Remember that silly campaign “seal” that the Obama campaign unveiled late last week? Just about everyone seemed to the think the “seal” was a bad idea, from staunch Obama supporters in the blogopshere, to the media, it was mocked and ridiculed. The good news is, it didn’t take team Obama too long to figure out that they needed to pull the bad “seal” out of circulation. Marc Ambinder reports he’s been “told that Obama recognizes that it was a silly mistake, that the universal reaction at Wacker and Michigan was, “Boy, was that dumb,” and that they don’t think the seal staging will matter to actual voters.”
Ambinder goes on to note:
Does the press think Obama is arrogant? Yes. Does the seal represent arrogance? Only tangentially, actually. The worry for Obama’s image managers is that it gives the press a pretext to call Obama arrogant, an example for them to add to a list of arrogant moments, and a way to distract them from what Obama is saying. Obama, as I’ve written, is certainly more confident than the average Democratic presidential candidate. He doesn’t particularly care about making nice with his traveling press corps, and he is personally disciplined and self-contained. Just like McCain’s staff is remarkably sensitive to how the press covers their candidate, Obama’s staff is hyperattentive to Obama’s public image. They want him to appear strong and presidential; they want him to appear loyal and patriotic and down-to-earth; they take a broad view of history and try to make sure that Obama falls on the right side of it; they are protective to a fault; unlike McCain, Obama generally does not operate outside his comfort zone, and his political instincts are very cautious and risk-averse. Some Obama aides are enraptured by the idea of an Obama brand that transcends politics; others, including most of those who are actually close to the candidate, are much, much more concerned with the type of hubris that all the talk of an Obama brand actually encourages.
Interestingly AdAge chimed in saying the “seal” gave the impression of “combined elements of Richard Nixon’s White House police uniforms and George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished.”” Yet more reasons why the “seal” was such a bad idea.
Well thank goodness we won’t have that bad “seal” to kick around any more. It was a lame brain idea.