Saturday, June 21, 2008

Obama's new "seal" upsets some ...

So apparently, Barack Obama is going for some visual reminder that he is presidential. He's had his team craft an "Obama for America" seal, that reminds some of the presidential seal.

I recall when we went to the National Archives in April, there was an exhibit for kids to create their own seal. It was kind of cute. Maybe Obama was there too. Maybe that's where he got the idea.

Of course, Obama's not the first to take some flak for this. The Next Right - in a post designed to hurt Obama on this issue - points out that John McCain used an actual flag on his bumper stickers in 2000. Gasp. and in 2004, Kerry used something that looked a lot like a flag. OMG!

I must say, I find it funny. First Obama is attacked for not wearing a flag ... thereby being unpatriotic. Now he's TOO patriotic? I'm not really sure what the argument is here, but it's certainly interesting.

My take? The seal is a bit odd. Maybe presumptuous. But that's not the reason I'm not voting for Obama.

Sabres draft party pretty cool ...

It's amazing how many people will come out to HSBC Arena ... even when there's not a game.

Last night, for example, there were thousands of hockey fans at the arena for the Sabres NHL Draft Party. The team offered pix with Sabretooth (that's me at left - click to see the rest of my pix from the night), autographs, discounts at the Sabres Store, kids with sticks and helmets could play floor hockey on the floor of HSBC Arena, plus tours of the Sabres locker room.

I made sure to get a photo of Max Afinogenov's locker as rumors had swirled that he would end up part of a trade during the draft - maybe for a bag of pucks or something. Despite a - let's say - lackluster season last year, he's still my fave.

According to the Sabres, by the way, there were 3,000 people there. I'd buy it. It was a very cool thing to do.