White House to 'Onion': No More Seal The White House is up to its ears in controversy, but made time to send a legal letter to The Onion ordering the satirical newspaper to stop using the presidential seal. The seal can't be used commercially or to suggest the president's endorsement. The Onion counters its readers know it's a joke. How did the White House find out? A spokesman tells a real newspaper -- The New York Times -- that some Bush staffers do have a sense of humor -- and read The Onion.