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. Dogs for Romney

    What the heck is the problem people? Us dogs love riding on roofs, in the back of pickups, breeze blowing in our ears. It's called freedom baby. Gotta go... time to lick myself.

    August 15, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. SOLYNDRA - FAST AND FURIOUS - MF GLOBAL

    The Obama "dog connoisseur" issue brings up all kinds of interesting possibilities for nefarious Republicans who might want to disrupt Obama political events.

    Can you imagine the distraction created by a large number of people blowing dog whistles in the middle of one of his speeches?

    Or, if people showed up to an Obama political event, turned away from the President and threw a stick....what is the likelihood of Obama fetching said stick?

    August 15, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Jolundus

    @ToldUso – Obviously you haven't heard their first two albums...

    August 15, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Dems Need to Grow a Pair

    @ Sniffit...Your 2:52 blog ...... Man, Get A Life!!! You're getting reeled, hook, line and sinker. Get some oxygen, get off this site for a week and come back to reality when you can focus. I never agree with you ..but you're heading over the cliff. Save yourself and come back another day to play!

    August 15, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Keeping It Real

    Yet another statement by Obama that has nothing, zip, zero, nada, to do with issues that American's care about. Hard to blame him with the overall failure of his ability to keep his promises and deal with the economy, or foreign policy, or domestic issues...

    August 15, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Hank

    Can someone who has eaten dog before actually joke about anything to do with a dog. To me it would be like Vick make a joke about a dog. Don't put your dog on top of a car, don't eat your dog Obama, and Vick is still not a good guy that deserves a dog.

    August 15, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. JCQueipo

    Well when Obama haven't been able to do more as Mitch McConnell said " my purpose here is to make Obama a one termer ", No Mitch people sent you there to work for them NOT to follow your own AGENDA

    August 15, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Betsy

    I wonder if they will do a song about Obama's admitted dog eating. Better in a crate tyhan on a plate.

    August 15, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. luckjoe

    In Obama's book "Dreams from my Father", he writes of eating dog meat, snake meat & grasshoppers.

    August 15, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. W.G.

    Of course Romney didn´t care or think if the dogs would be safe or ok up on the roof of his car .
    Just like he dosen´t care or think about the 99% and if his actions on soc. sec. or medicaid .
    Romney and Ryan bad news for the U.S.

    August 15, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Lola

    @Dems Need to Grow a Pair...you are soo right about SNIFFIT! He seriously needs to take a breather but I doubt he'll take your advice. People like him thrive on the dem's dirty campaigns so he needs to be on CNN 24/7 until elections, hahaha!

    August 15, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. tony

    Why run for President and VP in order to make more friends filthy richer, when as good religious conservatives, you'll make it even more difficult for them to go to heaven?

    August 15, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. No-surprise

    New Chick-fa-lay sign just for BHO and his left wing peta friends.

    "Eat More Dog". USDA prides itself for quality.

    Obama can take a joke you say? He is the joke, along with Gaffy Joe Biden at his side.

    August 15, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    '@ Sniffit...Your 2:52 blog ...... Man, Get A Life!!! You're getting reeled, hook, line and sinker. Get some oxygen, get off this site for a week and come back to reality when you can focus. I never agree with you ..but you're heading over the cliff. Save yourself and come back another day to play!"

    FOX News 8/5 – 8/7 49 40 Obama +9
    Rasmussen Tracking 8/12 – 8/14 43 47 Romney +4
    Gallup Tracking 8/8 – 8/14 45 47 Romney +2
    Politico/GWU/Battleground 8/5 – 8/9 48 47 Obama +1
    CNN/Opinion Research 8/7 – 8/8 52 45 Obama +7
    IBD/CSM/TIPP 8/3 – 8/10 46 39 Obama +7
    Reuters/Ipsos 8/2 – 8/6 49 42 Obama +7
    Average 8/2 – 8/14 47.4 43.9 Obama +3.5

    Who's getting reeled? If you don't recognize that half the crap that comes out of your mouths in terms of race and ethnicity and culture harms your cause by confirming stereotypes of contemporary right wingers as racists, bigots, completely oblivious and insensitive to cultural differences, etc., then I can't help you...I know this...but I had to try.

    August 15, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Can you imagine the distraction created by a large number of people blowing dog whistles in the middle of one of his speeches?"

    Not really. Nobody can hear them. I'm pretty sure the only distraction would be minor at best...maybe a few people turning to look at the imbeciles blowing dogwhistles as if they need medication and might be dangerous.

    August 15, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. cobra

    Romney's dog was much safer on the roof of his car than obama's dog that got ate by him.

    August 15, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Bart

    This was one of my more favorite Mitt flip-flops:
    "This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car." August 12, 2001.

    "They're not happy that my dog loves fresh air." August 18, 2007.

    August 15, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. GuyinVA

    The president was later quoted as saying, "I bet Seamus would have tasted great!"

    August 15, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Putty Cats for Obama

    Eat as many dogs as you like Obama. You are our man!

    August 15, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. No-surprise

    Can BHO say with a straight face, that he never met a dog he didn't like to have over for dinner?

    August 15, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    DrBob57 asked:

    So what's worse, Romney strapping his dog on the top of his car, or Obama throwing American workers under a bus?
    ----------
    Paul Ryan kicking seniors and the terminally out of hospital beds and nursing homes, right into the streets.

    August 15, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Putty Cats for Obama wrote:

    Eat as many dogs as you like Obama. You are our man!
    ----------------
    Some puppy breeds are considered a delicacy in East Asia. It has been regarded as the equivalent to caviar. It is a delicacy enjoyed by the wealthy and the powerful.

    August 15, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. dannn

    Wow, a grown adult who would strap a dog to the roof of a car ain't fit to make decisions for anyone else.

    And no, retarded conservatives, Obama eating some mystery meat he was offered as a child ain't the same as a grown man like Romney being cruel to a dog.

    August 15, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Dems Need to Grow a Pair

    @ Sniffit AGAIN....push yourself away from the keyboard and Get a Life before you implode. Those polls mean nothing as you will soon find out! And the " RaceGame" accusation is impotent much like your blogs! Smell the coffee! You're rants are getting old!

    August 15, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Mark Hudson

    Romney to Obama, "Don't eat me, Bro!"

    August 15, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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