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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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Romney’s Dog On The Roof Story Gets Book Tour

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- That infamous and seemingly immortal tale of Mitt Romney crating his dog on the roof of his car during a 14-hour road trip has already weaseled its way into the narrative of the 2012 campaign and is now splashing its way onto America’s bookshelves.

The Romney family’s now-deceased Irish setter Seamus’ story is being cemented in history in a 64-page satirical book, Dog on the Roof, set to be released June 19.

And while the story has already incited pet lovers, pestered the presidential candidate and punctuated attack ads, a national book tour devoted solely to propagating the decades-old event will likely reinvigorate the Seamus saga, which Romney has tried to put to sleep.

“Now for the first time, here is the completely true—and only mildly embellished— shaggy-dog story of Seamus Romney,” reads the books description. “It is the inside (well . . . overhead) look at the Man Who Would Be President and the wild ride that’s sweeping—and bewildering—the nation.”

The authors, political satirists and frequent contributors to NPR’s All Things Considered Bruce Kluger and David Slavin, declined ABC’s request for comment.

The book is the latest edition to a growing grassroots advocacy movement using the Seamus story to point out Romney’s “overall appearance of meanness,” as Sean Crider, the founder of Dogs Against Romney, said. “It’s a character illuminating anecdote about Romney for a lot of people,” Crider said. “A lot of people are just pure dog lovers and see what he did as being abusive; others see it as a little window about what kind of guy he is.”

Romney’s treatment of Seamus represents a “pattern” of “meanness” from Romney, he said, that is amplified by the recent controversy over his high school bullying and his comments that he “likes being able to fire people.”

Crider, who is promoting the Dogs on the Roof book to the 55,000 Dogs Against Romney Facebook followers, said the book “makes Romney look silly.”

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