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2008 Presidential Campaign

USA Yes We Can

[USA Yes We Can flag]
image by Ron Lahav, 26 November 2008
          [USA Yes We Can vertical flag]
vertical flag image by Pete Loeser, 21 August 2013

Here is a belated contribution to the recent Presidential election frenzy in the US. This is a Barack Obama 'Yes We Can' flag.
Ron Lahav, 26 November 2008

It is rare when an American campaign slogan becomes a worldwide phenomena, but Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign slogan of "Yes We Can" seems to have transcended international boundaries and become just that. Naturally, there are flags associated with it.

The Slogan was first introduced into the American political scene in "Senator" Barack Obama's remarks after he won the Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina, the slogan has since then spread far and wide. Originally used by the Scottish National Party's campaign in the United Kingdom General Election in 1997, it was re-purposed by Obama with his words "...and where we are met with cynicism and doubt and fear by those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of the American people in three simple words - yes, we can."

It should be pointed out here that for years the slogan has been used by the character of "Bob the Builder" in the popular British children's animated television show, which in turn, we might even speculate that this influenced its use in the Obama family.

Whatever the origins of the slogan, it has now been adopted by the United Farm Workers and is well known amongst Latinos in its Spanish form Si se puede. In the 2014 Indian General elections, Chief Minister Narendra Modi used the chants of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram" to start off his Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign."
Pete Loeser, 21 August 2013


Obama Yes We Can

[Obama Yes We Can flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 26 November 2008

We call that the USA - Yes We Can flag. Here's also the Obama - Yes We Can which is available as a vertical flag only.
Rick Wyatt, 26 November 2008

It was a slogan for the one candidate, Barack Obama. When the win became evident, supporters switched from chanting "yes we can" to "yes we did". My point is that there are more than one. Already there are two groups of items with the slogan on them. To distinguish between the two, we call one USA-ywc (USA/stripes) and the other Obama-ywc because it has his picture on it.
Rick Wyatt, 26 November 2008


2016 Presidential Campaign

Any number of novelty flags are for sale online to support nearly all of the candidates (including many that have already withdrawn from the race), only two campaigns have produced flags that are actively being used by their supporters at rallies as shown in broadcast and print media - the Bernie Sanders campaign on the Democratic side and the Donald Trump campaign on the Republican side.
Randy Young, 13 March 2016


Bernie Sanders flag

[Presidential Campaign flag] image by Randy Young, 13 March 2016

The Bernie Sanders campaign flag can be seen in photographs online at http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo and https://www.bostonglobe.com/news...story.html. The flag features the campaign logo centered on a white field. The logo consists of the name "Bernie" in light blue letters, underlined by waving light blue, white, and red lines. Below the underlined name is the year "2016" in light blue with a light blue line to either side.
Randy Young, 13 March 2016

There should be two additional waving lines - blue at the top hoist, emerging from the hoist edge and red at the bottom fly, which is not completely visible, but is probably emerging from the fly edge (if the logo is meant to be symmetrical).
Tomislav Todorovic, 14 March 2016


Donald Trump flag

[Presidential Campaign flag] [Presidential Campaign flag] images by Randy Young, 13 March 2016

The Donald Trump campaign has two main flags that can be most often seen, and the two are inversed colors of each other. The first flag features the campaign logo centered on a white field within a thin red orle, and can be seen online at http://www.gannett-cdn.com. The name "TRUMP" is centered in bold, dark blue, capital letters, with the slogan "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" in smaller dark blue capital letters beneath the name. Above and below the words are four dark blue stars in a row. The inverse color version of this flag - with the dark blue and white parts of the flag reversed - is also commonly seen, such as at http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/vendor-sets-up-a-campaign-flag-for-donald-trump-president-news-photo/513092272 and http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/vendor-holds-a-donald-trump-president-and-chief-executive-news-photo/503501098. The dark blue version of the flag also appears to have some variants, including one without the red orle and one where the orle has been reduced to just two horizontal red lines - one at the top and one at the bottom.
Randy Young, 13 March 2016

[Presidential Campaign flag] image by Randy Young, 21 October 2016

This variant has five stars twice.
Randy Young, 21 October 2016


Flags of other parties

To date, I have found no evidence of a flag representing the Hillary Clinton campaign, though some are posted for sale on various websites. I have not yet found any photographic evidence of flags at a Clinton rally other than American and state flags.

Looking at photographs of Libertarian rallies for Gary Johnson, the most common flags are American and Gadsden flags, and I have yet to find any photographic evidence of specific flags representing the Johnson campaign.

Likewise, I have not found photographic evidence of specific flags representing the Jill Stein campaign of the Green Party. Thanks to some terrific research from our own Tomislav Todorovic, however, we do have the flag of the Green Party of the United States. The flag, which can be seen online at http://www.theday.com/article/20141014/NWS12/141019891, consists of a white field with light green bars at the top and bottom, each approximately one-sixth the height of the flag. Centered in the white portion of the field is the Green Party logo, which features the name of the party in dark green letters with a dark green star above the name toward the hoist and toward the fly. Centered above the name is a flower-like image showing the Earth in the petals of the flower, all in multiple shades of green.
Randy Young, 21 October 2016