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