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Obama gets his own nifty Great Seal

"...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?

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...."

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Submitted by Iphie on

I can't wait to see what the superhero logo he's going to wear on his chest looks like. Maybe that'll be unveiled the next time he's getting some bad press and needs to change the subject again. Dubya had the Wild West as a thematic backdrop, Obama can have the world of DC Comics.

Oooh, wait! Maybe Two-Face? He starts out good, but then

Two-Face was once Harvey Dent, District Attorney of Gotham City and close ally of Batman. After a criminal disfigured half of his face with acid, Dent became the insane crime boss Two-Face who would choose to do either good or evil depending upon the results of flipping a coin

Heads, the 4th Amendment -- tails, telecom immunity -- who knows how Two-Face will decide!

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Submitted by amberglow on

"...After a wild ovation, Obama gave a full throated endorsement of Obama while maintaining that selecting Obama was Obama's first move in selecting a 'cabinet of rivals' which many Washington insiders suspect could include a nomination of former Illinois state senator Barack Obama for Secretary of State or the selection of best selling author Barack Obama for Attorney General.

"Yes, we have differences; take our positions on NAFTA, " said Obama. "Consider Senator Obama's strong and principled opposition to the bill that gives immunity to telecom companies; the very bill that I'm about to vote in favor of this coming week. Or contrast my own deeply held faith with Senator Obama's respect for science."

"So, we're one -- but we're not the same," ..."

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Submitted by Fredster on

Now is the eagle tilted to the left or the right?

Possibly it's on a swivel depending on the topic and day of the week?

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Submitted by campskunk on

...what's latin for "muscle little old ladies in the caucuses"?

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Submitted by Historiann on

It's striking the extent to which Obama has learned from the Bush years. To some extent, I admire the audacity of his propaganda, but does anyone think that those audacious staged set-pieces have served Bush in the long run? (I'm thinking in particular of the Commander Codpiece moment, May 1, 2003, but also of the use of large-print repeated words in the hokey backdrops that have characterized Bush's public appearances throughout his presidency.)

History will judge whether or not this faux Presidential Seal will make him look like a big jerk in retrospect. I'm just not sure images like this are worth the potential future embarassment.

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Submitted by Corner Stone on

"but does anyone think that those audacious staged set-pieces have served Bush in the long run?"

I would think this is obvious. He's been in the WH for 8 years. That is the only long run he or any of the powers behind him cared about.
BHO has learned well.

Submitted by jawbone on

government seals as being illegal. Fines and possible jail time.

Is this subject to that kind of law? Any lawyers know?

Bottom of post, Update II has the quote:

And, yes, the similarities to BushBoy and Rove's campaign to get a virtually unknown, except for name, pol elected president are truly scary. We didn't really know what we were getting with George "Compassionate Conservative" Bush--and we don't know what we're getting with Obama.

Obama will inherit the powers BushCo as brought to the unitary executive, now abetted by a craven Democratic Congress in the FISA legislation, and will also, if he wins, most likely come in with an actual win if not a landslide. A tendency toward arrogance will not suddenly be turned to humility.

What will happen? I've never felt this way about any Dem candidate, that I simply did not know how the person would govern. Jimmie Carter was not a national figure, but he pretty much made his approach clear. This candidate??? Not much at all.

BTW, one of the rules of dating is that if the person tells you up front he or she is likely to disappoint you, you damn well better believe it. No matter how much you're trying to make your own dream apply to that person. Applies to life--and politics especially.

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

No, we will not adapt / be broken to fit. How stupid are you?

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Submitted by orionATL on

the obama campaign aren't fools? (at least i don't thinks so)

so what do they hope to gain from this?

is it to establish a sense of inevitability?

if so, isn't here another, less pompously presumptive, way to do so?

i'm baffled by this and a lot of other obama behavior that i consider arrogant,

and more to the point for a national politican,

NEEDLESSLY arrogant.

perhaps it's this

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

i’m baffled by this and a lot of other obama behavior that i consider arrogant,
and more to the point for a national politican,
NEEDLESSLY arrogant.

no need to be baffled.
just look at Bush's approval ratings.

Just as Bush could get away with virtually anything (like the commander codpiece stunt) when his approval ratings were really high, so too can Obama get away with anything right now because, as the "presumptive" Democratic nominee, he is the official avatar of "not Bush".

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Submitted by orionATL on

at rezkowatch

there's a list of weblog commenters in the "notes" - didn't read any, so can't speak for quality.

obviously, the "possumus" part of this is the great opportunity for ridicule,

and ridicule is the most deadly weapon in politics.

can we have a post here at corrente that is essentially a bulletin board onto which all are invited to put up their ridicule of this pretentious horse shit.

Possumus Ridicule-us?

or should that be "Ridiculous"?

Submitted by lambert on

... I thought we'd crammed ee cummings into his coffin....

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by bringiton on

Buffalo Bill's


who used to

ride a watersmooth-silver


and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat


he was a handsome man

and what i want to know is

how do you like your blueeyed boy

Mister Death

Submitted by lambert on

But then, seals always bark when they jump sharks, right?

Seriously, which staffer thought this was a good idea? Who checked the art before it went out? Who signed off on the invoice?

Where were the advance people, who let this example of ludricrous presumption get onto a podium, and then on TV?

This is Dean scream-level staffing effort.*

Somebody's been drinking their own Kool-Aid, and that's not a good sign.

NOTE Dean's people should have gotten him the right kind of mike, and shouldn't have let FOX near the feed.

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by orionATL on

thanks for the link in answer to my question.

more fun was the link to latin.

latin - my all time favorite language. it might not have been useful, but it was beautiful, and i learned a ton of history while working on it - alia jacta est, dicit*.

*feel free to correct.

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Submitted by orionATL on


i don't know cummings work, except for the notorious,

or much of poetry for that matter,

but that is a delightful poem, and

"a watersmooth-silver stallion"

is just beautiful, beautiful language -

i'm not talking about the image; i'm talking about the sound of the english words.

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Submitted by Sarah on

I hope Denzel and Cuba both tell the casting magnates to get stuffed.

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

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Submitted by bringiton on

Why wait and let someone else get hold of the narrative? Why share the profits?

Think Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars meets Gimme Shelter, but hopefully without the Altamont sequence. Probably will end up with one, but we can hope. If they'll include something as perfect as Bowie telling his audience to STFU during an acoustic set, I'll be well pleased.

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Submitted by blogtopus on

Makes him look like a 3rd grader running for class hamster-wrangler.

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Submitted by bringiton on

Like this guy here


After processing with soul-disclosure software:


turns out he doesn't have one.

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

Chertoff would look creepy even if surrounded by puppies and kittens!