Devo off the leash: 'Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro'
August 14th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Devo off the leash: 'Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro'

(CNN) – Seamus, the now infamous Romney family dog from the 1980s, was again in the spotlight on Tuesday, off-handedly referenced by President Obama on the campaign trail and the subject of a soon-to-be released punk rock song.

Devo, the punk rock band famous for it's hit "Whip It ," will release a song later this month titled, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Remember Seamus)."

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Rolling Stone first reported the track's release.

Mitt Romney told the story of strapping Seamus' kennel–with Seamus inside–to the roof of a station wagon for a family road trip from Massachusetts to Ontario in the 1980s. The car packed with Romney and his wife, Ann, and their five boys had no room for the dog who Romney said actually enjoyed the ride on the roof. Critics and animal rights activists soon ran with the story.

Tuesday, President Obama invoked his opponent's pooch's wind-swept ride while campaigning in the battleground state of Iowa and referencing a speech Romney gave a few months ago.

Obama said, "That's what he said about wind power: 'You can't drive a car with a windmill on it.' I don't know if he's actually tried that. I know he's had other things on his car."

The large crowd laughed, apparently picking up on the jab.

Devo founder and commercial director, Gerald V. Casale, is a major proponent of the late Seamus, even starting a 'Remember Seamus campaign' aimed to "go off leash by choosing a non-human as the most important political figure of this election. Make 2012 the year where animals like Seamus are valued and honestly praised," according to the campaign's website.

Recently, a series of parody songs hitting both sides of the political aisle have gone viral on the internet as the campaign season gets into full swing. The latest, "Romney Girl" harps on a certain presumptive GOP nominee for his wealth while a recast of the chart-topping hit "Somebody That I Used To Know," points to what it calls a disappointing first term for Obama as president.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Everyman

    The way a person treats their pets is a good indicator on the kind of person they are. Sorry Mitt, but you won't get my vote because of this.

    August 15, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Pa Voter

    Animals are placed in cargo holods on airplans on a daily basis. Talk about animal cruelty.

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    Yeah, IN CARGO HOLDS – NOT ON THE WING OF THE AIRCRAFT!

    August 15, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Oreste Ona

    So, 30 YEARS AGO!!! Romney made the unforgivable mistake, of traveling with his dog on the roof of his station wagon!!!
    Bla bla bla. And now that incapacitates him to be President? I don't think so. What a waste of time, etc. on the Government part with so many problems without explanation.

    August 15, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. mantis

    You CANT drive a car with a windmill on it. Well, you can, but it's a waste of energy. The added wind resistance has to be made up for by the engine working harder, plus the weight of the windmill itself. You end up LOSING energy, not gaining it.

    August 15, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Bob Ho

    further evidence that Obama can't run on his own record or the issues.

    August 15, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – M. Gandhi.

    IMO those same principals apply to individuals as well. mittens & queen ann's treatment of Seamus is a glaring reminder of their not so greatness and their lack of morals.

    August 15, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Bev

    the country is in a crisis & all obama can talk about is what romney did 20 years ago come on obama let's talk about the economy & jobs

    August 15, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @nnsgirl

    Then vote for the party that has crashed our economy. Vote for the party that has given us two deadly and costly wars. Vote for the party of bogotry, racism and hate. Vote for the party that has blocked every jobs bill, stifling the middle class, seniors and the poor because they can continue to play games and brainwash people like you and get your vote no matter what they do. Vote for the party that governs for the rich and stumps on the middle class, on seniors and the poor. Vote for the party that lied about WMD's in Iraq and inflated our national debt and killed our troops. Vote for the party that is against affordable healthcare for all our citizens. Vote for the party that is against our government investing in our kids future and in our country. Vote for the party that continues to outsource American jobs. Vote for the party that believes in Jim Crow. Vote for the party that doesn't have to govern for the American people simply because there are millions like you who are easily brainwashed and will vote for them no matter what they do to this country. Vote for the party that is against every minority group in this country. Just remember if Romne/Ryan get elected, the joke would be on America. Not that I care because I would celebrate everytime they screw this country. Hey, its your call. Good luck!

    August 15, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Blue

    Well, Mitt opened himself up for this one. He said, "That you could not put a wind-mill on the top of your car" Good for President Obama becauste if Miitt can show his silly side, (which he has many) he can remind him what he did put on the roof of his car.

    August 15, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Ready

    At least Devo didn't become Dinner!! I got a feeling Obama will be eating crow soon.

    August 15, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    So, 45 YEARS AGO!!! 6 year-old Barry Obama made the unforgivable mistake of doing what every parent demands of their children – respect your elders and your foreign hosts and eat what's on your plate Bla bla bla. And now that incapacitates him to be President? I don't think so. What a waste of time, etc. on the the reichwing's part with so many problems without explanation.

    FIFY Oreste!

    August 15, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Mike in SA

    Let me see...carry your dog in a roof top carrier or have your dog for dinner...I'm OK with hte roof top carrier, and so's my dog.

    August 15, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. D50

    Really cute. 8.3% unemployment and medicare facing bankruptcy, and Obama wants to talk about Romney's dog. The man is infantile.

    August 15, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. jack henry

    At least he did not eat the Dog like Obama did.

    August 15, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Mahatma Gandhi said. . . .
    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by fhe way in which its animals are treated.
    And the one that really tells all there is to know about the bishop and that wife of his and their treatment of poor Seamus and their lack of empathy for helpless creatures . . .
    I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.

    August 15, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. bdub

    @Bev
    the country is in a crisis & all obama can talk about is what romney did 20 years ago come on obama let's talk about the economy & jobs

    He made a very subtle reference to the dog when discussing energy policy, eliminating subsidies to the oil companies and how investing in wind energy creates a renewable energy source and jobs IN America.

    Fail, Bev, epic fail

    August 15, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Lazlo Toth

    Pa Voter

    Animals are placed in cargo holods on airplans on a daily basis. Talk about animal cruelty.

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    Mallory Archer

    Yeah, IN CARGO HOLDS – NOT ON THE WING OF THE AIRCRAFT!

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    If it weren't for those job-killing, government regs we could put the animals on the wings, and maybe some of the coach
    passengers as well, get the stick blown off them! Then we'd have more space in the cargo hold for transporting nuclear waste from all the power plants we need to start building.

    God Bless America
    Rmoney-Ryan 2012

    August 15, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Laura, Boston

    A dog loves the wind in the face a heck of a lot more than being digested. How is that for the love of animals, eat them! Obama probably asks Chinese restaurants for dishes with cat

    Obama admitted to breaking the law too! He told everyone he openly used illegal drugs! Should Mitt bring that up dems?

    August 15, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. OrangePekoe

    That's not the only thing that makes him an awful choice for president. Try because he enacted a healthcare plan in Mass. which is very similar to Obama's plan but now, being the huge hypocrite he is, he whines about how awful Obama's [plan is and how it will cost so much money. In fact, an independant analysis of the president's plan says it will save money. Beyond that, Romney is a homophobic bully who belongs to a "church" that is essentially a cult. He doesn't care about the middle class and he supports union-busting, tax-on-the-middle-class to make sure his rich cronies continue to make money while not paying their fair share. Previously he attempted to force two young unmarried members of his congregation to have abortions so any yammering on about right-to-life is just more lies. He's a scuzball as is his running mate and the rest of the extremist Tea Party who support him.

    August 15, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Terri

    Lighten up people – this is not Obama or Romney. It's lame reporting. Take it for the humor it's intended to be.

    August 15, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Wilson

    The left just can't face it. Obama is toast. My dog likes to ride in the back of the truck, or if in a car, with his head hanging out the window. I suppose I'm cruel to pets too??? Quick lefties, notify PETA. HaHa, you guys have no credibility left at all. Keep slinging stuff at the walls, they are teflon coated and nothing sticks!!

    August 15, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Shmeckell

    Did Romney's dog end up on the dinner table?

    August 15, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. raghuvarma

    everyman has a won freedom dont be comment on others

    August 15, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Didn't Obama say in his autobiography that he ate dog?

    August 15, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. RightyTighty

    The roof of a car in a special carrier is not as bad as obama eating a dog. At least Romney's dog survived his ride. Keep those distractions up lefty's because your going to lose if you talk about obamas record.

    August 15, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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