Monday, February 6, 2012

Did Mitt Romney Drive Through a Car Wash with His Dog on the Roof?

The Boston Globe published an article this morning written by Neal Swidey, the reporter who first uncovered the Mitt Romney dog abuse story in 2007. In today's article, Swidey reminisces about the story and why it just won't seem to go away. You can read it here.

But I noticed something troubling in the article. The original story claimed that Mitt Romney strapped his dog to the roof of the car in a crate and drove the family 12-hours to Canada. Along the way, the poor, scared dog (Seamus) had a bad case of diarrhea (some say in fear) that ran down the side of the car. Romney stopped the car at a gas station, the story went, and hosed down the poor beast and car before getting back on the road.

But is that what REALLY happened?

In today's article, Swidey reveals that in the first version of the story he'd heard from a Romney "family friend," Mitt Romney did not hose down the dog but instead "drove the station wagon right through a car wash" with poor Seamus strapped atop!

Knowing he had a remarkable story in his hands, Swidey says, he worked diligently to ensure he had every detail correct. He spoke to Tagg Romney, one of the Romney children who was in the car at the time. "Far from being tone-deaf, Tagg realized as I dug deeper that the story could cause his father grief," Swidey wrote. 

And the story changed.

So, Mr. Romney, what is the REAL story?

Rusty

22 comments:

Candice Hall said...

Car wash or not, hose or not... The sheer fact he strapped that poor creature on top of that car scared, alone with the wind whipping around in that cell...I am mortified...If I didn't have a reason to dislike him before, I sure do know...

Anonymous said...

Well this is even worse than the first story I read. Come on Americans, we can do better than this guy. I think he actually deserves criminal charges for animal abuse. What kind of person does this? I will tell you, a person who is mean, has no conscious and one that does not need The United States of America relying on his decisions. The Primarys are going on now, let's get rid of this guy!

Anonymous said...

I just wish Mutt Romney could strap Mitt Romney to the wing of a super sonic jet and fly it through a extreme rain storm complete with hail & lightning. Seems like a equitable punishment that fits the crime. Crime? Yes I said Crime with a capital C.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rusty - dude, check it out. Did Mitt really tell us it was a "completely airtight kennel" in an interview with Fox in 2007?

http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1052747/44532235

Yep. I think he did ! Mitt sucks leather pig ear chew toys.

Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney: Bad for dogs. Bad for America.

Rover said...

Oh c'mon, nothing wrong with this. Mitt used his formidable acumen and made a business decision. An automated car wash was a cost effective decision. He could have just given the dog a pink slip and said, "Hit the road, Fido," but he made the compassionate conservative decision to clean and re-use the dog for future familial purposes. That's eco-friendly too!

Ivyfree said...

The whole incident is just so wrong in so many ways. It shows that he has no compassion or even affection for what was, after all, the family pet. It shows he doesn't care about Christian stewardship: God gave man stewardship over the world, remember? That means you provide care. It shows he has no sensitivity for others' feelings. It shows he doesn't have the capability to think beyond A and B- from "the dog needs a place" to "tie the dog on the roof of the car"- at that point, a normal person would ask, Is this a good idea? Will the dog be safe? Will he be reasonably comfortable? And it shows a cruel streak: he just doesn't CARE whether the dog was safe or comfortable or terrified. It shows a complete egotism: it never occurred to him that other people might find this action wrong. And it shows he's a cheap bastard: he was rich, even then- he could have afforded a big SUV or a minibus that would have carried all his kids AND the dog, and had the luggage in a trailer.

The whole incident left me shaking with rage when I first heard it. If somebody thinks they should be president, they need to show better judgment than he's got.

jeffpickens said...

Startling Revelations:

Mitt Romney's Dog: An Investigative Photo Essay

Anonymous said...

When I lived n Massachusetts years ago, one could be ticketed for animal cruelty for allowing a dog to ride loose in the back of a pick-up truck. So, if you are governor you can just do as you please? What about president? I think not...

Aunt Snow said...

A completely airtight kennel?

But I thought he said that his dog likes fresh air!

Anonymous said...

How about making a real chew toy in the shape of Romney? I'd definitely buy one for my dog, Jimi.

Anonymous said...

This is the reason why the Goddess invented social media. I hope someone asks Romney about Seamus in a debate.

Anonymous said...

Every time this subject is brought up to Romney in an interview, the first thing he does is laugh. It's infuriating.

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Anonymous said...

Romney's treatment of Seamus speaks volumes - more than anything he could say in a debate. I wonder if he has any capacity for empathy or looking at a situation from another's perspective? I hope he does not even make it on the ballot for president.

Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney's lack of compassion, much less common sense, is astounding. This is not just about a rich guy who is used to having his way -- Romney is really twisted. The act was callous, cruel and totally selfish.

Anonymous said...

I am deeply sickened by the whole incident. Mitt Romney should be universally reviled and censured. He should not even be allowed to run for President or, God forbid, dog catcher either.
I am purple with rage over this disgusting, malevolent, unfeeling, dastardly mistreatment of another being.

Duke The Blue Nose Pit said...

Crate Gate must be barked about!

Anonymous said...

Today's Puddin Don't webcomic refers to this issue with Mitt Romney:

http://puddindont.com/2012/01/14/no-thanks-mitt-puddin-dont-need-a-ride-he-knows-how-you-roll/

Anonymous said...

I don't believe the car wash version for a second!

It's a pretty sad story, but exaggerating it does not make it worse, it only makes it less believable.

Anonymous said...

Either version is deplorable! We "dog kooks", as someone called us, consider our dogs to be a part of our families. We would be just as horrified had it been one of Mr. Romney's children, or even his mother-in-law, that he put in that crate!

Furry Calico said...

Cat's let's bury Romney like we bury out poop!