Yes We Can!…Read Latin Posted on June 26th, 2008 by

There’s Latin on Barack Obama’s new campaign logo. Take a look here.

The seal includes the same bald eagle as the actual presidential seal clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons, but instead of a shield covering the center of the eagle’s body, the Obama version displays the campaign’s trademark “O.” Unlike the Presidential seal, which includes the words “Seal of the President of the United States” around the circumference, “Obama for America” and “” grace the top and bottom of Obama’s.

Finally, just above the eagle, in Latin, are the words – “vero possumus” – which translates to “yes we can,” the oft-heard chant at Obama rallies.



  1. Brenda Dorn says:

    Could you give me any information regarding a latin language program?
    I have an exchange student living with me from Germany;who has studied the latin language for 4 years. She needs to keep up with her studies; is their any study groups or courses that she could take? and the cost?

  2. Yurie Hong says:

    There are a few options available to someone who wants to keep up with their Latin. Nearby schools offering Latin are a good resource for information on tutors and informal reading groups. Many universities have extension programs that might allow her to take classes, and depending on your location there may be some language academies that offer courses as well. If you’re in Minnesota you can email the Vice President of the Classical Association of Minnesota for information ( I would suggest looking online to see what is available in your area and emailing the Latin teacher/chair of the classics department for details. Good luck!