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#1 CasmiUK

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 18:35

Rhode Island’s own A.T. Cross Company made the pen that President Obama will use to sign a series of inauguration documents and executive orders today.

The company, founded in Providence in 1846 and now based in Lincoln, was selected by the Obama-Biden transition team to provide the president’s official writing instruments. Marketing manager Lori Geshelin said yesterday that Cross has provided pens for many presidents.

With just a week’s notice, the company delivered the specially designed Cross Townsend black lacquer rolling-ball pens that will be used today.

They feature the presidential coat of arms and are engraved with Obama’s signature on the barrel.

The company sells a similar pen on its Web site, www.cross.com, for $135. A version in 10-karat gold is also available.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 18:50

Ahhh, I saw that. Cross made Bush's official pens too.

I saw him use it for signing documents right after the inauguration, and thought it looked like an MB but with a squared off barrel end. That it's a Cross hashes with the limited view I had of the pen. smile.gif
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 19:02

So he is using an American made pen. Good for him.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 19:27

When do the fakes hit the bay? sick.gif

Edited by MrK, 20 January 2009 - 19:29.

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#5 BillTheEditor

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 19:29

QUOTE (MrK @ Jan 20 2009, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When do the fakes hit the bay sick.gif

What, you haven't bought yours yet?

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 19:44

QUOTE (BillTheEditor @ Jan 20 2009, 02:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (MrK @ Jan 20 2009, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When do the fakes hit the bay sick.gif

What, you haven't bought yours yet?


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#7 ExcaliburZ

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 01:28

wow, that is so cool.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 02:42

Be cooler if it was a fountain pen and not a roller ball.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 03:10

yes but they pens are only used officially once and FP use is uncommon.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:17

Yeh I saw the whole thing when he signed the paper. i actually thought it was a fountain pen and not a rollerball but I guess not. But there is one thing I can say for certain, Obama writes in a really funny angle.


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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:21

"I was told not to swipe the pen." I like his humour. thumbup.gif


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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:24

QUOTE (ExcaliburZ @ Jan 21 2009, 03:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yes but they pens are only used officially once and FP use is uncommon.


It's strange because when I see certain Heads of State on television signing major agreements etc they always seem to use a FP.

Maybe its just for the Camera's unsure.gif

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:41

QUOTE (BillTheEditor @ Jan 21 2009, 06:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (MrK @ Jan 20 2009, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When do the fakes hit the bay sick.gif

What, you haven't bought yours yet?

No, but I downloaded a pirate copy of the inauguration from bit torrent yesterday...


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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:04

QUOTE ((bleep) @ Jan 20 2009, 02:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So he is using an American made pen. Good for him.

K


It's probably made in China, not the USA. Cross Townsends are all made in China now. The perception is there, but there are no more 100% USA pen companies. USA company, yes. USA made, no.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 13:57

QUOTE (Batman @ Jan 21 2009, 12:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeh I saw the whole thing when he signed the paper. i actually thought it was a fountain pen and not a rollerball but I guess not. But there is one thing I can say for certain, Obama writes in a really funny angle.

Maybe that's why he like a lot of lefties don't use a FP. Ink doesn't dry fast enough for dragging your sleeve across. Just a thought.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 17:38

I beleive that Cross has had the Whitehouse contract for some time now.

For the most part I believe they are engraved bill signing Townsend Select Tips. With "important" (perception varies on that one) bills POTUS signs with several pens and hands them out to the assembled throng.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 18:32

I just poked around eBay and found someone asking $300 for the 10kt commemorative Century ballpoint that the official website is selling for $120. rolleyes.gif
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 18:52

QUOTE (BillZ @ Jan 21 2009, 08:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Batman @ Jan 21 2009, 12:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeh I saw the whole thing when he signed the paper. i actually thought it was a fountain pen and not a rollerball but I guess not. But there is one thing I can say for certain, Obama writes in a really funny angle.

Maybe that's why he like a lot of lefties don't use a FP. Ink doesn't dry fast enough for dragging your sleeve across. Just a thought.


Yes, those first few act orders of his new office appeared to be very nicely prepared and bound.

Probably wouldn't have been real good for him to sign his first Presedential orders then drag his
sleeve over them leaving some ink schmeered mess. yikes.gif

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 19:16

Why doesn't cross just use their "presidential pen" status as a marketing gimmick. I mean if it's good enough for the president of the United States, it's good enough for everyone.


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Posted 21 January 2009 - 19:57

Yeah, a lot of lefties develop that "crab arm" hook when writing, to avoid ink smears. I'll bet Obama has made extensive use of word processors for writing... certainly he was a Blackberry addict! I imagine it'll be a weird feeling for him not having a cell phone... I wonder if he'll carry a PDA?
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