President Obama Tuesday cracked up a supportive Iowa audience by making a joke about Mitt Romney putting his dog Seamus on the roof of his car.
The remark came during a discussion of windmills. From the White House transcript:
His running mate, Congressman Ryan, calls them a “fad.” Then during a speech a few months ago, Governor Romney explained his energy policy this way — “You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.” That’s what he said about wind power. Now, I know he’s tried some other things on top of a car. (Laughter and applause.) I didn’t know he had tried windmills on top of a car. (Applause.) But maybe he tried it. I would have liked to have seen that. (Laughter.)
The Obama campaign had previously seized on the story about Romney’s dog, suggesting it was a sign of Romney’s callousness, until the strategy backfired when it emerged that Obama had admitted to eating dogs as a child.
But the joke appeared to be part of Obama’s prepared remarks, suggesting the president is ready to introduce Seamus back into the campaign.
Republicans responded by noting that Obama had just himself grumbled about the pettiness of politics.
“After sanctimoniously complaining about making a ‘big election about small things,’ President Obama continues to embarrass himself and diminish his office with his un-presidential behavior,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.