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New Obama lOgO for RecOvery.gOv. Guess what it lOOks like?

The newly designed logo for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act campaign

So what do you think? Too busy? Inspiring? Confounding? Absolutely stunning?

This is the newly unveiled logo for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (or ARARA, as we like to call it).

They didn't have room on it for the trillion 000,000,000,000,000's.

But it does have gears to represent the American automobile industry that's on its way out and the manufacturing sector that's already vanished from the land. It has eight stars to represent, uh, some of the 13 original Colonies.

It's got the "website number" that Vice President  Biden couldn't remember on TV. (For a funny video, go here.)

And the new logo has poison ivy leaves to represent the green revolution that hasn't quite caught on yet because few people can afford the extra costs that come with it and the ones that can are gonna get taxed extra because they can afford it and didn't vote for the winner anyway.

Our colleague Adam Tschorn elsewhere on this site has an interesting evaluation by two artists of the new logo designed by the same firm that helped come up with the famous Obama campaign logo (see below).

Oh, look! The new logo is also a big O. That's probably just a coincidence though because President 0bama swears he's not even thinking about 2012 on account of the economic crisis being so bad right now. Otherwise, the new logo could have been a rough square kinda like the shape of, say, ArizOna.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Gears replace the hammer, a leaf replaces the sickle.

Get To Know Joe Biden
Since Joe Biden has been selected by Obama to oversee the implementation of the Stimulus plan, I thought it would be good to refresh our collective memories on Joe Biden.

In September 1987, Joe Biden's Presidential campaign ran into problems when he plagiarized a speech by Neil Kinnock, who was then-leader of the British Labour Party.

It was also discovered that, when he was a law student at Syracuse Law School, he had plagiarized a law review article. While the then-dean of the law school, as well as Biden's former professor, played down the seriousness of the incident, they did find Biden drew "chunks of heavy legal prose directly from" the article in question. Biden said it was unintentional due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, (after 4 years of college one should know the rules of citation) and Biden was permitted to retake the course after receiving a grade of F, which was later dropped from his record.

When questioned by a New Hampshire resident about his grades in law school, Biden had inaccurately recalled graduating in the "top half" of his class when he actually graduated 76th from a class of 85, and he also falsely stated that he had received a full scholarship, and had earned three degrees. The truth is that he had received two majors, History and Political Science, and a single B.A degree, as well as a half scholarship based on financial need, not academic achievement .

When he was confronted with these truths, Biden withdrew from the nomination race on September 23, 1987, saying his candidacy had been overrun by "the exaggerated shadow" of his past mistakes.

Now aren't you glad Joe is watching over the Stimulus for us?????


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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