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Presidential Dog War: Now a Book And a Drinking Song

Presidential Dog War: Now a Book And a Drinking Song

Despite the pleas of Melissa Harris-Perry, and Mitt and Ann trying to laugh the whole thing off, the story of the dog on the roof ain’t going away.

A new satirical book about Seamus by Bruce Kluger and David Slavin (of NPR’s All Things Considered) and illustrated by Colleen Clapp comes out June 19. “Dog on the Roof!: On the Road with Mitt and the Mutt” is “Seamus’s rooftop account of that headline-grabbing journey” in 64 pages.

Why? Well the blurb says:

This American tale is more than just the story of a dog on a hot tin roof. 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.

But wait, there’s more! Singer Linda Chorney, who was nominated for Best Americana Album in the 2012 Grammy Awards, has released the hilarious and extremely rude “The Ballad of Seamus Romney,” aka “The Irish drinking song” as Seamus was an Irish Setter.

(Note: strong language herein, like “manky f**kin crate”):

But what about some balance here! Obama ate a dog! Not going to work, says Debra J. Saunders, a conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Did Obama go on the defensive? No,” Saunders observes. “He took ownership of the tale” by cracking jokes about it at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

“What’s the difference between a hockey Mom and a Pit Bull? Pit Bulls are Delicious.”

It wasn’t just the one riff, either; there was a whole short film involved.

“Romney has not figured out,” Saunders says, “how to put the 30-year-old story behind him. So critics continue to use the episode as the defining anecdote about the GOP hopeful.”

Saunders says “there’s no point in telling reporters about how crowded the family station wagon was.” If he had it do over again, she advises, “Romney should say he would have hired a car and driver for his dog.”

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Did Mitt’s Dog Seamus Run Away in Canada?

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Photo credit: cover of "Dog on the Roof!: On the Road with Mitt and the Mutt"

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9:27PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

From another Care2 Cause Article:
Another Curious Incident Involving the Romneys and Their Animals

Given their track record with animals they own — the infamous incident of Mitt Romney securing the family dog, Seamus, onto the roof of their station wagon and driving 12 hours to Canada in 1983 — it does not seem so surprising to hear that a horse once owned by Ann Romney was injected with high levels of drugs. Little thought was given to Seamus’ discomfort riding for hours on the roof of the car;
Super Hit’s foot injuries were addressed with painkillers. Rather than feeling their pain, the owners of these animals either ignored it or medicated — over-medicated — them.

[Ann Romney was actually SUED over this, when she sold the horse! -- it has been settled.]

First there was dog-on-the-roof-gate, now… dressagegate?

6:12AM PDT on May 28, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

5:18PM PDT on May 21, 2012

Now when Romney put his dog in a crate on the roof of the car for a twelve hour trip he was an adult who should have known how cruel that was. He and his wife and five sons rode inside the car with no care for the frightened dog. Even after the dog getting sick and pooping all over the car they just stopped washed the dog off and put him back in the crate and continued on down the road. These were some cold people.

5:09PM PDT on May 21, 2012

There is not correlation in the two dog events. President Obama wrote a book which told stories truthfully about his life. When his mother took him to another country to live for awhile he had a stepfather who wanted him to learn about other cultures. He was a little boy who obeyed his elders. People in other Countries sometimes eat what is available, they don't have supermarkets with an abundance of food. People in France after WW11 ate horse meat, in American some people who were starving actually ate other people (Donner Pass) WW11 prisoners actually had to eat rats to stay alive, other poor countries ate what protein was available. I am sure many would have rather had a fat juicy steak, or a roasted chicken, but those were not available. So, when Obama's stepfather had him taste what his people had to eat, he gave him some dog meat, and a few other different things. Obama wrote about that and other experiences...he did not say he liked it or would ever do it again as an adult. President Obama has had a great array of world experiences which makes him more knowledge of life in other places. Valuable in these times when the world has become smaller.

1:34PM PDT on May 21, 2012

No comparison between Mitt's dog story and Obama's. Obama was 6 years old, Mitt was all grown up and able to make informed decisions.

10:58AM PDT on May 21, 2012

What if I don't like either one of them?

8:28PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Enough on the dog crap already, from both sides. Neither is amusing, neither helps the future of this country.

8:17PM PDT on May 20, 2012

OK, the song was funny. While the song is silly, it is just one episode in a long series of episodes of what could be the "Mitt is Mean" soap opera. We could follow this privileged elitist through prep school, Bain Capital, on to governor and see him through his friends, e.g. Malek, the dog killer/BBQer...and throughout his continued foibles in this campaign: "I like to fire people", "chump change" and "I'm unemployed, too" among so many others. Not to mention his attacks on women, the poor, gays, immigrants, well just about everyone who isn't rich. The man is a blank slate, you never know what he will say from day to day. But his actions speak volumes.

4:55PM PDT on May 20, 2012

If the book and video sheds light on animal cruelty then I'm for it.

10:18AM PDT on May 20, 2012

I agree with you Mark Stephen C and Kenny W...get a life Bruce S.......this was FUNNY!!

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