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Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:12 PM

Dog Seamus ‘Loved’ Trips Atop Family Car, Says Ann Romney

Last edited Wed Apr 18, 2012, 01:48 AM - Edit history (1)

Source: ABCNews.com

Seamus, Mitt Romney’s Irish setter who traveled with his young family strapped to the roof of their station wagon, “loved” those trips, despite once getting ill, Ann Romney told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. Seamus’ 1983 trip from Boston to a summer cottage in Ontario, Canada, inside a dog carrier lashed atop the family’s Chevrolet, has become a regular barb in Romney’s side and is routinely used by his critics to paint him as uncaring.

Mitt Romney told Sawyer that the Seamus attacks were the most wounding of the campaign “so far,” but Anne Romney insisted the dog loved traveling that way and looked forward to trips. “The dog loved it,” Ann Romney said. “He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.”

Adding to the left’s narrative that Romney had little compassion for the animal is a detail from the 1983 trip that Ann Romney confirmed to Sawyer. The dog became sick, defecating all over itself and the windshield of the car, leading Romney to hose them both off before they continued on the drive to Canada. “Once, he — we traveled all the time — and he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs,” Ann Romney said, laughing as she explained how the dog got diarrhea.



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/dog-seamus-loved-trips-atop-family-car-says-ann-romney



Well, now we know Ann Romney is clueless and a liar (yeah right, Seamus "loved" it, each and every time). Same old Mitt though: I'm running for office for Pete's sake, of course I wouldn't put the dog on the roof again!

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Reply Dog Seamus ‘Loved’ Trips Atop Family Car, Says Ann Romney (Original post)
SunSeeker Apr 2012 OP
Thrill Apr 2012 #1
cstanleytech Apr 2012 #31
Politicalboi Apr 2012 #2
Cracklin Charlie Apr 2012 #6
coalition_unwilling Apr 2012 #45
Auntie Bush Apr 2012 #3
goclark Apr 2012 #27
crunch60 Apr 2012 #49
Sancho Apr 2012 #4
TrogL Apr 2012 #11
Sarah Ibarruri Apr 2012 #5
LiberalFighter Apr 2012 #7
unblock Apr 2012 #8
MrScorpio Apr 2012 #9
hayrow1 Apr 2012 #10
Dawson Leery Apr 2012 #12
kestrel91316 Apr 2012 #13
steve2470 Apr 2012 #14
Scairp Apr 2012 #17
Skittles Apr 2012 #24
hamsterjill Apr 2012 #34
Scairp Apr 2012 #15
Blue Owl Apr 2012 #16
bluedigger Apr 2012 #18
SunSeeker Apr 2012 #21
coalition_unwilling Apr 2012 #46
Bozita Apr 2012 #19
Grassy Knoll Apr 2012 #20
coalition_unwilling Apr 2012 #47
shawn703 Apr 2012 #22
edbermac Apr 2012 #23
Psephos Apr 2012 #25
pepperbear Apr 2012 #26
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #28
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #29
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #30
fifthoffive Apr 2012 #32
lonestarnot Apr 2012 #33
LiberalEsto Apr 2012 #35
Arugula Latte Apr 2012 #36
pink-o Apr 2012 #37
The Second Stone Apr 2012 #38
SunSeeker Apr 2012 #40
Enrique Apr 2012 #42
polly7 Apr 2012 #39
alp227 Apr 2012 #41
guitar man Apr 2012 #43
SunSeeker Apr 2012 #51
Tax Man Apr 2012 #44
coalition_unwilling Apr 2012 #48
spiderpig Apr 2012 #50

Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:14 PM

1. He doesn't come off very well in interviews

They may want to limit how much of these he does.

"Would you again?" "MITT ROMNEY: Certainly not with the attention it's received."

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Response to Thrill (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 04:44 AM

31. Meh, I'll grant him this though he comes off better than Palin atleast but

then that wouldnt take much as even a tree stump could manage an interview better than she ever did.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:27 PM

2. So he would do it again

If not for the bad publicity? Heartless people.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:34 PM

6. Just as I suspected


They did it again, and again, and again.

It's not just that the Romneys are rich. They're clueless.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 03:26 AM

45. There are even apocryphal stories out there that Romney

 

drove his station wagon through the car wash with pet carrier strapped to the top and Seamus inside.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:28 PM

3. "He loved it"-"Looked forward to it"-

So they obviously did this many times. Poor dog! What a liar this woman is...just like her husband.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 02:06 AM

27. That's the final straw


I can't take it anymore ~ why didn't they take the sweet dog down and tie each other to the top of the car ~ let the sweet doggie DRIVE, he had sense!!
Care Gene is missing for both of them ~ they are Bat - S*** Crazy!!!

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Response to goclark (Reply #27)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 05:24 AM

49. Canine killer to host Ann Romney's birthday party! If

 

you love animals, how could you have a guy like this host your birthday party. Ann and Mittens think alike about dogs. Use and abuse.. assholes.

Ann Romney’s Birthday Party Host: Fred Malek, Dog-Cooking “Jew Counter”
By: Phoenix Woman Friday April 13, 2012 7:26 pm

Fred Malek is also part of a group of men who were arrested after killing and barbecuing a dog in a city park in Peoria, IL in 1959.
Malek and his buddies were reportedly drunk and covered in blood when police found them. Animal-cruelty charges were eventually dropped against Malek

http://my.firedoglake.com/phoenix/2012/04/13/ann-romneys-birthday-party-host-fred-malek-dog-cooking-jew-counter/

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:28 PM

4. Ann Romney must have serious issues...

...who cares if the dog wanted to go on the trip or not!?!? What kind of poor judgement would put the dog on top of the station wagon for a 12 hour trip??? If she went along with that stupidity, there's no hope!

There's a hint for the Romney's...how common is it to see setter size dogs in carriers on the top of station wagons??

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Response to Sancho (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:00 PM

11. I have never seen a dog on top of a vehicle

At worst I've seen a dog in back of a pickup truck out of the wind. Even that's not a good idea.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:30 PM

5. This woman is a total sh*thead, isn't she? nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:38 PM

7. If there was nothing wrong with having a dog riding in a crate on top of the car...

then why didn't they remove the windshield to their car so they could experience the same effect the dog was receiving?

Do they not understand why even convertible cars have windshields?

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:46 PM

8. we had to sign a contract saying we'd return our bassett if we ever started calling her "the dog".

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:52 PM

9. I wonder if the dog would have "loved" chocolate too nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:58 PM

10. Repeat the lie enough and......

 

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:02 PM

12. Ann is just as horrible has her Mittens.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:27 PM

13. As a veterinarian I say putting that dog on the car roof

was ANIMAL ABUSE.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:29 PM

14. I totally agree. Ann Rmoney is a liar nt

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:41 PM

17. Don't have be a vet to believe that doc

It was abuse and they are complete morons to keep defending what they did as something that made the dog happy. Why didn't they just admit they shouldn't have done it, they wouldn't do it again under any circumstances and this would have gone away a long time ago? They are just another example of dumb, rich people who are utterly disconnected from the real world and lack empathy for even a poor dog they were responsible for. I really dislike these people.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:39 AM

24. they certainly don't view their pets as members of the family

like us TRUE animal lovers do

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 10:52 AM

34. Exactly

And it's SO typical of an animal abuser to say the animal "liked it". To me, it is very telling of how the Romneys view other living, breathing creatures - including the 2-legged ones that they view as "beneath them".

I'd love to fit a crate on top of a car which was big enough for Mitt and Ann, put them in it and take them for a ride and see if *they* liked it!

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:29 PM

15. They are rich

I'm quite sure they were already rich back when this happened, so why would they even have to consider putting any pet of theirs in a kennel while on vacation? They felt the only option was to put the poor dog on top of the fucking car? Haven't these rich people ever heard of a dog sitter? Hell now days even not-rich people hire someone just to look after their animals while they are away. That woman is as clueless as her dumbass husband.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:40 PM

16. Ah, that GOP-style love

n/t

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:42 PM

18. They're getting slammed on Facebook!

Over 500 replies and more coming, and none favorable that I saw.

I did what I could.

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews?ref=ts

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #18)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:06 AM

21. LOL! Thanks got the facebook link. The comments are heeelarious.nt

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 03:29 AM

46. Another FB site worth visiting and 'liking':

 

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:44 PM

19. ABC interview is coming up NOW on Nightline!

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:52 PM

20. The dog ate turkey, craps all over the top of the car....

and she thinks this shit is funny ? WTF.
They probably stopped at the homeless shelter
and gave a poor man a dollar to wash their car. Fucking Disgusting.

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Response to Grassy Knoll (Reply #20)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 03:31 AM

47. There are apocryphal stories out there that Romney

 

drove his station wagon through the car wash with pet carrier strapped to the top and Seamus inside.

https://www.facebook.com/DogsAgainstRomney

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:16 AM

22. Amazing that they think this is okay

They should volunteer to be strapped to the roof of a vehicle for 12 hours. And then say with a straight face they had a great time and would look forward to repeating the experience - and then call them on that.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:16 AM

23. "Do you know what the penalty for animal cruelty is in this state?"

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Response to edbermac (Reply #23)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:44 AM

25. Oh, that's PERFECT! n/t

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 01:05 AM

26. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.”

kinder still would be to put the pet carrier in the car with the rest of the family.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 02:13 AM

28. Feature, not LBN. Please consider reposting in Politics or GD

And please post the link to this story, the posted link just goes to ABC News. Thanks!

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 05:45 PM

29. Unlocking after a petition by the OP.

We've requested that he edit to provide the correct link. Thanks for your understanding.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:43 AM

30. Thanks for the edit...

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 09:53 AM

32. What was so important

that needed to be kept in the car so the dog had to be stored outside the car?

When I was a kid, my family took camping vacations every summer for 4 to 6 weeks each. We traveled to all 48 contiguous US states and Canada.

There were five of us kids, just like the Romneys. We had two dogs. Usually we sent the dogs to a wonderful kennel near home. Sometimes we took the dogs with us. In one station wagon we had two adults, five kids, and two dogs (miniature poodles). Three people in the front seat, four kids across the back seat. This was in the days before seatbelts, so you couldn't do that now. Most cars today don't have a bench seat in front, however, there are now third-row seats.

Food, clothing, and dogs in the back (although the dogs managed to be in laps quite a bit). We used a car-top carrier for the tents, sleeping bags, etc. My folks were obviously very efficient packers, and everything was organized.

If we needed more room, we pulled a small trailer for equipment. The dogs would never have been "stored" outside the car.

I find the Romneys' attempted justification of their behavior disgusting. They could clearly afford to own or rent an appropriately sized vehicle for their vacations.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 09:59 AM

33. It's lovely to be hosed down in the middle of winter and roof blow dried in the middle of winter en

route to Canada. I'm sure Seamus doggie loved it. Sure Ann, sure he loved it.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 10:56 AM

35. If riding on the car roof in a cage is so great, why doesn't rMoney do it?

Think of the exhilarating fresh air as he rides to his next campaign stop.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 11:20 AM

36. Oh, so now it was a routine thing?

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 12:23 PM

37. I also had an Irish Setter in the 70s

and I can tell you, that was the most neurotic, high-strung dog I ever took care of! I loved her so much, but honestly, she was kind of a diva, needing extra finesse and reassurance--as well as LOTS of attention.

And I can tell you, she would NOT have loved being tied on top of the car. And I would never have let my father do it (not that my dad ever would--he is an animal lover and would never be so heartless!) I would have refused to go on vacation if my family had made that rule!

But the sickest thing--and the RMoney's in a nutshell--is that they had their Louis Vuitton luggage with them, and they put that in the BACK SEAT!!!! So prestige material things over any live being. That's their MO!!!!!

Bastards!!

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 08:35 PM

38. We are all Seamus now.

And I love being put in a crate and tied to the top of a wagon and whizzing down a freeway at 70 miles per hour! I love losing my job and pension so Mr. Mittens can be rich! At least I think I do. I'll have to check today's talking points.

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #38)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 12:22 AM

40. Excellent analogy.

I think that is why this story reverberates so much. All sentient beings can identify with that poor dog. Because we are that poor dog.

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #38)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 01:02 AM

42. and he is going hose us off later n/t

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 08:46 PM

39. I've never understood why they wouldn't put the luggage up top.

Instead, the dog?? Maybe they didn't want to be reminded Seamus would need breaks, and didn't want to be bothered with that ... out of sight, out of mind?

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 12:33 AM

41. Even F*** R******* is a bunch of Dogs Against Romney.

And Ann Romney is full of herself. You'd think someone like her would know better. She's just trying to get the media off her and Mitt's backs regarding the dog.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 02:33 AM

43. Yeah well,

Payback is a bitch!!

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Response to guitar man (Reply #43)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 08:49 AM

51. LOL! nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 03:05 AM

44. the dog 'loved it'

 

substitute 'woman' for 'dog' and voila you have every rapist's excuse. and since the gop wants women to have about the same rights as dogs...

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 03:40 AM

48. Nosferatu Ann, the face of evil:

 

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 08:05 AM

50. Y'know - part of me thinks Mittens & Ann should just keep running their traps

They keep stepping deeper and deeper into it on a daily basis.

Clueless, mean-spirited, self-entitled hypocrites. Oh - that's right - they're Republicans.

Ugh.

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