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Aug142012

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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