We were wondering who in President Obama's campaign would raise "the dog issue" against Mitt Romney.
Turned out to be Obama himself, last week in Iowa.
Noting that Romney criticized the usefulness of wind energy because "you can't drive a car with a windmill on it," Obama referenced the 1983 incident in which Romney ferried the family dog Seamus in a kennel mounted atop his car.
"I know he's had other things on his car," Obama joked about Romney, a line he repeated two other times in Iowa.
All of which prompted this question from ABC's Jake Tapper to Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter: "Is this one of the big policy debates that the Obama campaign wants to have, whether or not it was appropriate for Governor Romney to put his dog on the top of a car in 1983?"
Cutter called it "a light-hearted remark," and that Obama spent his time in Iowa discussing the need for clean energy programs, and for Congress to pass legislation to counter the Midwestern drought.
"The president is out there every single day talking about where he wants to take this country," Cutter said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said last week it was simply a joke -- "just like I think the Romney campaign and others have joked about the fact that in the President's memoir he talked about as a boy eating dog meat in Indonesia, because that is something that's done there."
When Obama made the dog comment last week, Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said: "After sanctimoniously complaining about making a 'big election about small things' President Obama continues to embarrass himself and diminish his office with his unpresidential behavior."
Earlier this year, Romney's wife Ann told ABC News that the family pet Seamus "loved" the trip back in 1983.
"He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation," Mrs. Romney said. "It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks."