GOP: No LOL over OFA's 'BFD' T(-shirt)
June 29th, 2012
10:33 AM ET
9 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. Meki60

    it fits the 'no-class' mantra of the Obama administration

    June 29, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. bigducksfan

    The BFD t-shirt has been on sale at the Obama 2012 website for several months now. Only now the GOP starts crying about it.

    June 29, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. brownk

    is this grade school? no jobs...poor economy...and this what they think is votes will go to every republican in november...something has to change

    June 29, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Alex in Wisconsin

    Obama took the GOP Health care plan. They have nothing else to offer in terms of Health Care. Liberals still have Single-Payer that they could push.

    June 29, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Squigman

    If you're worried about taxes, don't by the t-shirt. Apparently this come with no tax added. RIGHT.

    June 29, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. bigducksfan

    The BFD t-shirt has been on sale at the Obama 2012 for several months now, way before the supreme court's recent decision.

    June 29, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. AJ

    No more denied coverage for pre exsisting conditions, BFD America.

    June 29, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. scoobypoo

    I'll buy this shirt, and wear it the day after the election just to twist the knife after the repugnicans lose again.

    June 29, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. ann

    Uhhh.... this shirt was listed for sale on the site before yesterday's SCOTUS decision came down. So what's the BFD?

    June 29, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. FedUp

    Doesn't surprise me. The language is the man, from what I can see.

    June 29, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    @Had enough of Obama

    "The Democrats have lost their mind. They are done for and dont even know it. This is the price of being so arrogant."
    You seem frustrated. Maybe hopping in Mitt's bus, honking the horn while they take a few laps around President Obama's next political gathering would make you feel better. That's not arrogant – just childish.


    There was a group of individuals in the southern United States who used to behave in a similar fashion toward another group of individuals they believed to be inferior to them back in the day in an effort to intimidate them. That behavior is neither arrogant nor childish – it's alarming!

    June 29, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Nathan

    OMG I LOVE That shirt and am ordering one right now

    June 29, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Not precisely. They said it was authorized under Article 1, Section 8, the "Taxing and Spending Clause." However, they also ruled that the Anti-Injunction Act does NOT apply, but it applies to ALL taxes. Essentially wha they were saying is that it is not a tax, but functions enough like one that it is authorized under the same clause.

    Does that apply strictly to the mandate to buy insurance? I know there are 20+ new taxes per say actually in obamacare. Just asking!

    Have a nice day all!


    List them.

    June 29, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. gango

    I really want to vote for the President this November partly because I share some of his goals and also because he has never been treated fairly by many in our society. He's a decent guy with strong family values. But he, or his staff, or the DNC leadership play into the hands of the Republicans with this vulgarity and crude adolescent behavior. I won't vote Republican. In the end, I may just not vote at all this fall.

    June 29, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. janelle

    Arnold Ziffle-case in point, the President is ultimately responsible for his campaign and what is being tweeted in his name! The whole point here is that neither this President nor most of his followers seem to have any kind of grasp of what being the President means. They have absolutely no respect the Office Of The President Of The United States! They treat it like a popularity contest that the "coolest" popular kid won, and since everyone wants to be friends with the popular kid, no one will bother telling him to grow up and start showing some responsiblity, to quit acting like a stupid teenager!!

    June 29, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Lisa P

    Four and The Door

    Are you kidding me?
    We are taking about health. The law will not harm or kill people – wars do.
    The world is not going to crack in half if people get universal healthcare.
    You totally miss the Republican points. Republicans want universal health care as well...

    Very funny. The Republican health care plan? "Let 'em die!" I guess that's "universal" in the sense that we will all die eventually, but personally I would prefer a plan that helps me do it later, after leading a productive, relatively pain-free, healthy life, and with at least some of my savings intact for final expenses and the grandkids.

    As for what Romney did, what Romney now says would seem to indicate that he would not do it again, if given the chance. Which I sure won't.

    June 29, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. Billy davis

    Beeman: You've learned to lie like the rest of the GOP. They have told some whoppers over the last 3 years...

    June 29, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Really?

    Whether you call this a tax or label it something else it is outrageous that now our government can require us to buy something even if we don't want it. Don't give me that bull-- argument about auto ins. or any other line of cr<p; this is far reaching in taking away our freedom. To require us to pay a penalty or tax for not purchasing something just because we live in this country is outrageous.

    June 29, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. A not-so-stupid former republican

    The Supreme Court has ruled; get over it republicans. You lost!

    June 29, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Really?

    @mommytwice – so you really can't understand why someone would have a problem with being forced to pick up the tab for someone else? Well then, I insist that you go and clean all the public restrooms in NYC.

    June 29, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. Ann Romney

    At least Obama can spell Amercia!

    June 29, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Really?

    @ThinkAgain -.No, not everyone seeks mediical care at some point in their life. Some people take care of themselves and will require very little medical attention if any. What you state is just one of the many lies being perpetrated to further the "progressive" agenda. What has happened is a BFD because we just lost more freedom.

    June 29, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Norma

    This is a disgrace and unPresidential. We as Americans should be so proud to have a man who acts like he is on a street corner as President. Shouldn't the President be the best and the brightest and not someone who dumbs down just to get votes from the average man. I don't want my President to act like my neighbor I want him/her to meet a high bar and give all something to aspire to. President Obama common man routine is getting very old.

    June 29, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Harry From Pa

    I don't think the GOP realizes that these attacks are gearing up and mobilizing the same grass roots movement that put Obama into the presidency. When you see the way they act and the disregard for people besides those that don't like their pockets, it's ridiculous. If they even repeal the healthcare which i doubt will happen, they would be saying that it is ok to have millions without care. So keep up with the slander and acts of disdain, because people are becoming more FIred up and Ready to Go, mobilizing to get more people out to vote, November here we come.

    June 30, 2012 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  25. Linden Atrocity

    Stop the partisan politics! Let's all grow the hell up. Republicans had a chance to negotiate this bill. Republicans had a chance to stop this bill. No one did. Now idiots want to repeal it, which will effect millions because of a tax. Health care reform has been a long time coming. It is about time someone had the BALLS to step up and tackle it, whether it is a great bill or not. Now just add and fix it. Don't destroy it fools.

    June 30, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
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