I was just on facebook and saw a post that made the following statement: Only two people in history had their own symbols, Hitler (followed by a swastika) and Obama (followed by a red, white and blue capital O). Here’s the link to the site referenced by the post. The actual part posted on facebook is found on page two.
Okay, the guy’s an idiot and I’m not interested in any opinions about the foolishness of the post or the link. The site linked to is ignorant beyond belief and all I could do was glace over a couple things before giving up. Obviously we’re dealing with. . uh . . hmmm . . well, whatever it is it’s a really good example of it and we needn’t dwell on it further.
My question is - what other people, if any, had personal symbols? You can use your own judgement on what constitutes a personal symbol and how personal they were.
My guess is that neither Hitler nor Obama actually sat down and chose those symbols to represent themselves. For various reasons they just became associated with them. With Hitler (while I guess he did pick the swastika himself I’m not sure how much he personally associated himself with it) I’d imagine they were both so reviled that they just seemed to go together. Obama’s “symbol”, I’m suspecting, was some invention of the Democratic party’s apparatchik and became attached to him largely through the internet. I’m not much attached to either theory, nor are they particularly well thought out, so feel free to fight ignorance.
Anywho, any else had personal symbols?