Put That Seal On eBay, I GuessJune 23, 2008
The other day, I was perusing the political interwebs and noticed that there was quite a buzz over Barack Obama’s new podium “seal”:
My initial reaction, I left at Jimmie’s site:
Obama is running for president. The blue seal is an advertising/PR gimmick, playing on the design of the presidential seal. Panties need not be twisted.
Now, today, checking memeorandum again, I see that the reaction isn’t quite what the Obama camp had hoped for, so with only one use and around 48hrs later, the plug is pulled on the seal concept. Perhaps those panties got twisted after all.
Cue the “thrown under the bus” line.
Anyway, I figure that, even if the graphic design department of Obama’s marketing team swings and misses every once and awhile, there could be a silver lining: Ebay. Collectors just love things that were only used once, are controversial, and represent their own milestone in American history, so maybe it’d get a fair price. Donate the proceeds to a worthy cause, and presto!… you’ve turned a losing idea into a winning one.
Update: I’ve cross-posted this over on Obama’s site. What the heck, maybe they’ll do it.