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. conniesz

    I ordered one of these last night – it never even crossed my mind that the GOP would make a BFD out of it – it's just a clever marketing ploy. I am surprised by the backlash – probably because they haven't done anything nearly as clever themselves.

    June 29, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. demsrule

    Now, Now..let's not forget Republican Mike Pence said the decision was like the 9/11 incident. Really? This decision by the highest court in the land was equivalent to thousands of people losing their lives. Where is that quote fellas?
    You can't tell the President nor his campaign what presidential is. Please find something more substantial to write about.

    June 29, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. XYZ

    Answer to rs: With OBAMACARE you get Healthcare Change, but not constructive Reform–Just a Healthcare Governmental MESS!! A BIG MESS!! Broader coverage but unhealthy system/MESS; You'll see!!! HELP!!

    June 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. John

    The shirt is not running for president...

    June 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. max

    I tend to think that I am an independent but still like Obama...not so much the Dems as they are nuts at times. This however is too much. I get into arguments with my twin...staunch Obama/Dem supporter...about things I don't agree with in this administration and this would be one of the things that get under my skin. I hope only for the best for this president but I cannot condone gloating, especially when there is so much left to be done in areas of education, the economy and other social issues. Gloating is so ugly and you just cannot win over people you have to negotiate with when you are behaving so one wins here!!!

    June 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. TIRM

    Obama is a poor winner, just imagine what kind of a loser he is going to be.

    June 29, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Lyn

    I will be proud to wear one of those T'shirt, where can I get one? I want one too. Great T' Shirt President Obama and it's made in the U.S.A. "Obama / Biden 2012"

    June 29, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Charles Grodins Wig

    Stay Classy, Dems

    June 29, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. sjlucas

    The GOP has no sense of humor which I find strange given that most of their candidates for office are out right jokes. They don't understand segmentation on why that works so well in the digital age. Yeah, my grandma isn't going to wear a shirt that says "BFD", but I just ordered 2. LOL Three things come to mind when I read about the Romney campaign's reaction ... 1) drama queens, 2) they just "don't get it", and 3) sour grapes.

    June 29, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Andre

    The origin of modern curse words finds its roots in proto-germanic languages of Europe. Specifically the F word and the S word were both a common part of the speech at the time, and forms of them continue in various European languages. Both words also meant pretty much the same they do today. The fact is that swear words are treated differently by your brain and there are swear words in most cultures in the world. Social and religious (specifically religious) institutions were the determining factor in which words are curses and which are not. Get over it, America! Curse words are just another word in a dictionary.

    June 29, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    I'm not partisan. I'm AMERICAN.
    Oh honestly! "I'm not partisan"?????? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Yeah, you're a centrist independent just like Rudy! Please put the koolaide down before you overdose.

    June 29, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Ex-GOP Con

    I guess it's hard for ex-Governor Rich Money, the father of Romneycare, to actually attack the ruling as it would be a reflection on his own policies as find little stuff to attack instead. It's understandable but geez.....

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

    what does this stand for, Bad F'n Decision? hahahahahahaha

    June 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. rowan

    What lousy reporting this is. This shirt has been on sale for months and months now and DID NOT go on sale just because of this decision, nor does it refer only to the SCOTUS decision. And the GOP claiming the president is marketing off the SCOTUS decision is also untrue, because, again, this shirt has been on sale for several months now, and would be on sale SCOTUS win or no SCOTUS win. Do some research people!!!!!

    June 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Four and The Door....means: Four more years and you are out of The Door, hehehehehe
    After this latest strong reason for Independents to vote for Mitt Romney and Obama's decision to stonewall the Fast & Furious congressional investigation with Executive Privilege ( ...and of course 8+% unemployment, $16 trillion of debt and tax increases looming )... I look forward to Tuesday November 6th. 130 Days to go!

    June 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A right wingnut said that Obama/Biden have diminished the presidency. Maybe you forgot about Bush ducking the shoes, lying about WMDs, losing over 4000 American troops in an unnecessary war in Iraq, creating a national debt and near depression that will take years to get out of. Yes, that was when the presidency was at its best.

    June 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    The righties and GOP are upset over this? BFD!!!

    June 29, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. zapper

    First black US president
    First US president to pass comprehensive health care bill
    Got bin Laden

    Barack Obama = BFD

    June 29, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans started the Fast and Furious with Operation Wide Receiver. The NRA was opposed to any restrictions on selling guns in Arizona. It would seem to me that Issa dropped the ball when he did not call in Gonzales and Mukasey to explain why ATF was hung out to dry.

    June 29, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It has to hurt that the uninsured right wingnuts will have to get insurance or be given a small fine, I mean tax.

    June 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Joe Voter

    The ONE question republicans refuse to answer – what are they doiing to ensure the small businessman, with diabetes or other pre-existing condition, can get affordable health care. Answer NOTHING! Without Obamacare, that businessman and his family cannot get affordable coverage.

    Until Republicans can answer the simple question, they should stop posting.

    June 29, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. eiregirl

    Classy. Just classy.

    June 29, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. A conservatave with brains

    I find it interesting that the Republicans so quickly focus on a t-shirt. They constantly accuse Obama of not paying attention to issues, and now there will proabably a Republican-driven special investigation to find out exactly what BFD means (what do you want to bet most of them didn't know?). This whole dust up over fast and furious doesn't even come close to the charges that were going to be brought against Bush and Cheney for war crimes, lying to Congress and the American people, which Obama declined to move forward on, because he wanted the country to come together. Read your history people. And you probably don't know that Bush or Cheney cannot visit some European countries. if they do they will be arrested for war crimes they've been charged and tried in absentia for. Quit whining. Obama's people are having a little fun. His marketing people didn't say anything nasty. But of course, the thin skinned conservatives once again are crying foul, after years of name calling and silliness like the bither movement. Rediculous. And the Republicans want to be takens seriously? I seriously doubt they will be. Romney is already saying things he can't back up, just as Bachmann did. This will be his undoing when the real fight starts.

    June 29, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Kelli

    I didn't think Romney and his people were so uptight. Oh, wait...

    June 29, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Obamacare = BFD = Big F'n DISASTER

    One that President Romney and his Republican majorities in the House and Senate will save the country from. November can't get her fast enough. 2012, it's going to be biblical.

    June 29, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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