Why is Obama using the seal?

President-elect Obama standing next to what looks like the presidential seal

President-elect Obama standing next to what looks like the presidential seal

Why is Obama standing next to what appears to be the presidential seal?

How did his transition team obtain the seal, and how was Obama allowed to stand next to it? Or, if they did not obtain the actual seal, have they manufactured one designed to look like the real thing?

According to 18 USC Section 713, it is strictly illegal for anybody other than the president to use the seal, a law which quite appropriately has always been followed and enforced aggressively.

Here is a link to the original AFP photo, via Yahoo. Below is an AP photo of the mock campaign seal, via the Weekly Standard.

During the campaign, the Obama team produced a mock presidential seal for the candidate to use, although quickly ceased after widespread public ridicule. You’d think he would’ve learned.

Obama briefly used a mock seal during the campaign

Obama briefly used a mock seal during the campaign

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