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. Fair is Fair

    I just bought one to line the litter box.

    June 29, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. MittenFlops

    Mixed-Up-Mittens: New marketing ploy for the GOP, orange on one side for hunting safety, sticky and black on the other for 'activities'... Can be swapped, thumb/pinky expand and contract as needed:

    Flippy-flops: Cute colorful flip-flops, each one highlighting another Mittens Moment

    June 29, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. MRM

    Have fun your last few months. Obama is one and done. Terrible president.

    June 29, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    Oh honestly! "I'm not partisan"?????? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Yeah, you're a centrist independent just like Rudy! Please put the koolaide down before you overdose.
    Yup. I'm a moderate. What's up with all of that noise? I think it gets your excitement up more than anyone else's.

    June 29, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Kraig

    @MRM He will get re-elected and then what??? He is one of the best President's we have ever had. Smart, Humane, and out right honest.

    June 29, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Phil

    You people are talking so mean about a man who just cares about his fellow americans. You should not be mean like that.

    June 29, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Chainbark

    17 million children can no longer be denied health care for a pre-existing condition? Sounds like a BFD to me. Keep drinking the haterade, wingnuts. It's not like the folks frothy at the mouth over this were going to vote for the President anyway. Four more years!

    June 29, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Fair is Fair: thank you for contribution if you really did buy one. Unlike your party's mantra: what you do in your bedroom as an adult is your business.
    Thanks again, can I interest you in another 3 or 4 for other housework? đŸ˜‰ Cheers.

    June 29, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Dance and Spike Baby!!!!!!

    Is ironic how a conservative judge goes out of his way to make this Obamacare happen for most devisive administration in history...........

    June 29, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes
    Obamacare law contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses
    Taxpayers are reminded that the President’s healthcare law is one of the largest tax increases in American history.

    Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses.

    Arranged by their respective effective dates, below is the total list of all $500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare, where to find them in the bill, and how much your taxes are scheduled to go up as of today:

    June 29, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. GAW

    Disregard my prior comment I should have all of this article first. I thought it was a GOP ploy.

    June 29, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. REG in AZ

    The big question in this election is "will the people allow money to control them, their voting and thereby their ongoing status?" We have seen the money successfully manipulate the people with the manipulation of the "conservative" Christian (2000), the Swift-boat propaganda (2004), the Tea Party Movement (2010) and recently with the mega-millions poured into the Wisconsin recall election, all being well designed, well funded and well directed efforts that influenced elections. All of those were ultimately costly to the majority as "the money" doesn't give without strings attached and those strings are for their interests only – the results being clearly seen in the country continually being pushed further into being a two-class society with "the few – the money" competing in having it all while the majority looses more. ... Can the voters recognize the manipulation, refuse to accept the propaganda and reject the "puppet" candidates "the money" has on the end of their "strings"?

    June 29, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. B. O. Maratin

    If the American people were smart, they would know that no one is getting "taxed" on healthcare. The only people being penalized are the ones who have been "freeloading" the know the ones that can actuallly pay for heathcare.........not a poor person who can't pay or a person who already has healthcare and like what they have...........please people read and know the facts.........not the "talking heads".

    June 29, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Albert Zaza

    When in human history, has a US President stands for and with the masses and ever lost election? None.
    OBAMA is on his way for reelection victory in November. See you at the inauguration.

    This President has class!

    June 29, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. coy4one

    So now the GOP and Romney's people are questioning freedom of speech? Just remember what you criticize opens the door for retribution!

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

    Mittens ???????
    Repubs are blinded by their hate
    A real candidate would give Obama fits.

    June 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lady Fair – Thanks for buying a T-Shirt and supporting Obama. I knew you weren't all bad.

    June 29, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Harry From Pa

    The only reason they are complaining about anything is because the GOP didn't think of it first......

    June 29, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. manhandler1

    As if we would expect the party of the old, the pale and the stale to have any sense of humor

    June 29, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Mark

    I ordered 7 of them, since I only get to the laundramat once a week.

    June 29, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    MRM has not been able to get any channel other than Fox foreign owned media on TV off her rabbit ears. If you look at our country being kept safe, over 4 million jobs created, auto industry saved, bin Laden and most of as Qaida gone, an end to the war in Iraq, healthcare and hope for 50 million uninsured, reduced deficits, the lowest taxes in 50 years, equal pay for women, Obama pretty much puts every republican president to shame.

    June 29, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. lolo

    The whining Republicans are at it again. They just can't take it. Quit concentrating on trying to make Barack Obama a one-term president and quit sitting on your hands and try to help the American people as a whole. Not just for the right wing nuts. This is why you are looking like idioits to everyone because of your childish games. Now you are harping on it is a tax. The rich people in the republican party sure know how to keep their sheep stupid at the drop of a hat. See you guys are not about doing anything but complaining and whining.

    June 29, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. lolo

    The only way Romney will win is for the republicans to steal the votes. They can't do anything honest, because it is not in their make-up.

    June 29, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    I'll get one for my husband to check the oil in his car.


    The vendors don't care what you do with the shirt, but they DO thank you for contributing to President Obama's reelection campaign! đŸ˜€

    June 29, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Gary

    Until the GOP stays out of the gospel, breaks ties with corporations and treats ALL citizens alike .. they will never have the Presidency .. we see right through you guys

    June 29, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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