GOP: No LOL over OFA's 'BFD' T(-shirt)
June 29th, 2012
10:33 AM ET
2 years ago

GOP: No LOL over OFA's 'BFD' T(-shirt)

(CNN) – An adviser for Mitt Romney took a shot Friday at the president's re-election campaign, Obama For America (OFA), over a t-shirt it's selling online about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the federal health care law.

The shirt, in big letters, reads: "Health reform still a BFD."

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Obama's Twitter account advertised the shirt in a tweet that has been re-tweeted more than 800 times since it first went out Thursday night.

The three-letter term has nearly reached household status ever since Vice President Joe Biden was caught on mic telling the president in 2010 that the health care legislation was a "big f***ing deal."

Biden, in a fit of nostalgia, poked fun at the two-year-old moment Thursday afternoon and posted on Twitter: "Today's decision is a really big – important – deal."

Now, in an effort to fund-raise off of the Supreme Court's decision Thursday, the Obama campaign is also bringing back the "BFD" with the t-shirt, which sells for $30.

However, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom wasted no time in calling out his rival campaign for what he described as un-presidential behavior.
"Still not presidential. Kids, earmuffs," he wrote.

A Democratic leader faced similar criticism Thursday after posting an off-color tweet immediately after the health care decision was announced.

"It's constitutional. Bitches," wrote Patrick Gaspard, executive director of Democratic National Committee.

While he followed it up with semi-apology, saying he let his excitement get the best of him, Gaspard's tweet nonetheless went viral and sparked criticism over his spiking-the-ball approach.

Also see:

Obama campaign to opponents: Move past health care fight

Fund-raising flurry after Supreme Court ruling

Romney reacts to health care ruling, renews repeal pledge

Obama: Supreme Court decision is a 'victory'


Filed under: 2012 • Health care • President Obama • Supreme Court
soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    @S.B. Stein E.B. NJ: "I can understand their concern over the content of the shirt, but the GOP needs to have something else ready to go before they repeal the president's health insurance law. Frankly, I haven't heard anything about the replace part of their slogan. Where is that part?"

    Mittens yesterday said he would replace Obamacare with ... everything Obamacare provides, such as states creating insurance exchanges; no pre-existing condition exclusions; the ability to keep your current doctor; etc., etc.

    The Repubs are hoping people are ignorant and scared going into the voting booth this November. It's all they've got, because Lord knows they don't have a record of accomplishment to run on.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    June 29, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Phil Thomas

    Rodney's team has a comment on everything Obama does, how about you shed some light on your policy plans.......err for this week since you flip flop constantly. I have no problem with people changing their mind and growing but jeez this guy goes where ever the wind blows or what ever the poles say.

    June 29, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. rockysfan

    Criticized for "spiking the ball comment"? The GOP said no spiking, not the Dems. Research much?

    June 29, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Lionel
    LOL. Republicans would have been celebrating the streets if this was unconstitutional.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    The part I don't understand is why this new ACA bill with a tax instead of forced commerce is not required to go back to congress for approval. A tax was never approved in congress. The bill is changed. It needs to go back.

    June 29, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Kim from Pgh

    Can't wait for the Republicans to come down on Sarah Palin for using "WTF." I mean, they are fair and balanced, right?

    June 29, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Romney=No plan

    Ordering 2 right now!

    OBAMA '12!

    June 29, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. macrasta

    I want one too..

    Obama 2012 (a BFD)

    June 29, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. GozieBoy

    It's breathtaking to see just how much Obama and Biden have diminshed the Office of the President with their crass and obscene behavior. Bubba started it and Obaam is seeing that it gets finished. At least Romney will take dramatic steps to clea out this WH cesspool, but this will be a huge task!

    June 29, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. alex

    BFD! lol. the only bad thing about this shirt is the price. i can make you the same shirt for 1/3 of that. been doing it for 29 years.

    June 29, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. AL in West Palm Beach

    HEY CNN, where do I get mine?

    June 29, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    When you buy gas at the pump, you pay a tax that is used to maintain the highways you drive your car on. You don't have to own a car, but if you do, it's expected and accepted that you'll do your part for the highways that you're using.

    With Obamacare, if you choose to not purchase health insurance, you are required to pay a tax, with the understanding that when (not "if," because everyone seeks medical care at some point in their life) you seek medical care, you will be treated and not left to die.

    This should be abundantly clear to all the rightie-tighties out there. After all, it was your party (and the Heritage Foundation) who originally proposed the idea of an individual mandate back in 1993.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    June 29, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    I'll get one for my husband to check the oil in his car.

    June 29, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Overtly Divisive 80

    Politics have sunk to a level that makes me embarrassed for the candidates. Where did the honor of our leadership go? I'm an independent voter, and this type of "rubbing it in" makes me sympathize with those on the right. I've pretty much decided that while I voted for Obama last time, his lack of dignity in victory makes me feel like I made a big mistake. We need to unite the country, not divide us. He campaigned on that.

    Holding all the children of undocumented hostage if they don't vote him back into office is another sore spot. Why not make that executive order last for the rest of their lives? I guess this is what is meant when people say President Obama plays Chicago style politics.

    Democrats...if you want my vote, stop being so pretentious and try to be a little more inclusive of those of us who might not agree with EVERYTHING Obama has done. Things like these have now pushed me to seriously consider Mitt Romney as my choice for President.

    June 29, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    @Guest: "That is so low class."

    And I bet you thought it was cute when Palin went on Fox and winked and smiled while saying President Obama's slogan of "Winning the Future" was "WTF" ....

    June 29, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. joe

    I'll take a dozen. If the repubs don't like it, it must be good.

    June 29, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. mary fox

    roflmao! i freakin love it!!!!

    June 29, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    I prefer my T-shirt.... it says "Bye Bye Obummer". The American people will show the Democrats on November 6th just what a BFD they think it is. The 2010 election will seem like the good old days.

    June 29, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. MaryM

    Great Shirt. Will order 5 for the family.

    Obama/Biden 2012
    Clinton/Warren 2016

    June 29, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. J Russ

    makes Carter look better every day

    June 29, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Get Willard the tax man some cheese to go with his whine

    June 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. carlos

    Four and The Door....means: Four more years and you are out of The Door, hehehehehe

    June 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. anotherGDlefty

    So what, it is a BFD.
    C'mon Mr. Rmoney, it was a great plan when YOU instituted it in MA.
    Now it suddenly sucks?
    What will YOU replace it with and when Mr. Rmoney?

    June 29, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. jake

    woooooooo. looks like a huge win for the president and the american people. would love to get a few of those shirts too. obama 2012.

    June 29, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. John in Vegas

    Joe Biden: Relating to all Americans, not just the out of touch and elite. Mitt Romney could use the lesson.

    June 29, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Mags

    They've been selling that shirt for a while now, long before the decision yesterday. Way to totally not pay attention, GOP. And also, grow up. There's no difference between BFD and WTF.

    June 29, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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