Tom Lennox, VP-corporate communications for A&F, said the company doesn't "seek product placement at all."
He went on: "We appreciate the exposure, but can not take credit for it. So, thanks to the Obama campaign for this great product placement. We wish we had thought of it."
But lest anyone think that A&F, like the media, is in the tank for Obama, Lennox added, "If Hillary is interested, we have stores all over North Carolina, Indiana and Oregon."
Lennox, who sounded like he was getting a kick out of the brouhaha, called it a fun, humorous story and said he'd fielded a few calls today from people curious about it.
The Obama campaign didn't respond to questions.