Devo off the leash: 'Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro'
August 14th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Devo off the leash: 'Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro'

(CNN) – Seamus, the now infamous Romney family dog from the 1980s, was again in the spotlight on Tuesday, off-handedly referenced by President Obama on the campaign trail and the subject of a soon-to-be released punk rock song.

Devo, the punk rock band famous for it's hit "Whip It ," will release a song later this month titled, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Remember Seamus)."

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Rolling Stone first reported the track's release.

Mitt Romney told the story of strapping Seamus' kennel–with Seamus inside–to the roof of a station wagon for a family road trip from Massachusetts to Ontario in the 1980s. The car packed with Romney and his wife, Ann, and their five boys had no room for the dog who Romney said actually enjoyed the ride on the roof. Critics and animal rights activists soon ran with the story.

Tuesday, President Obama invoked his opponent's pooch's wind-swept ride while campaigning in the battleground state of Iowa and referencing a speech Romney gave a few months ago.

Obama said, "That's what he said about wind power: 'You can't drive a car with a windmill on it.' I don't know if he's actually tried that. I know he's had other things on his car."

The large crowd laughed, apparently picking up on the jab.

Devo founder and commercial director, Gerald V. Casale, is a major proponent of the late Seamus, even starting a 'Remember Seamus campaign' aimed to "go off leash by choosing a non-human as the most important political figure of this election. Make 2012 the year where animals like Seamus are valued and honestly praised," according to the campaign's website.

Recently, a series of parody songs hitting both sides of the political aisle have gone viral on the internet as the campaign season gets into full swing. The latest, "Romney Girl" harps on a certain presumptive GOP nominee for his wealth while a recast of the chart-topping hit "Somebody That I Used To Know," points to what it calls a disappointing first term for Obama as president.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Better the dog on ther roof on vacation than the dog on the plate in the whitehouse.

    August 15, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Really?

    @RudyNYC you wrote

    Some puppy breeds are considered a delicacy in East Asia. It has been regarded as the equivalent to caviar. It is a delicacy enjoyed by the wealthy...

    Who cares? This is the U.S.A. and most of us find that offensive. Go live in East Asia w/ Obama and enjoy yourselves.

    August 15, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Nietodarwin

    The dog, the refusal to release taxes, the lies about Bain to the SEC called "retiring retroactively", off shore accounts, outsourcing jobs, the olympics remarks, the unamerican voter suppression, the weird religion, his VP's love of Ayn Rand, his $77,000 tax break on his horse, his blondie wife saying "you people", war on women, war on middle class, war on Planned Parenthood,..........etc. etc. Seriously, is the GOP gonna run with this guy.???? Put him on Fox news, he can see the White House from Pennsylvania Ave. like the rest of the public, (which of course he's not......he's so successful.)

    August 15, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. California

    WHen people think that putting a dog on the roof of acar is worse than eating it there's a serious problem in the country.

    August 16, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. Here's a thought

    (new Holiday jingle) "Grandma got run over by Romney and Ryan. On her way to get her needed healthcare."

    August 16, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  6. gstranyord

    This is what you got? this is what you will use to get Obama re-elected????? Haha... Obozo is going down! By the way, at least Romney didnt eat them...

    August 16, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
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