Mitt Romney's campaign said Tuesday that President Barack Obama embarrassed himself by continuing to joke about Romney putting his dog on the roof of the family car.
Obama was drawing a contrast between himself and Romney on alternative energy issues during an event in Oskaloosa, Iowa Tuesday when the president brought up Romney's remark that "you can't drive a car with a windmill on it."
"I don’t know if he's actually tried that. I know he's had other things on his car," Obama said.
In 1983, Romney put his dog, an Irish Setter named Seamus, in a crate on the roof of the family station wagon for a 12-hour drive to Canada. Dog lovers have protested Romney ever since the story was told to the Boston Globe in 2007 in an effort to show the candidate's ability to solve problems.
The Romney campaign said that Obama's remarks are hypocritical to what he's said before.
"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 campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in an email. "This election is about creating jobs, turning around our economy and helping the middle class. The President's policies have failed on all counts and he will do anything to distract from his abysmal record."
The conservative Weekly Standard reminded readers on Tuesday that in his memoir, Obama acknowledged he had eaten dog meat when he lived in Indonesia as a child. Here is video of Obama reading the relevant part of his memoir: