Seal of the president of the United States

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Seal of the president
of the United States
ArmigerPresident of the United States
AdoptedUnknown (current definition from 1945)
CrestBehind and above the eagle a radiating glory Or, on which appears an arc of thirteen cloud puffs proper, and a constellation of thirteen mullets argent
EscutcheonPaleways of thirteen pieces argent and gules, a chief azure
SupportersAn American eagle displayed holding in his dexter talon an olive branch and in his sinister a bundle of thirteen arrows all proper, and in his beak a white scroll inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM sable
MottoE pluribus unum
Other elementsThe whole surrounded by white stars arranged in the form of an annulet with one point of each star outward on the imaginary radiating center lines, the number of stars conforming to the number of stars in the union of the Flag of the United States
UseOn documents from the U.S. President to the U.S. Congress, and as a symbol on presidential vehicles, podiums, and other places

The seal of the president of the United States[1] is used to mark correspondence from the president of the United States[2] to the U.S. Congress. It is also used as a symbol of the presidency itself. The central design, based on the Great Seal of the United States, is the official coat of arms of the U.S. presidency. It is also appears on the presidential flag.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Eisenhower, Dwight D. (February 5, 1960). "Executive Order 10860—Coat of arms, seal, and flag of the President of the United States". The American Presidency Project.
  2. Patterson, Richard Sharpe; Dougall, Richardson (1978) [1976 i.e. 1978]. The Eagle and the Shield: A History of the Great Seal of the United States. Department and Foreign Service series; 161 Department of State publication; 8900. Washington : Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, Dept. of State : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off. p. 409. LCCN 78602518. OCLC 4268298.
  3. Seelye, Katharine Q. (October 24, 2005). "Protecting the Presidential Seal. No Joke". The New York Times. (TimesSelection subscription required)
  4. "White House to Onion: Stop using seal". CNN. Archived from the original on 28 October 2005. Retrieved 25 October 2005.

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