President Obama Used in Jacket Ad, Without White House Approval

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jan 6, 2010 5:43pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: President Obama’s picture is being used without White House approval in an ad campaign for a jacket company. The company Weatherproof Garment Company has put up a billboard in Times Square featuring a photograph of the President wearing one of their jackets while on a recent trip to the Great Wall in China from November.  Beneath the photo it says, “A Leader In Style.” The White House says they do not approve of Mr. Obama’s image being used without permission. “The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the President’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton says in a statement.  The White House says they will be contacting the company and asking them to take the billboard down – as they feel the ad is clearly misleading because the company suggests the approval or endorsement of the President or the White House that it does not have. But Weatherproof feels that they have done nothing wrong, and are not taking down the advertisement. In fact Weatherproof president Freddie Stollmack says they will are looking for additional places to display the ad since it has gotten so much attention so far. “We are very proud of the ad and we have no intention of taking it down,” Stollmack tells ABC News, “we’re not demonstrating that Obama is endorsing our product. We are just basically very happy to see that after 100 years we finally got a stylish president.” The company attained the photograph through the Associate Press’ photo service, and say they have not been contacted by the White House yet about the advertisement. This of course follows First Lady Michelle Obama’s photograph being used this week, also without White House consent, in a fur-free campaign by PETA. -Sunlen Miller

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