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. fred37ify

    Now is not the time to raise taxes on working Americans ->Barrack Obama -->who then set a record for the largest tax increase in American history ! WHATS TO UNDERSTAND ???????????????????????????????????????????

    June 29, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. mommytwice

    what about keeping kids and those with pre-existign condition covered is an albatross? Why is this bill so upsetting? I would think all Americans woudl welcome it. In the ranking of industrialized nations, we have some of the worst health care on the planet. Why? Because no one would reform it. Now it has FINALLY been done, thank God, and half the population whines and cires about civil liberties. Civil liberties?? YOU try to get coverage with diabetes, a heart condition, or somethign deemed serious. Go ahead, try.

    June 29, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. OC CA Voter

    I sporting my T- Shirt now as everyone on this site comments. Eat crow Repubs. It's the law. Move Forward 2012.
    We are moving forward without Repubs. Vote Obama this coming November 2012. Get your family members of age 18 an older out to the voting polls. Starting getting your ID's current/correct and go to the polls with your heads high.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 29, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Might get a T-shirt but would LOVE to have a sign to put in my yard to further tick-off my right wing neighbors here in the red state of Texas!

    June 29, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    Took a black marker to a white T-shirt, and saved myself a few bucks.

    June 29, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. 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. Romney did it as governor. It's the right thing to do.

    The point is the ACA is a poorly crafted program sacrificing cost and quality for the sake of access. It does not need to be so expensive or so predictably more expensive going forward. Do you realize that it has already doubled in cost to our nation and this is only 1 year into it? The opportunities for cost improvement were skipped. And so were opportunities for increased quality of care. This was a rushed, slapped together program that was poorly designed and poorly executed. Americans were given a lousy deal. We can and need to do better. Romney 2012.

    June 29, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Debby

    Actually it isn't Presidential and can you imagine a 7 year old wearing a tee shirt like that.

    June 29, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |

    Be honest folks.
    If this thing had been overturned, you dont think
    you would see Republicans doing cartwheels in the halls of congress ?
    Its a win for Democrats and The President.
    Obama didnt spike the ball, but we can.

    June 29, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. lolo

    The republicans do not want the healthcare reform because they are in the pockets of Big Pharma more than anyone else. This is why they are crying crocodile tears. Big head Cantor is really foolish. Are we sure that this man's credentials are up to par to be in the house? Education is a thing to waste and the republican party has definitely wasted it. You can tell them everything in the bill and they still will come out with their crazy ideas as to why it is not true. They just need to tell the truth as to why they are so angry and selfish. Everybody else knows why, so what is the big secret. They can move to Canada, the moon colony or anywhere else. At the moment no one cares.

    June 29, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    You wanna talk about crazy t-shirts?

    "Saying the Supreme Court decision “destroys Bush’s legacy,” dimmed conservative star Glenn Beck put his rhetoric where his online store is. He is selling screen-printed Roberts “coward” t-shirts for $30 a pop."

    LOL...oh the burns!!!!

    June 29, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Cal

    When you can screw the American People in plain view that is a BFD.

    June 29, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Sniffit

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

    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.

    June 29, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Parfin Woodell

    How dear those dems celebrate on the worsdt day in american hystory.
    This is a catasrafee of megaportions.
    I wont buy insuance and they can put me in jail.
    Soon you will see the commies marching in the street like hitlers.
    Zig hale.

    June 29, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Barbara Sheridan

    More faux outrage over no BFD!!

    June 29, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. rs

    -Four and The Door-

    Given that the Ryan plan ultimately seeks to do away with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and that Mr. Romney (and the rest of the crazy GOP) want to repeal the ACA when they have absolutely nothing to replace it with, I highly doubt we'll do better with the "We serve the rich only" GOP in charge.

    June 29, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @Parfin Woodell: "How dear those dems celebrate on the worsdt day in american hystory. This is a catasrafee of megaportions. I wont buy insuance and they can put me in jail. Soon you will see the commies marching in the street like hitlers. Zig hale."

    Besides all your misspellings (you're on a computer; use it, for goodness' sake!) and the mixing of "commies" with "hitlers" (Hitler was a fascist, which is extreme right and the opposite of Communism), there are NO CRIMINAL PENALTIES for not purchasing health insurance under Obamacare.

    You need to turn off Fox and Limbaugh and all the other right-wing talking heads who spend every waking minute trying to convince you to vote against your own self-interest!

    Here's something to consider: If you don't have insurance, you still expect to be treated when you go to the ER, right? Or do you expect to be left to die because you can't pay for your care and are instead passing along the expense to someone like me who works and has health insurance?

    I thought all you righties were into personal responsibility – you know, like having health insurance so you don't drive the cost of health care up for the rest of us.

    June 29, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    @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. Would you call Ted "Mr. Crappy-Pants" Nugent "arrogant when he threatened the President during his famous rant? Were your Tea Party folks arrogant when they paraded around with posters of President Obama with a bone in his nose? No... I guess that would be racist. Maybe you're not too arrogant...

    June 29, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @fred37ify: "Now is not the time to raise taxes on working Americans ->Barrack Obama –>who then set a record for the largest tax increase in American history ! WHATS TO UNDERSTAND ??????????????????????????????????????????"

    Read my lips: When you buy gas at the pump, you pay a tax that is used to maintain the highways you drive your car on. You don't have to own a car, but if you do, it's expected and accepted that you'll do your part for the highways that you're using.

    With Obamacare, if you choose to not purchase health insurance, you are required to pay a tax, with the understanding that when (not "if," because everyone seeks medical care at some point in their life) you seek medical care, you will be treated and not left to die.

    This should be abundantly clear to all the rightie-tighties out there. After all, it was your party (and the Heritage Foundation) who originally proposed the idea of an individual mandate back in 1993.

    June 29, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. bob_lawbla

    Once again proving that nothing is "dumber" than the American Public

    June 29, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Kasey

    Very tacky.

    June 29, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. migeli

    How about "Romney's a keeper T-shirts? He keeps his wife in Cadillacs,keeps his kids out of the military,keeps his dog on the roof of his car,and keeps his money in Switzerland. He's a bully too.Let's not forget that.

    June 29, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    Give it a rest ultra-right. How many of your fellow believers paid enough into SS and Medicare to cover their benefits? How many of the selfish "mature" female members ever worked outside the home, PAYING ANYTHING into the funds, but are receiving benefits? What do you call an under funded government program....socialist? How many of the self-absorbed members who want to deny the most vulnerable Americans healthcare taking gov't subsidies while already having retirement benefits more than equal to a comfortable retirement? I know seniors who demand govt payments while able to afford second homes, boats, expensive cars...shame.

    June 29, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You totally miss the Republican points. Republicans want universal health care as well. Romney did it as governor. It's the right thing to do.
    Four and the Door you're a lying sack of feces.
    And DO NOT PUT President Obama's signature words to the lips of that mealy-mouthed-flip-flopping-lying-disconnected wannabe that your team is STUCK with in November.
    The right thing to do indeed.
    The current GOP wouldn't know right unless it was paid to recognize it. and maybe not even then.

    June 29, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Arnold Ziffle

    I begged Fox to take back thier nut cases.
    Even they dont want them.
    Well, if we gotta put up with them, we may as well have some fun.

    Hey wingnuts,
    TAG, your it.

    June 29, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Arnold Ziffle

    *** Case in point, this idiot thinks Obama is personally behind this.......MORON.
    Ancient Texan

    Just more "class" from the Obama administration.

    June 29, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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