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Mitt Romney’s dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics’ best friend

Publié par Clifford Armion le 15/03/2012

Philip Rucker

It happened more than a quarter century ago, at the start of a Romney family summer vacation. But the tale of Seamus, the Irish setter who got sick while riding 12 hours on the roof of Mitt Romney's faux-wood-paneled station wagon, is ballooning into a narrative of epic proportions.

It has come to characterize the candidate and not in the favorable way Tagg Romney hoped for when he first talked in 2007 about his family's annual road trips.

Late-night host David Letterman has been giving the dog near-nightly shout-outs. There are parody Web videos, Dogs Aren't Luggage T-shirts and Facebook groups. (Dogs Against Romney, which protested outside last month's Westminster dog show, has more than 38,000 Facebook fans.) The New Yorker featured a cartoon, with Rick Santorum riding in Romney's rooftop dog carrier, on its cover last week. In the five years since the story was revealed, New York Times columnist Gail Collins has mentioned Seamus in at least 50 columns.

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"Mitt Romney’s dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics’ best friend", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 15/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/mitt-romney-s-dog-on-the-car-roof-story-still-proves-to-be-his-critics-best-friend