Thursday, June 28, 2007

Whistling Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah out of our assholes

I love it when art imitates life. Or is it life imitating art?

What if you have dog shit all over the outside of your car but you keep driving the 12 hours from Boston to Ontario?

What do you call that?

If you're Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, you call it a vacation.

Have you heard about this?

Romney strapped Seamus the Irish Setter in a dog crate to the top of his car and then hit the road. Shortly after, the shit hit the fan.

Or car, as it were.

This heartwarming story was presented as evidence of Romney's 'emotion-free crisis management' skills in a profile of Romney published by the Boston Globe.

Here's a highlight:

As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.

As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway.
"Well I'll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun and you're gonna have fun. We're all gonna have so much fucking fun we'll need plastic surgery to remove our goddamn smiles. You'll be whistling 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' out of you're assholes! Ahh. ha. ha. ha. I gotta be crazy!" - Clark Griswold, National Lampoon's Vacation.
According to the Boston Globe, Romney 'built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.'

Obviously Seamus didn't appreciate the whole windshield comfort effort.

Now, before you go writing PETA or whoever, the incident happened back in 1983. And if the trip home didn't kill him, Seamus is most certainly dead by now.

Just like Romney's presidential campaign.
I am listening to: The Strokes - You Only Live Once
I am reading: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
And I am: Not surprised for some reason