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. Jack

    Alexithymic Mitt knows he won't be selling any T-shirts-–not even for one dollar a piece.

    June 29, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Smeagel4T

    Where's your pride, Romney? Romneycare is your baby. Have a little pride in your accomplishment.

    Wait! Wait! I can hear Romney coming to the podium now: "flip flop flip flop flip flop..."

    Let's hear it everyone! "George Bush 2012!!!!" Err... ummm... sorry... I meant, "Romney 2012!!!!" What with their ALREADY FAILED policies being identical, it's so hard to tell them apart.

    June 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Doug in NYC

    LOL, I love all the people saying they got one to "Line the Kitty Litter Box" and "Check the car oil", fact remains, you had to BUY it from PRESIDENT Obama's campaign website. So you're supporting the President.

    Gees, do the republicans think much?

    June 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Cheesehead

    Oh no, they said the word TAX. Help us all! I better rush out and give $1200 to a multi-millionaire!

    June 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. ChristopherM

    This is the sort of thing you make a BFD over when you have ZERO plan of your own to deal with 30 million uninsured people.

    June 29, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Allen Hussein

    If this is what Willard thinks is important to the American people, then I would suggest that Romney start to write his concession speach now.

    June 29, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Expat American

    Poor uneducated white Republicans don’t need a T-shirt to remind them that it is Democrats who want them to have health coverage; and not Republicans who care nothing for even the poor uneducated whites who vote for them.
    For these folks, the T-shirt should read “Vote Romney , but we’ll still sign your food stamps and send you your prescriptions”.

    June 29, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    "Health Reform Still A BFD." That's right! Obama/biden 2012!

    June 29, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. June

    Well "fair is fair" as long as you bought one. It doesn't matter what you do with. Thanks for the $30 bucks

    June 29, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. JEM

    No one backing Romney should EVER complain about the economy if they are able to raise over $4 million dollars in a day and a half.

    June 29, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Reggie from LA

    Fair is Fair
    I sincerely hope that that shirt in the litter box will gather itself up and kick your cat in the "BFD". Yours could probably use a little too.

    June 29, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. buttermybuttandcallmeabiscuit

    Who knew that the one and only good thing to ever come from the horrendous Bush Administration would be Chief Justice John Roberts? Now all three of my children, who work hard every day, will finally be able to see a doctor if they get sick or injured …just like a rich person or even a congress person. And about that “Greatest Tax on the Middle Class in History” thing you Republicans are now spouting, some of us understand that would only affect about two percent of the American population and only those who don’t already have health insurance or those who refuse to buy health insurance. Some of us are not as gullible as others and they would be called “Democrats” with a Capital D.

    June 29, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. johnmenacherjr

    I hate to all of you but health care IS a BIG deal. And a Mormon bishop for president should be able to understand that! so who is disconnected???

    June 29, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Chipster

    @Four and The Door
    The Bill did not change. It's exactly the same as it was when Congress passed it. SCOTUS interpreted the penalty to be a tax but Congress already approved the penalty. So, no, it does not need to go back to Congress. Nice try but no dice.

    June 29, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. dead weight

    why wouldn't i like obamacare? now i get free healthcare and somebody else pays for it. this country is great. i barely have to get up off the couch anymore. life is good! obama is the best.

    June 29, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. buttermybuttandcallmeabiscuit

    Hey 'Pubs,
    That "Hope and Change" ya'll are always asking about....well, it is going just fine and dandy. Thanks for asking.

    June 29, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Wake up people

    @LoLo. Great post and oh so true!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 29, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Chipster

    It sure is a Big FANTASTIC Deal !

    June 29, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Oops! I was in a real hurry this a.m. I didn't have a chance to really read this. I retract my previous comment.
    Have a great day and I am still in Obama's corner in 2012

    June 29, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Rick

    $30 for a t-shirt? I don't even like any of his songs on YouTube...

    June 29, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Shardik

    Get ready for the flood of wingnuts whining about this non-issue.

    June 29, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Esteb

    Unprofessional. End of story.

    June 29, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. nitro

    Bottom line if the GOP take their hand down from getting paid from the big insurance companies they can take a step back and look at the whole situation. Until then they will just be upset that they cant deliver on all the promises made to these companies. Three words (Return The Money).

    June 29, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Are you kidding me?

    I will be buying my shirt today. I hope they bring back the Obama hero shirt I saw back in 2008. The man is bulletproof and has the leadership skills to prove it.

    June 29, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Jenni

    This shirt is old news, they put it out on the 2nd anniversary of the passing of the Affordable Care Act. Not to mention they put out another one back in 2010 when the act was passed, that read "Health Care Reform is a BFD". Clearly the GOP are just grasping at straws for things to complain about–since they've complained about everything else. Their only tactic is diversion–keep the focus off the fact that they've refused to pass anything in Congress since the ACA, and of course to distract voter's from paying attention to Mitt Romney's abysmal record.

    June 29, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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