be intended for one time use is Obama's candidacy.

PUMA POWER said...

oh dear oh dear the Obama bus gets a flat tyre for all to see.

You never could seal the deal Obarmy, not without the misuse of Party machinery.

Maybe the Superdelegates you bought off can say that you didn't really try to pull this off?

oops I guess they can't help you with this one.

Anonymous said...

"Obama the Post Turtle" - what a perfect description of BO and DNC!

texmex said...



kanaughty said...

anonymous said...
Obama jumped the seal.

Wait til he appears in Bush's flightsuit.

But seriously, this whole episode was not funny at all - because this man lives in pure fantasy, he is an even more dangerous candidate than we thought. He is an empty man, stuffed full of slogans, props, and cultural signals.

June 24, 2008 6:09 AM

i am waiting for him to ask winnie the pooh to come endorse him the day after he makes hillary campaign with him, because she will absolutely upstage him and he won't like it... but i am also waiting for him to pull out the play-do, the lincoln logs, the legos and the star wars figures cause he certainly thinks everyday is playtime.

kanaughty said...

also, i am almost wondering because this seal was just so ridiculously ridiculous especially in its size... it makes me wonder if he has a little bit of a mole problem in his campaign, like someone set out to sabotage him ;P hehe, that would be the coolest story ever if this would be true.

Michele said...

Great writing really enjoyed it. There is nothing better than reading the blunders of Obama. He is starting to look as bad as George Bush. I really thought it was a Saturday Night Live spoof with his fake presidential seal. Can it get any worse?
Thanks again for a great read.

Minty said...

Always great articles.
If anyone saw the video piece with the governors, Ed Rendell looked like he wanted to crawl into a hole. I felt so bad for the Gov of PA.

Anonymous said...

Marc, thanks for your insightful post.It gave me a good laugh as well as "some food for thought". Truth is,like the other Illinoisan here, I am still waiting for Obama to be my US Senator.

Anonymous said...

Obama should be sitting in jail right now for creating his own presidential seal and paying a hefty fine. He accepts money from bankers and lender who expect a mortgage bailout, coke habit, racist church and friends (Wright), criminal friends (Rezko), terrorist friends (Ayers & Auchi). When they poll me I lie and say I'm voting for him because I want him to be stunned in November.

Anonymous said...

Many valid points but give the guy a break on the secret service protection. First of all, how do we know whether there has been a threat- do you think the secret service publicizes every threat, credible or not, that a candidate or president receives? Also, I worked very closely on a previous presidential campaign, and that candidate had "early" protection- I don't know what you mean by "early" but it was definitely by spring, because that candidate had garnered enough victories that it was likely he would become the nominee. the nominee of course always has secret service protection. If you don't think a black presidential candidate in this country receives threats, you are very naive.

barack who? said...

Great writing...

my only contribution re: the Great Seal Debacle is borrowed from another blog comment: poster's limited knowledge of Latin led him to believe "Vero Possumus", when translated = True Roadkill.