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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Image matters

We received a reader comment about Obama and the fact that a flag logo was removed from the charter plane the campaign uses and replaced with a campaign 'O' logo.
I checked it out on Snopes, and it is true.
The flag logo was part of the charter company's logo, so naturally it would be removed by a long-lease customer doing a repainting.
But you also can't overestimate the power of image and people's ability to find meaning where there may or may not be any. Some PR-savvy campaign worker probably should have realized this.
In fairness, McCain's plane doesn't have any large flag logos, either.
Gaffs: Obama 1, McCain 1 (the Paris Hilton ad)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hold on a second. first--of course he repainted the plane. it's his campaign plane so he wants his own logo on it. second, the image he put on it IS an American flag--no not the exact same one that was one previously, but what else could the red and white stripes be? A barber pole? Please people, stop being stupid.

August 13, 2008 at 9:18 AM 

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