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Obama Mocks Romney for Seamus the Dog

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) -- It’s official: the infamous tale of Seamus the dog is now fodder for the campaign trail.

President Obama finally went there today, teasing Mitt Romney for famously putting the family dog on the roof of his car, as he blasted his opponent’s energy policy.

Touting the job-creating potential of wind energy in Iowa, the president criticized Romney for saying, “you can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”

“Now,” the president said chuckling, “I don't know if he's actually tried that. I know he's had other things on his car.”

In 1983, Mitt Romney strapped Irish setter Seamus to the roof of his station wagon as his young family drove from Boston to Ontario.

The jab from Obama came as he outlined the stark contrast between his support for wind energy and the view of the presumptive GOP nominee, who is spending the day campaigning in coal country.

“Governor Romney said, let's end the tax credits for wind energy production. Let's get rid of them. He said that new sources of energy, like wind, are imaginary. His running mate calls them a fad,” Obama said before a backdrop of Americana at the picturesque Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum.

The president, who is pushing Congress to extend a production tax credit for wind energy companies, noted the wind industry supports 75,000 jobs across the country.

“These jobs aren't a fad -- aren't a fad. These are good jobs. And they're a source of pride that we need to fight for,” he said.

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Dog Lovers Blast Ann Romney over ‘Inhumane’ Dog Treatment

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney’s dog days aren’t over.  The Republican presidential contender remains in the doghouse as his campaign continues to be dogged by the old story of his family’s Irish setter Seamus.

Seeking to quell ongoing criticism over the presumptive GOP nominee’s decision to make the family pooch ride in a dog kennel strapped to the roof of the family station wagon during a 12-hour trip, Ann Romney said on Monday that “the dog loved it.”

“He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation,” Mrs. Romney told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.  “It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.”

While Mitt Romney has brushed off his treatment of Seamus before, Scott Crider, the founder of Dogs Against Romney, said Ann Romney’s defense of the dog-on-the-roof story was even more of a “disappointment.”

Crider said Mrs. Romney “failed” at humanizing her husband and instead “sided on the side of transporting a dog on the roof of a car.”

“What they did was inhumane,” Crider said.  “It’s irresponsible pet ownership.”

When asked on Monday if they would do it again, the Romneys chuckled before Mitt Romney said “certainly not with the attention it’s received.”

Seamus was the second most asked question by online Yahoo users leading up to the interview, Sawyer pointed out.

Mrs. Romney said it was “crazy” how much attention the story got during both Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, when the Boston Globe first reported it, and again during his current White House bid.

The day after the ABC interview with the Romneys, the “Dogs Against Romney” Facebook group, which Crider started in 2007, added its 48,000th fan.

“I think it matters to people,” said Crider.  “Everyone understands that how someone treats their pet and what they do when nobody’s watching speaks to their character.”

“How is this guy going to solve our economic problems when he possibly has a total lack of empathy?” Crider added.

While the Seamus incident happened more than 20 years ago and the Irish setter is now dead, Bob Bannon, a senior advisor for the “Mitt is Mean” political action committee, said the story is still relevant today because, he said, “It’s a metaphor for how he treats public policy problems.”

“He’s indifferent, he’s insensitive, he doesn’t care,” Bannon said.  “He comes across as a cold-blooded corporate CEO.”

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Obama Ate Dog Meat as a Boy

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Much has been made about Mitt Romney putting his family dog Seamus in a kennel on top of his roof in 1983 and driving from Boston to Canada.

Democrats have signaled they have every intention of making sure the American people -- especially dog-lovers -- know the tale.  In January, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted a photo of the president and Bo in a car, with the snide observation: “@davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs.”

The Romney campaign signaled Tuesday night that they are not about to cede any ground when it comes to a candidate’s odd past with man’s best friend.  And the Obama campaign shot back, with a spokesman suggesting that the Romney team was attacking a child, since the Obama act in question took place when he was a kid.

The Daily Caller noted that in President Obama’s best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, the president recalls being fed dog meat as a young boy in Indonesia with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.

“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” the president wrote.  “Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths.  He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

After his mother married Soetoro, Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967 until 1971, from roughly the age of 6 through 10.

The discovery that the president had eaten dog meat prompted wise cracks on twitter and a tweet from Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom, who re-tweeted Axelrod’s original message with a different take on the picture of the president and Bo.

"In hindsight, a chilling photo,” Fehrnstrom wrote.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt tweeted this in response: "What’s the next attack @EricFerhn and the RNC will surface on a 6-10 year old?”

The Seamus story was discussed again on Monday when Ann Romney told Diane Sawyer that “the dog loved” traveling that way. 

“He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation.  It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks,” she said.

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Ann Romney: Dog Seamus ‘Loved’ Trips Atop Family Car

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(BOSTON) -- Seamus, Mitt Romney’s Irish setter who traveled with his young family strapped to the roof of their station wagon, “loved” those trips, despite once getting ill, Ann Romney told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.

Seamus’ 1983 trip from Boston to a summer cottage in Ontario, Canada, inside a dog carrier lashed atop the family’s Chevrolet, has become a regular barb in Romney’s side and is routinely used by his critics to paint him as uncaring.

Mitt Romney told Sawyer that the Seamus attacks were the most wounding of the campaign “so far,” but his wife Ann Romney insisted the dog loved traveling that way and looked forward to trips.

“The dog loved it,” Ann Romney said.  “He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation.  It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.”

Adding to the left’s narrative that Mitt Romney had little compassion for the animal is a detail from the 1983 trip that Ann Romney confirmed to Sawyer.  The dog became sick, defecating all over itself and the windshield of the car, leading Mitt Romney to hose them both off before they continued on the drive to Canada.

“Once, he -- we traveled all the time -- and he ate the turkey on the counter.  I mean, he had the runs,” Ann Romney said, laughing as she explained how the dog got diarrhea.

In a 2007 blog written during Romney’s first campaign for the presidency, Ann Romney said the dog rode “in an enclosed kennel, not in the open air” and compared the experience with a person riding on a motorcycle or roller coaster.

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Senior Obama Campaign Staffer Tweets Subtle Attack on Romney

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s senior campaign strategist took a not-so-veiled swipe at Mitt Romney via Twitter on Monday.

David Axelrod tweeted a photo of the president in the backseat of a vehicle, peering out the window alongside first dog Bo.  The caption accompanying the photo was, “How loving owners transport their dogs.”

This unsolicited advice is likely in reference to the infamous story -- as first reported by the Boston Globe -- about a family trip Romney took more than 25 years ago in which he transported his dog in a much different way.

During the former Massachusetts governor’s 2008 run for the presidency, it came out that many years before, he transported the Romney clan from Boston to Ontario, Canada, with the family dog in a carrier tied to the roof.

Coincidentally, the Obama campaign launched a Facebook page called Pet Lovers for Obama on the same day as Axelrod's tweet.  The community page features a magnet with Bo’s photo saying, “I bark for Barack.”  It invites supporters to submit photos of their pets in Obama 2012 gear.

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Gingrich Ad Revives Romney’s Dog Debacle

Ethan Miller/Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Newt Gingrich is on the attack against Mitt Romney over his work at Bain Capital, his record as Massachusetts' governor and now over how he treats his pets.

A web ad released on Wednesday by the Gingrich campaign revives the story of a Romney family road trip 25 years ago during which Romney strapped a dog carrier, with the family’s Irish setter Seamus inside, to the roof of his station wagon for the 12-hour drive from Boston to Ontario, Canada.

Word of Romney’s dog-on-the-roof road trip infuriated animal activists and pet owners during his 2008 White House bid after a Boston Globe story detailed the incident.

At a campaign event in South Carolina last week, a protester with a sign that read “Dogs Against Romney” greeted Romney supporters while standing next to a car with a stuffed animal dog strapped to the roof.

“This is a completely air-tight kennel, mounted on the top of our car,” Romney says in the ad, defending his dog placement in a Fox News clip.  “He was in a kennel at home a great deal of time as well.  It was where he was comfortable.”

The video then shows white words flashing across a black screen: “Imagine what Obama would do with a candidate like that.”

The ad, titled “For the Dogs,” includes six other clips of Romney’s most often-cited verbal gaffes including his “corporations are people too” argument at the Iowa state fair, his “I like to fire people” statement earlier this week, and his “$10,000 bet” from a GOP debate last month.

As of now, the ad will not air on television, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said.

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