June 24, 2008 |
Barack Obama's campaign has shelved the quasi-presidential seal that it unveiled just Friday. Critics called the design a sign of bad judgment and arrogance. It echoed the official presidential seal, with a Latin version of his "Yes, we can" motto replacing "E pluribus unum" and his rising-sun campaign logo replacing the bald eagle's Stars and Stripes shield. It was on Obama's lectern when he spoke at a Democratic governors meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1988
I'm confused about your article (April 9) concerning Christopher Cox and his lawsuit against the state of California. In all of his appearances and in his recent mailers Cox, a 40th Congressional District candidate, talks about his experience as a "key" and "senior" adviser to the President. He even sued the state of California for permission to list our President's name next to his on the official ballot to emphasize his "senior associate counsel" relationship to our President.
August 16, 2009 |
President Obama put his stamp on a token gift treasured by travelers on Air Force One -- boxes of M&Ms. Seven months after Obama took office, the small boxes bearing the signature of the 44th president were unveiled this weekend in the midst of his four-day, four-state trip through the West. The boxes containing red, white and blue peanut M&Ms were handed out on the plane Saturday. On one side: the presidential seal and Obama's John Hancock scrawled in gold. On the other: a yellow M&M marching with an American flag.
November 3, 1996 |
Rent-free residence in the White House, with swimming pool, putting green, tennis court, exercise room, jogging track, horseshoe pit, bowling alley, movie theater and 18 acres of beautifully tended grounds. The White House has 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, 29 fireplaces and three elevators. Excluding the basement, it is 42,840 square feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1996
Mine was one of the letters for "The President and Me" that did not get printed. No matter. The 17 that were selected were much more poignant than mine. It was an impressive collection. But what has prompted me to write is the artwork and the design. And I don't mean the presidential seal and the 14 daguerreotypes of the presidents that rimmed the first group of letters. No, what really grabbed me was the magnificent mural of a presidential touring car full of generals and dignitaries with Sir Winston Churchill and Harry Truman standing in the rumble seat.
March 23, 2009
Re "Tough economy, L.A. traffic, Leno -- one busy day," March 20 In these hard economic times, I want the tenor of the American president to be, at all times, serious and somber. I want to see him behind the presidential seal at least pretending to reprimand those who have pillaged and plundered taxpayers' dollars. I want to see his face hardened and grimaced when he speaks about what has happened here. I do not want to see him on "The Tonight Show." Yes, it may let him mix with the masses, reminding us that he is still one of us, but doesn't he have more important things to do?