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. scmom

    The majority of the right wing posters on here do not understand the ACA. I know no matter how much it will be explained and of course no investigating what it means will change that fact. So look out chicken littles the sky is falling on you.

    June 29, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. 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.

    June 29, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Cat in the Hat

    I'm buying two for myself and one for each of my kids.

    June 29, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Stohn Jockton

    Why would the Whitehouse celebrate the use of such words, it is for the same reason that when Former President Bush stated that a reporter, who'd asked in a tough question (it had to be early in his 1st term, because reporters, news media alike, stop asking any tough questions post 911), what an ass@%*!...and Cheney seconded it, by uttering the words, Big time. Now why would the Bush Administration celebrate such a word, and not condemn it? Not to mention Cheney telling Patrick Leahy to go $%&* himself, while on the Senate floor.

    June 29, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. cali girl

    It really amazes me that the GOP fools don't realize they are going after the ACA when the Supreme Court already said it is Legal. Big woop on the tax, people over 250K earning will add an additional 0.09 to their tax. And the penalty if you do not get healthcare is $90 or 1% of your income, whichever is higher.
    So if you say oh this is just tax, get off your Faux Noise chair and do the research. The GOP can only lie about the ACA because they know they have no other way to spin it. Obama had a victory yesterday, and they are scrambling to make it look bad, but they can't. Nothing about it is bad.

    June 29, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Indie in VA

    Man, I haven't seen Republicans cry this much since the Wall came down and we realized maybe we didn't need all those bases after all.

    June 29, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. David in Houston

    BFD...sour grapes anyone?

    June 29, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Tyrone, Schenectady NY

    Had enough of Obama- Get a life we are energized no matter how much obstruction you Repubs place in the way it shall be moved. We are going FORWARD without you.

    June 29, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Tim

    Cali girl: It is a tax even the supreme court called it a tax. Do some research learn about what you are speaking of.

    This is also just a sad day in the history of this country the socialists have taken the freedom from the individual.

    June 29, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Tim

    SCMom: I'm willing to bet most of the "right wingers" which is not all the people who did not want this albatross of a law know it better than you do. The Problem is all the people waiting for handouts think it's great because they are the takers and not the givers(as usual).
    Obama promised no more taxes on the middle class and this is a HUGE tax on the middle class.
    The supreme court did not rule the ACA was legal they ruled that congress can tax people which is what their job is.

    I'm wondering if folks on the left even read anything about this or if they are just being happy and excited because they are being told to be.

    June 29, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Sounds to me like the GOP/Teatrolls needs their BFDs changed (Big Freekin Diapers). It's ok guys...get it all out...we've got plenty of Desitin.

    June 29, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Cali girl: It is a tax even the supreme court called it a tax. Do some research learn about what you are speaking of
    No Tim. YOU do the research and stop talking out of your rear end;figure out why the Supreme Court ended up referring to it as a tax. A "tax" by the way that only those that choose NOT to get healthcare coverage had to pay.
    They say "tax" I say "fine". The IRS only collects it from healthcare coverage deadbeats.

    June 29, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Angie

    I just ordered one BFD shirt

    June 29, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Lauging at the Republican

    LMAO at the republican that what they get for trying to destroy president Obama. Romney had the same health care plan why the republican not jumping on Romney about his plan as governor. Romney going to lose with his friends in congress and senate.

    Obama/Biden 2012 we love you Obama

    June 29, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Are you kidding me?

    The supreme court added to the definition of tax. Most people will not realize what the scotia was implying. The penalty is a tax but the requirement of coverage is a tax as well. I agree with both. This will help level out coverage costs especially when the uninsured go to the hospital.

    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.

    June 29, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Jeff

    All I know when they past this health care in 2101. My insurance went up $40 dollars a month and i went from a $20 dollar co pay to a $1400 deductible . Also, how in the he'll is the IRS going to find all the illegal immigrants who don't pay taxes. To the government? they will still be going to the emergency rooms on our dime. Thanks federal government for scr!wing the American people.

    June 29, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Good Rats

    Another Idiot.

    Cali girl: It is a tax even the supreme court called it a tax.

    But you only pay it if you dont have insurance.
    What part of that dont you idiots understand ?
    Is there any Republican out there that has actually read the bill ?
    Doesnt sound like it.
    This is what happens when Republicans cut education funds.
    We end up with morons.

    June 29, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Sirned

    Call it a tax if you want or a fee or a penalty... The only ones that will be paying are the ones to sorry to pay to get health insurance when they can afford to pay for their own. Why do Republicans insist we carry the freeloaders when it raises my primiums? This is just a tax on freeloaders. If you aren't one you won't be effected at all.....

    June 29, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    God thinks this is a Big F'n Deal.
    He told Rick Perry and W Bush and they told the rest of us!

    June 29, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Grog Says

    When Grog grow up, Grog want to be just like Tim.

    June 29, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. TheOriginalMe

    Just ordered two one for my hubby and one for me !!! , he will finally get health insurance regardless his pre existence condition, he will finally be able to get his surgery and work again

    June 29, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. TheOriginalMe

    Just ordered two one for my hubby and one for me, we're so happy he will finally get health insurance regardless his pre existence condition, he will finally be able to get his surgery and work again

    June 29, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Sirned

    I just heard a Texas Congress man cry and lie about the horrors of Obamacare. He is defending his state that has 26% of Texans without insurance. He has no replacement plan to Obamacare but refuses to see that 1 out 4 in his state are suffering. He would rather keep the status quo than work with Obama on making Obamacare work.....This is just mind boggling to me....

    June 29, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. BigTBone

    Spike the ball? I hope that Obama spikes it, does an endzone dance, backflip and goes in the stands with a Lambeau Leap and give the ball to a kid in a wheelchair on national TV.

    Because we all know if it went the other way, there'd be a ticker tape parade from the right...

    June 29, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Paul

    what's the BFD about a shirt that says BFD?

    June 29, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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