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

    Hey, Seamus lived a long happy life with a happy family. Probably can’t say that about the dog, (s?) Barry ate.

    August 15, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    I have heard from the same anonymous sources that harry reid uses that obama is eating dog meat every saturday night in the whitehouse. it is true. they said so. prove he isn't a dog eater lefties.

    August 15, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. what's up

    Romney had heard Obama was in town and wanted to get his dog to safety before Obama ate it.

    August 15, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. johnmenacherjr

    My gosh how serious! Get a friggin life will you people. I thought it was actually funny. Maybe Romney and some of the apparent Romneybots need a sense of humor?If not they can figure out why the Tea party candidate went down like lead in water in the republican senate primary in Wsiconsin. That should keep them and Norquist busy. In the meantime I will enjoy that glimpse of funny in all the doom and gloom politics.

    August 15, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Puma Girl

    To the white house administration aka Obama's administration, everything is either
    1) a lie
    2) an insult
    3) a "joke"

    Is this because they prefer to paint the opposition negatively because they have nothing else good to say about their own past, present or future.

    For the last 3 and a half years, many of us are looking for hope and change from Obama, as leader of our country. It seems blatant lies and under the belt jokes are more his cup of Joe (you can include Joe Biden in this too).

    Is it not apparent that all of us want something positive coming from the Presidency. Not more unfounded lies and jokes about the opponent. It just makes us loose hope in the decency of the Presidency.
    It is actually demoralizing for all of us when there is no productive dialogue, debate, discussion. Just a desperate race to tarnish the opponent.

    August 15, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Puma Girl

    As an animal lover, I have to question all you folks who think it is better for the President to eat a dog than for his opponent to secure his dog to a roof rack in a secured kennel. People ought to think outside of their precious party lines.
    If everything out of your mouth and head is formed out of party affiliation, then you are a moron with no thought in between your ears, only the thought of slandering the other party, regardless of logic.

    August 15, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. a

    Right, because he didn't eat his dog like Obama?

    August 15, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. ski2xs


    Don't meddle in the affairs of a man and his dog named Seamus!

    I like the way he thinks on choosing that name. He's got my vote.

    August 15, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Pander Bear

    Watching the lame conservative responses is almost as funny as a song called "Don't Roof Rack Me Bro". Romney sucks and you know it.
    Couldn't agree more. Just count the number of their lame responses that start off with or include "at least". That tacit admission of defeat is priceless. They know they've got a wimpy plutocrat devoid of any solutions except tax cuts for him and his fellow fat ctas at the top of the ticket. This is nothing more than his incessant whining, and his boy blunder is just going to sink him even more.

    August 15, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Rae Ann Pointer

    If Mitt Romney would have eaten his dog it would have been OK though.

    August 15, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Ferret out the B.S.

    The dog issue seems to be rather pale in comparison to Romney taking money from the Salvadoran ruling / wealthy families that instigated the Death Squads in the 80's to start Bain Capital then finance his first presidential bid. BTW who paying for this time around aside from the Kotch brothers?

    August 15, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Bruce

    8.2% And all you have is a dog on the roof story? Interesting.

    August 15, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. rover

    Does this mean horse trailers are inhumane? How about the back of a pickup truck?

    August 15, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. lolo

    You right winghuts can bring up anything you want on Obama, we have heard it all before and it doesn't work. Mittens is a dumb jock and that is all there is to this man. Oh I forgot he is rich too. You are willing to vote for a man who is a bully, cruel to animals, cheats on his taxes, hides his money in offshore accounts and god knows what else he is hiding, then go ahead, but he will still not become president of these United States. Mittens is done. You can look at the man and his demeaner and see that the only reason he wants to be president is because, 1. he is rich and he thinks that he is entitled to be president, 2. It is a dream of his for the last 20 years to keep his rich buddies rich, 3. Wants to be able to include the title on his resume, 3. Wants his boys to be proud of him after he eats the dust. The main reason is concern for the people and the country and he has not mentioned it one time. He is all about greed and nothing else. Now he has sold his soul to the GOP/TP devils to get elected and cannot get out of it or he looses their votes. Thanks Mittens for being a lying severly conservative and we still want to see those tax returns.

    August 15, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Ready

    Hope and change has become Hate and Smear. Thanks Obama/BIden for helping to make Romney look more respectful and presidential. You've provided a nice contrast of who should be president. Obama, your sleazy campaign says a lot about you.

    August 15, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Gotta love this silly presidential political season...especially when a dog named Seamus becomes a top 10 issue.

    August 15, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. The Other Dale

    Evidently to GOP followers, a grown man crating a dog and inhumanly putting him on a roof-rack of a car in our culture is A-OK as long as someone else as an innocent child in another culture where it was acceptable had eaten dog-meat.

    August 15, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Malory Archer


    At least Romney's dog survived his ride. – At least long enough to run into the woods, never to be seen again. I once had a cat who was terrorized by the neighbor's dog who got into my fenced yard. The cat seemed okay – just really frightened and he hid in the basement stairwell. When my daughter arrived from school, she found the cat dead. The vet did a autopsy and determined that he died of a heart attack. For all we know, Seamus met the same fate.

    August 15, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. mommytwice

    I am baffled by people's insanity over this. The dog was strapped to the top of a car by a GROWN MAN who should have known better than to treat any creature that way. Obama said in his book he was given meat as a young child. It turned out to be dog, which was common practice in Indonesia. Of course, I find eating dogs horrible and disgusting, but I can see the differene between deliberate animal abuse and a little kid being fed something by a parent. People need to get a grip and see the HUGE difference here.

    August 15, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    Rae Ann Pointer

    If Mitt Romney would have eaten his dog it would have been OK though.


    If he lived in a country where that's standard practice, then yes, it would have been okay. The other side of the coin is that if he lived in a country where it's standard practice and he declined to do so at a dinner party, he would have offended his host.

    August 15, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Stoney

    I thought liberals were so intelligent. And this all Obama can come up with; which has been recycled how many times?

    August 15, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    So President Obama is vilified for something he was told to do as a child while Willard gets a free pass for animal cruelty as an adult??? Hypocrisy knows no bounds when it involves the rethugs.

    Show us the taxes Willard.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 15, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Robert

    Obama can't stand on his record since it sucks, so he has to go after his opponent. How low can will he go?

    August 15, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Indy

    That is just downright funny about having other things on his car, nothing more and nothing less, Downright Funny ! End of storey

    August 15, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    I have heard from the same anonymous sources that harry reid uses that obama is practicing cannibalism every tuesday night in the whitehouse. it is true. they said so. prove he isn't a cannibal lefties.

    August 15, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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