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. independent

    Some people wonder, 'how could he do it, how could he strap that makeshift kennel to the roof and drive hundreds of miles?' For some people, dogs are not people. Dogs are fun and loyal, but not subject to the same rules that apply to people. He probably felt, at the time, dogs don't have feelings, dogs don't suffer (as humans do). Right? And, we have to drive to Ontario, no room in the car, so Seamus goes on top.

    This should be no surprise. Romney is a man who can disassociate feelings, pain and discomfort from a 'necessary' situation, especially a 'necessary good'. When he worked at Bain, they closed some companies and forced some companies (through required debt) into bankruptcy. He may have felt that this was necessary to create better or stronger companies. (Think of it as, 'I have to kill you to save you.') The point is, he didn't feel the pain and suffering of those who lost their jobs, livelihoods, homes and (according to some) loved ones, because of the 'necessary good' of the end result. Even if the pain and suffering registered. The end would justify the means. This is part of his personality. We can see it with his pets, and we can see it with his job. That's just who he is.

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

    "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."

    Why would we do that? Given that he invested in Bain and worked with Mittens, I think "cannibal who had a momentary burst of conscience" probably describes him quite well.

    August 15, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. ToldUso

    The thing about this story that really angers me is that they refer to Devo as a "punk" band. Sheesh, they were/are techo-pop at best.

    August 15, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. cali girl

    I don't think any sane person would strap a family member to the roof of a car? So why the beloved member of the family who happens to be a dog? The uproar is over the dog's rights, and believe it, PETA is ALL OVER this.

    August 15, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. valwayne

    I can hardly believe that a President of the United States could be so small, mean, and petty? And coming from a President who ate dogs its truly unbelievable. I would be more than happy to be Seamus riding on top of the car with the family in a comfortable carry-all than a dog with its throat slit to be Obama's lunch! Obama is really running the slimiest, nastiest, sleaziest, most petty campaign in history! He should be ashamed!

    August 15, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    @wilson, in many states putting your dog in the back of a pick truck is illegal. If your truck rolls over it rolls on top of your dog. Get it now?
    As far as Teflon sticking? Try dog poop running down the side of the SUV because Seamus was having such a good time, according that country club wife, that he soiled himself and they thought it was funny,
    @rightytighty, I LOVE animals but maybe Seamus was better of on a dinner plate than being abused by his family.

    August 15, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Richard

    Romney likes his dog on the roof of the car, Obama likes his on the dinner table. Which one's worse?

    August 15, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Brian in DC

    On the WH menu tonight is Yellow Lab picatta with a side of Persian cat fritters.

    August 15, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Rosiedear

    It's not complicated and it shouldn't even matter whether Romney is on the right or the left.

    The thing with the dog was simply stupid. He was an adult. He should have thought it through. He should have been prepared. He should have realized it was stupid. It happened many years ago, but as it is, he was guilty of a huge lapse in judgment and he's made it obvious that to this very day, he still doesn't get it. And if he still doesn't get it, then he's entirely capable of using really bad judgment all over again.

    I would be worried because, frankly, if somebody is too careless, callous, and clueless to be a responsible dog owner, I would have to think very long and very hard before I handed him responsibility for an entire country.

    August 15, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. FLIndependent

    Anyone who can treat an animal that way has no compassion and I see Mitt as nothing more than a very spoiled rich kid that has never grown up and only wants the Presidency for power and to further enrich his 1% cronies and safeguard their $$$$. Beware people – the R&R ticket will be 10x worse than Cheney/Bush!!

    August 15, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |

    Think about all those dogs Obama ate while he was in Indonesia. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he drops to his hands and knees in the middle of one of the debates and starts barking.

    Should he be wearing a flea collar?

    Will the Secret Service restrain him if he tries to bite Romney?

    August 15, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. TCH

    My general perception is that Romney would strap me to the top of the roof, too. I'm just some working-class plebian who attended no prep school and went to a state college. Why on earth would some lower-class mammal like me need to ride inside? Then again, I'm not sure us "indentured servant" types would rate even as highly as his dog, so maybe I'd be boxed and shipped to my end destination via FedEx...

    Romney just kind of gives me the general feeling that he has the "let them eat cake" attitude.

    August 15, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    I'll throw it out there, if only because it's probably the nice thing to do...

    Hint to GOPers: the "he ate dog" thing in response to (a) Obama responding to Mittens' quip about not being able to run a car with a windmill on the roof with a car roof joke of his own and (b) a totally unrelated and unconnected pop group doing a joke song about the dog on roof thing....none of it helps your hurts it because it makes you look bigotted and small minded for attacking what a child was fed by his parents while in another country and living by that culture's rules. The only people excited by such nonsense are GOP/Teatrolls true-believers like yourselves. Mittens is getting nailed in the overall polling and electoral vote matchups. You need to be winning new voters, not turning them off just to give your right wing extremist base a tingle up their legs.

    August 15, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "My general perception is that Romney would strap me to the top of the roof, too"

    Indeed. The middle-class isn't going under the bus if Mittens and Lapdog are elected...they're going on the roof. And then Mittens and the rest of the GOP/Teatrolls will push the bus over the cliff and hope it rolls.

    August 15, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. PeterD

    One more sign that President Obama is getting Desparate and when you get desparate you always loose.

    August 15, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Jerry

    The comments are tooo funny , the dog was in no harm yet the lefties cry and scream. Mean while Obama who ate a dog gets a pass, hypocrites-all of you.

    August 15, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Gary

    The dog on the roof thing apparently has been approved by both the SPCA and the Humane Society because they have never once condemned or complained about the Romney practice.

    August 15, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Brass tacks:

    Most people anthropomorphize their animals. The problem for Mittens is that he sees most peolpe as animals anyway.

    August 15, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. California Gary

    Well truth hurts.......we may get the chance to see if your theory is correct at the debates. I fully expect for Obama to eat Romney alive.......right there in front of everybody. At the very least, he will drink his milk, eat his cookies, and take his lunch money.

    August 15, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. ritmocojo

    Dummies of the GOtP, Obama never ate dog, he was referring to the many cultures that do. But then how would you all know when you've never been outside the confines of your trailor park.

    August 15, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. FLIndependent

    Wow, talk about blowing comments out of proportion! You righties can dish it out but can't take it. President Obama has a great sense of humor and Mitt has absolutely none! It was Mitt that told the story of what he did to his dog and President Obama had the perfect set up to make a joke when he was talking about wind energy. Those that keep saying he has nothing to run on just aren't listening and have been blinded by their hate over these past 4 years.

    August 15, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. dave

    We know he loves that dancing horse. He spent $77K per year feeding it and then tried to make you and I pay for it by claining a tax deduction

    August 15, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. FLIndependent

    @Blah, Blah – "Vote for the party that doesn't have to govern for the American people simply because there are millions like you who are easily brainwashed and will vote for them no matter what they do to this country"
    Right on! Isn't it amazing that there are so many out there willing to reward the treasonous behavior of the Repubs/Tea Partiers. Why aren't they as upset about their tax dollars going to support their lazy do-nothing butts as they are the poor people of this country?

    August 15, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Nick

    Kind of what I would expect of an intellectual lightweight like Obama who thinks giving an animal a safe ride (for the times) is somehow worse than actually eating a dog. Just one more Obama distraction so we don't look at his record. Yawn.

    August 15, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. CryBabies

    Really? Really?? This is worth writing about CNN??? And you people have the right to vote.....Please stay home!

    August 15, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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