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Capture the Flag

Claim:   Image shows a stylized U.S. flag print offered for sale by the Obama campaign.


Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, September 2012]

I received a Facebook post "Campaign Redesigns American Flag" which indicated that President Obama had replaced the 50 stars of the U.S. flag with the Campaign "O" symbol.


Origins:   In September 2012, the official Barack Obama campaign web site offered
for sale a screen print showing a stylized rendition of the U.S. flag with the Obama campaign logo replacing the field of stars in the canton, as shown above. The 24"x36" “Our Stripes: Flag Print” poster was designed by Ross Bruggink and Dan Olson and is being sold in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered units for $35 each.

A statement issued by the Obama campaign via Twitter described the image as “A poster to say there are no red states or blue states, only the United States.” (The poster is just a campaign gimmick, however; it does not depict, as sometimes claimed, a "new flag [that] will be flying on all government buildings starting on November 7th, 2012.")

Another print by the same designers (“Our Stripes: Flag Print”), also for sale on the Obama campaign site, features a similar design in the shape of an outline of the United States:

The pages for both these items were removed from the Obama campaign site's online store about four days after they went up.

Banners created by placing a candidate's image, name, or other representation on the U.S. flag as a form of campaign promotion have a long history in American politics and were quite common from the 1840s to the 1880s, as illustrated by this example from 1860:

Earlier in 2012, U.S. flag bearing an image of Barack Obama prompted controversy when it was flown over a Florida county's Democratic headquarters building.

Last updated:   24 September 2012

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