Sometimes when things come down hard on you — like being razzed by
your own supporters for your choice of Supreme Court Nominee and
members of your posse getting indicted — you have to go for whatever
little victories you can get. In this case, the victory in question is
“It has come to my attention that The Onion is using the
presidential seal on its Web site,” Grant M. Dixton, associate counsel
to the president, wrote to The Onion on Sept. 28. (At the time, Mr.
Dixton’s office was also helping Mr. Bush find a Supreme Court nominee;
days later his boss, Harriet E. Miers, was nominated.)
the United States Code, Mr. Dixton wrote that the seal “is not to be
used in connection with commercial ventures or products in any way that
suggests presidential support or endorsement.” Exceptions may be made,
he noted, but The Onion had never applied for such an exception.