Remember when Mitt Romney's old roof-riding, diarrhea-suffering dog, Seamus, was a thing? He even made the cover of the New Yorker! He got a small revival today thanks to a speech President Obama gave in Iowa, and Devo. Yes, Devo.
Obama was trying to sell Iowans on windmills and the importance of extending the tax credits for wind energy producers when he totally went there. Mitt Romney doesn't like windmills. He doesn't want tax credits for wind energy producers. So Obama was all, "You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it." Oh, burn. "Now, I don’t know if he’s actually tried that. I know he’s had other things on his car." Double burn. The joke isn't that funny, but you try finding something about Mitt to make a joke about. Oh, another taxes joke? Great. You're a regular George Carlin. Seamus is all you've got, but the Romney campaign is so devoid of humor they called Obama's comedy routine "un-presidential."
Later in the day, the most un-presidential band ever, Devo, announced they're releasing a song called "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Remember Seamus)" on August 25, because if you can fit two stale jokes into one song title you have to do it. Devo's founder and 'commercial director,' Gerald V. Casale, is a bit Seamus-obsessed. Along with the song, he's launching Remember Seamus, supporting Dogs Against Romney, and he's involved in that Seamus iPhone game you heard about on Twitter a month ago. We love dogs just as much as the next guy, maybe more (we call our apartment 'Dog City'), but this is overkill. Let's leave the Seamus jokes to comedians of varying repute, okay?
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