Why the tire-pressure gauge stings; Update: The spin continues

posted at 5:30 pm on August 4, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

An inability to comprehend context appears to have broken out among the Leftosphere.  Apparently, none of our colleagues on the port side of the blogosphere can figure out why Barack Obama’s suggestion that the energy crisis could be solved through tire inflation and tune-ups was such a gaffe, or why the John McCain campaign’s distribution of pressure gauges skewers ObamaOne blogger goes so far as to point out that the Bush administration actually recommends that motorists inflate tires properly for efficient use of gasoline.

Let’s provide the context these folks either didn’t catch or are deliberately evading (emphases mine):

There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated — simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling — if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!

Obama didn’t intend this as some sort of offhand comment about conservation and efficiency.  No one doubts that proper tire inflation can help with efficiency, and no one thinks it’s silly to maintain one’s vehicle for a variety of reasons.  However, Obama clearly stated that we could get just as much oil from tire inflation and tune-ups as we can get from drilling — a ludicrous statement well deserving of ridicule.

Jim Geraghty calculated at the time that, assuming a 10% improvement in gas efficiency, we could save about 330,000 barrels of oil a day through proper tire inflation.  Most experts put the actual improvement at 3%.   With our present consumption of 20 million barrels a day, that comes to a savings of 1.65% at the most generous assumptions, and more likely about 0.5%.  Current production of American oil is 8 million barrels a day; expanding drilling to the OCS and to interior shale would eventually provide millions more per day, not just the 100,000 barrels we’ll get out of our tires.

So yes, inflate your tires properly and get regular tune-ups.  But if you think that will solve the supply crisis or make us independent of foreign oil, then you probably won’t get the joke no matter how many times we explain it.

The Ohio Republican Party has some fun with this in their latest web ad:

Update: Jim Geraghty has a note to McCain surrogates: explain the gag.

Update II: David Price at Dean Esmay’s joint has a few more calculations:

How silly is this statement?  Doing the math, it looks like he’s off by about an order of magnitude.  The DOE link says you can save 3.3% and U.S. consumption is 20.8M barrels a day, half of which is gasoline, so even if fully half the population is driving on very poorly inflated tires you’re talking about only about 165,000 barrels a day, a tenth or less of the millions of barrels a day we could add in production.  Hell, the mean estimate for ANWR alone is 780,000 bpd. …

Catch all the shifting goalposts, flawed assumptions, and bad math there?  “All the oil we could get from drilling” becomes “the increase from expanded offshore drilling,” and even then uses a number that seems out of step with published estimates of 250,000 to 1 million bpd.  Then we casually more than double the tire-inflation savings by tossing in “maintenance.”  Then we throw out quantitative analysis altogether by using the impossibly vague “many drivers.” Finally, we ball up our morass of bad data into a misleading conclusion, and for emphasis we state explicitly the one assumption we always regarded as unassailable: Obama must be right.

And note that none of these estimates includes the production from shale, which has a low estimate of 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil — and which doesn’t require deep-sea drilling to extract.

Put even more simply: If Democrats want us to believe their oft-stated aphorism that we can’t drill our way out of a supply crisis, then they’d be much better off not trying to convince us we can inflate our way out of one.


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How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?

crr6 on August 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Yes, I think Obama messed himself up this time, big time.

Terrye on August 4, 2008 at 9:51 PM

crr6:

Well for one thing it would sent a signal to futures markets that there will be a new concerted effort to take oil production out of the hands of unstable regions of the world.

Terrye on August 4, 2008 at 9:52 PM

How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?

I can’t unwrap the stupidity in this statement.

benrand on August 4, 2008 at 9:57 PM

Sorry if OT, but this story that Drudge has linked makes the McCain campaign look quite capable.

McCain Not First to Compare Obama to Paris Hilton

myamphibian on August 4, 2008 at 10:00 PM

I much perfer”Running on Empty” as it is a metaphor
for Barry the empty suit.

Buy Danish on Aug 4,2008 at 9:26PM.

Buy Danish: May I recommend Turbo Lover by Judist Priest!

or Can’t drive 55 by Sammy Hagar,

or Autobahn by Kraftwerk! :)

canopfor on August 4, 2008 at 10:01 PM

I got an Idea!

All those Obama volunteers(peace officers) can go door to door and check peoples tires and fill them up LMAO..

Chakra Hammer on August 4, 2008 at 10:07 PM

http://www.time.com/time/verbatim/20050228/5.html

LMAO!!!

Chakra Hammer on August 4, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Sorry if OT, but this story that Drudge has linked makes the McCain campaign look quite capable.

McCain Not First to Compare Obama to Paris Hilton

myamphibian on August 4, 2008 at 10:00 PM

LOL!

Chakra Hammer on August 4, 2008 at 10:11 PM

Well, you know what they say…righty tighty, lefty loosey.

Bob's Kid on August 4, 2008 at 10:14 PM

If there’s one thing the Democrats know well, it’s Inflation… oh wait… I GET IT! *knee slap* Increased inflation will help our energy crisis? That’s like Global Warming is caused by increased CO2, right?

DakRoland on August 4, 2008 at 10:15 PM

How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?

My 8 year old is in bed now. When she wakes up tomorrow, I’ll have her explain to you.

reaganaut on August 4, 2008 at 10:19 PM

Everyone is forgetting the

9.2 gallons of Diesel
4 Gallons of Jet Fuel
1.75 gallons of Heating fuel
9.27 gallons for other products

that a barrel of oil produces. Those 780,000 barrels of oil from ANWR also produces 7,000,000 gallons of Diesel (2.3 billion gallons a year), 3,000,000 gallons of Jet Fuel. 1,300,000 gallons of heating fuel. 365,000,000 gallons a year could hat a lot of homes and keep the price down.

WoosterOh on August 4, 2008 at 10:20 PM

“How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying
that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?”

I can’t unwrap the stupidity in this statement.

benrand on August 4, 2008 at 9:57 PM

There was a time I used to think that crr6 was pretty smart… for a liberal… and moderately well informed….. for a liberal.

Gotta be some really bad Kool-aid being passed around at ‘WooDNCstock’

LegendHasIt on August 4, 2008 at 10:22 PM

I much perfer”Running on Empty” as it is a metaphor
for Barry the empty suit.

Buy Danish on Aug 4,2008 at 9:26PM.

Buy Danish: May I recommend Turbo Lover by Judist Priest!

or Can’t drive 55 by Sammy Hagar,

or Autobahn by Kraftwerk! :)

canopfor on August 4, 2008 at 10:01 PM

what no one wants ac/dc highway to hell

Mojack420 on August 4, 2008 at 10:30 PM

crr6 on August 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

let me count the ways of sweet sweet sorrow. The dems are on the wrong side what matter is it if the icebergs melt if we can’t get to work. Do you think China will save your icebergs from melting? they like all marxist countries care nothing but their power.

unseen on August 4, 2008 at 10:31 PM

dave742 on August 4, 2008 at 8:47 PM

if you invest in the market let me know what stocks you are in so I can short the hell out of them because you do not know crap about how a market works. you bring the threat of 40 billion more bll of oil coming to market and oil retreats. in the market because of SPECULATION.

unseen on August 4, 2008 at 10:34 PM

How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?

crr6 on August 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

ever take an economics class?

guess not..

Chakra Hammer on August 4, 2008 at 10:36 PM

How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?

crr6 on August 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

well drilling for oil sure beats inflating my tires and putting a sail on my car .

Mojack420 on August 4, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Clearly the tire guages symbolize skinnyness, which is right wing code for ‘Black’, with the added bonus of being phallic in nature. Pity they could’nt enlist Britney Spears to hand them out.

DngrMse on August 4, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Domestic production can solve the energy crisis:

– 1.8 to 6 Trillion barrels of oil are estimated in the U.S. Oil-Shale Reserves (DOE)
– 175 to 315 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the Oil Sands of Alberta, Canada (AGS)
– 100 Billion barrels of heavy oil are estimated in the U.S. (DOE)
– 90 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the Arctic (USGS)
– 89 Billion barrels of immobile oil are estimated recoverable using CO2 injection in the U.S. (DOE)
– 86 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (MMS)
– 60 to 80 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in U.S. Tar Sands (DOE)
– 32 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in ANWR, NPRA and the Central North Slope in Alaska (USGS)
– 4.3 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the U.S. Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and Montana (USGS)
– 214 Million barrels of oil are estimated in the U.S. Illinois Basin (USGS)

Poptech on August 4, 2008 at 10:43 PM

I say we all ride magic carpets to work from now on. That will replace all the oil we would have gotten from domestic drilling.

forest on August 4, 2008 at 10:51 PM

I say we all ride magic carpets to work from now on. That will replace all the oil we would have gotten from domestic drilling.
forest on August 4, 2008 at 10:51 PM

But wouldn’t we have to buy those magic carpets from the same people that we buy the oil?
Why enrich the Arabian magic weavers when the whole point is to quit sending money over there?
;-)

LegendHasIt on August 4, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Update II: David Price at Dean Esmay’s joint has a few more calculations:

The wording of this quote is weird. It takes out of context that it’s analyzing a time.com story or something. I’d reword this or something so its a bit more clean what Price is complaining about.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2008 at 11:09 PM

One thing I haven’t seen yet is that tune ups cost money..as do regular oil changes; that’s what I do, day in and day out. And guess what, those services are going up in price..why? Because the price of oil is high, therefore, tune ups are getting more expensive. We used to have a price increase once per year; we had one each quarter of this year; then one on 8/1, and we’ve got another big one on 9/1. And you know what? Business is soft as hell because NOBODY HAS ANY F***ING MONEY to do anything to their car because gas costs too much. You know, I bet the aide that came up with this tire gauge schtick must have thought he was going to slide uphill with this…what an a**clown.

austinnelly on August 4, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Operating a vehicle with just one tire under-inflated by 20% (8psi) can reduce the life of the tire by 15,000 km and can increase the vehicle’s fuel consumption by 4%.

Twenty-three per cent (23%) of vehicles have at least one tire under-inflated by more than 20%.

http://www.betiresmart.ca/inflation/proper.asp?loc1=inflation&loc2=proper

That works out to 1% less fuel consumption if we started arresting people with under-inflated tires.

Give those tire gauges to the nearest state troopers office and tell them Lord Obama wants to let the oceans recede.

faraway on August 4, 2008 at 11:23 PM

tire-pressure gauge = rectal thermometer:

You are the “child”………….

Instructions
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:

* Isopropyl Alcohols
* Antibacterial Soaps
* Facial Tissues
* Petroleum Jelly
* Rectal Thermometer

Step1
Shake down the mercury in your rectal thermometer to below the 98 degrees F mark.
Step2
Check the thermometer under a bright light to make sure the mercury is down.
Step3
Lubricate the end of the glass thermometer with petroleum jelly.
Step4
Ask your child to lie on her left side with knees bent or across your lap.
Step5
Insert the thermometer into the rectum approximately one inch. Never force the thermometer.
Step6
Ask the child to lie still.
Step7
Remove the thermometer after two minutes. Use a watch to make sure you have left the thermometer in for the full two minutes. Pulling a thermometer out too early will cause you to miss a fever.
Step8
Wipe the thermometer off with a tissue. Unless the glass is wiped clean, it is difficult to get an accurate reading.
Step9
Hold the thermometer under a bright light to get your reading. Take your time. The mercury will not drop, once it has been removed from the rectum.
Step10
Understand that a normal rectal temperature is 99.6 degrees F.

……… any questions?

Seven Percent Solution on August 4, 2008 at 11:27 PM

From a 1981 study. (Should be little change from today)

The observed changes in fuel consumption, 0.33 percent/psi, should therefore be representative of actual driving conditions.

These data sources were then combined to estimate the nationwide excess fuel consumption, about 600 million gallons per year, due to tire underinflation.

http://www.sae.org/technical/papers/810069

faraway on August 4, 2008 at 11:28 PM

How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?

crr6 on August 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Explain to me how inflating tires are going to save on jet fuel.

I’ll give you a few minutes to think about it…

dominigan on August 4, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Actually, if we wanted to fix this problem, we could mandate the use of nitrogen to inflate all new tires. Some places already do this (green valve caps).

faraway on August 4, 2008 at 11:31 PM

1 to 1.5 mile-per-gallon increase by filling tires with nitrogen, which is touted as maintaining tire pressure longer and resisting heat buildup on hot summer days.

For tire dealers, the nitrogen generator and associated equipment typically runs between $3,000 and $12,000

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,206439,00.html

Obama, just introduce the legislation to mandate nitrogen in tires.

faraway on August 4, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Explain to me how inflating tires are going to save on jet fuel.
I’ll give you a few minutes to think about it…
dominigan on August 4, 2008 at 11:29 PM

If all the planes properly inflated their tires, then take-offs and landings would use less jet fuel, probably the equivalent of any new drilling for more jet fuel would produce. I mean, it might. Right??

That sounds like something Obama would say.

wise_man on August 4, 2008 at 11:40 PM

Trains and ships don’t even have tires.

maxine on August 4, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Barrys little gave saving tip only works if 99% of the people who own and operate cars are complete morons.

TroubledMonkey on August 4, 2008 at 11:44 PM

I say we all ride magic carpets to work from now on. That will replace all the oil we would have gotten from domestic drilling.

forest on August 4, 2008 at 10:51 PM

oh great then we will have a epidemic of rug burns and then they will push for national health care to put an end to all the carpet burns of the american people

Mojack420 on August 4, 2008 at 11:54 PM

Obama has a hundred pollsters on the payroll. He knows what is going on. Tomorrow’s line will be..
“of course I didn’t mean using a tire gauge alone will solve our dependency on oil. That’s McCain old school, Old Navy way to solve the problem. We are going to install these new air devices that will fill your tires with “hopeychangey” air. That new air is the new hope that will “weed” us off our dependency from Jurassic oil. What do you expect from the GOP and their nominee that is still quagmired in the tar pits of Bush, Cheney, Haliburton and that old iron sides 795th out 800 graduating class from the civil war era McCain.” :-)

Sergei on August 5, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Not to use Rhetoric and hyperbole that would make Ann Coulter Cringe BUT…
What Obama an all the Dems are doing with this Energy crap is like the Rapist blaming the victim for the rape.
“Well your honor she was wearing a short skirt evidently she wanted it…”
“Well your honor she was driving an SUV she MUST want to ruin the planet, and pay high gas prices…”

Remember to Obama YOU are the problem and Goverment is the solution.

Jiminy Christmas I hate the Anti-Free market anti-freedom nanny stater, Marxists that we have somehow allowed to infiltrate our country. :(

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on August 5, 2008 at 12:36 AM

1 to 1.5 mile-per-gallon increase by filling tires with nitrogen, which is touted as maintaining tire pressure longer and resisting heat buildup on hot summer days.

For tire dealers, the nitrogen generator and associated equipment typically runs between $3,000 and $12,000

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,206439,00.html

Obama, just introduce the legislation to mandate nitrogen in tires.

faraway on August 4, 2008 at 11:36 PM

It’s not as simple as saying that nitrogen will save fuel. It will but if people are already too lazy to monitor their tire pressure, then they certainly are going to be too lazy to drop by a tire shop and have nitrogen added. I say the extra step introduced by mandating nitrogen will mean an average drop in tire pressure monitoring. At home I have a compressor, and I monitor my tire pressure, but I wont be nearly as diligent when I have to go by a tire shop to top off three psi, but actually I will because I will bleed off the nitrogen and replace it with compressed air.

P.S. tires filled with “air” are already filled with %70 nitrogen, so it’s not a magic gas that won’t leak ever.

DFCtomm on August 5, 2008 at 2:20 AM

Even if Obama did NOTHING ELSE besides campaign against flat tires FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE he would, at best, cause 2% of America’s tires to gain air. There just aren’t that many flat tires out there already (given current efforts to educate the public).

Thus, this would save us about 0.04% of our total oil consumption.

This is the best use of his time that I can imagine. Go for it Barack!

Pythagoras on August 5, 2008 at 2:35 AM

How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?

crr6 on August 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Do you think that more domestic drilling will raise the price of oil and hurt the economy?

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 2:44 AM

Obama, just introduce the legislation to mandate nitrogen in tires.

faraway on August 4, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Do you think that Obama is buying nitrogen futures?

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 2:54 AM

Trains and ships don’t even have tires.

maxine on August 4, 2008 at 11:43 PM

We will have to put some on them.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 2:58 AM

I say the McCain campaign act as mature as the left and construct a paper maiche’ Kiss float. Anyone?

Paper maiche’ is waaaaaaaay less gimicky.

Topsecretk9 on August 5, 2008 at 3:13 AM

Does Barry personally make sure his entire fleet of SUVs have their tires properly inflated?

This guy is as ridiculous as Algore.

benrand on August 5, 2008 at 5:19 AM

P.S. Pelosi and other libtards say the oil companies aren’t drilling on leases they have. Not sure I understand.

Thanks for the education HA…

mimi1220 on August 4, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Let’s explain how oil exploration works. A drilling company (not Exxon or Conoco, but a local smaller time outfit with a drilling rig) has a land man (speculator) who examines the geology in a couple of typical places in a large area, or uses satellites to examine the geology, (where the hills are and what kind of soils are there), puts together the leases under state laws (here in TX these are covered by the TX Railroad Commission). These leases have to pool the land around the drilling area, taking into account who owns the mineral and/or surface rights, signing leases with lots of individual owners to make up the drilling lease. Lots of owners won’t allow you on their land to survey for oil. Lots of owners want more money than the drilling company can afford to pay.

So the land man gets permission (leases) to EXPLORE for the oil by doing seismic surveying, test drilling, and other sampling from lots of landowners in a large area. IF they find oil and gas, THEN they pay everyone in this pool a portion or share of the royalties from that stream. Less than half the wells drilled produce oil or gas. Most are dry holes, no matter how much Nancy and Harry want there to be oil on those properties. So even if they find oil on your land, you don’t get the sole benefits of those royalties. You have to share the proceeds with your neighbors. And if they have more land in the lease than you do, they get more royalties than you do, even when the well is drilled only on your property. A typical small landowner experience. They drill on your property and the big ranch next door gets the most royalties.

Lets be clear. Oil companies pay lots and lots of money to lots of surrounding folks to SPECULATE that there is oil on someone’s land, then drill for it at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars per day. If they find it, great. If not, those folks around the drilling site don’t give that money back! Dhimmis saying that the oil companies need to drill for oil where they already have 68 million acres leased on federal lands (where, by the way, the oil companies already know the oil isn’t there or the geology is too hard to get the oil out of the ground at the current price, but had to lease to do that exploration to find out) is pretty stupid and is akin to telling Exxon to just throw $6 Billion dollars of their profits into small and large landowners’ pockets without actually putting any oil into the supply. After all, those poor people who cut your yard don’t really need the gas when they keep paying $0.50 to press up their tires every morning at the gas station, instead of paying $0.50 per gallon less on the gasoline they put in their tank. Got any spare change?

So much for running our vehicles on Hope and Change.

By the way, those leases to explore for oil expire after a period of time, usually 3 yrs here in TX. But sure enough, a few years later some company will come by and lease again and explore again… and Lo and Behold, there is more oil or gas there after the last well ran dry. The stuff keeps coming back in some places. We’ve had numerous gas wells on the same property show up over the last 20 yrs. They last for a couple of years, go dry, get capped, then four or five years later, another well and another two yrs production. Some fields last a long time. Some are hit and miss. Some are always dry. That is why it is all a SPECULATOR’s game. You pays your dues, you takes your chances. And no one can make their luck run good every time.

As an aside, it costs close to a billion dollars today to put a reasonably sized production and exploration platform on the continental shelf in water down to about 300-500 ft deep (think the Brazilian fields recently found). So Exxon’s vast profits of $11.5 Billion dollars would only buy us 12 new large oil rigs to produce oil in the ocean. Kind of puts those profits into perspective now doesn’t it?

Subsunk

Subsunk on August 5, 2008 at 6:41 AM

However, Obama clearly stated that we could get just as much oil from tire inflation and tune-ups as we can get from drilling

Thanks, Barry. Us flyover-rednecks never knew you should maintain your car.

Question: if we do all the gas-saving tips you and the other leftys want us to do, won’t we be polluting when gas starts running out of our tanks?

Squiggy on August 5, 2008 at 6:44 AM

unseen:

you bring the threat of 40 billion more bll of oil coming to market and oil retreats. in the market because of SPECULATION.

There are countless factors that go into the price of oil due to speculation. If you want to attribute the recent drop to the prospect of increased domestic drilling in order to make yourself feel smart, then I’m glad it makes you feel better.

if you invest in the market let me know what stocks you are in so I can short the hell out of them because you do not know crap about how a market works

I have been moving my money out of the market for years. I now have very little left in it. I will start buying stocks again when the DOW hits 6,000. Over the past few years I have been buying a lot of gold (metal, not stocks – nearly all that I have bought was for less than $450) and foreign currencies. I have been making a fortune the past three or four years. I guess you know now what not to do.

dave742 on August 5, 2008 at 7:11 AM

Here’s more spin from Michael Grunwald of the LAT (headline: “The Tire-Gauge Solution: No Joke”), with his predictable conclusion: “In other words: Obama is right.”

crushliberalism on August 5, 2008 at 7:24 AM

My bad…it was Time, not the LA Times.

crushliberalism on August 5, 2008 at 7:24 AM

Here’s more spin from Michael Grunwald of the LAT (headline: “The Tire-Gauge Solution: No Joke”), with his predictable conclusion: “In other words: Obama is right.”

crushliberalism on August 5, 2008 at 7:24 AM

These guys are such idiots.

Aylios on August 5, 2008 at 8:10 AM

How is Obama’s suggestion any more ludicrous than implying that domestic drilling can solve the energy crisis?

Typical liberal tactic, mischaracterize your opponents argument, then proceed to attack the strawman you have built.

Nobody said that domestic drilling will solve the energy crisis. What they have said is that domestic drilling will reduce prices by increasing supply.

Please try to be accurate in your criticisms, for once.

MarkTheGreat on August 5, 2008 at 8:14 AM

This is just more nanny state coddling by people who think they are smarter than everyone else. Listen you elitist @sshole, I’m already checking my tire pressue. I need a president who tells me to keep my tires inflated just as much as I need a president to tell me that fast food is fattening.

BohicaTwentyTwo on August 5, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Seven Percent Solution on August 4, 2008 at 11:27 PM

You forgot step 11.

Make sure to store your rectal and oral thermometers in seperate containers. Clearly marked.

MarkTheGreat on August 5, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Seven Percent Solution on August 4, 2008 at 11:27 PM

You forgot the first and last step

First step, remove child’s head from rectum

Last step, reinsert child’s head into rectum

sabbott on August 5, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Barack sure is smart about filling tires but how did he come by this knowledge? Isn’t this the same Barack that Michelle O’ won’t allow to fill up the car with gas?

TooTall on August 5, 2008 at 9:52 AM

DNC gauge instructions: Insert in rectum.

Decode: “up yours”

maverick muse on August 5, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Inflate our tires with helium!

fossten on August 5, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Mark the Great,
“Make sure to store your rectal and oral thermometers in seperate containers. Clearly marked”

Same thing with the rectal and oral pressure gauges.

exhelodrvr on August 5, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Poptech on August 4, 2008 at 10:43 PM
Here in Montana, our Dem Gov has even said that there are 40 billion barrels of oil. It is time we drill, and drill now

ConservativePartyNow on August 5, 2008 at 11:28 AM

The Obama APPROVED tire pressure gauge.

franksalterego on August 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I don’t understand, I put more air in my tires but my car is still using gas.

Maxx on August 5, 2008 at 11:45 AM

It we take what we may save by these wimpy methods and subtract the cost of a tune-up, we’re deeper in the hole…While we’re there, we might as well drill a little deeper and really lower the price of gas.
I think that There Will be Blood had a much different message to the Left than it had for us…as usual.

Obama: a maroon, and the people who believe his ‘conservation’ tip: morons.

Christine on August 5, 2008 at 1:27 PM

If, not It!

Christine on August 5, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Can I be the Secretary of Tire Pressure?

kirkill on August 5, 2008 at 1:30 PM

dave742 on August 5, 2008 at 7:11 AM
There are countless factors that go into the price of oil due to speculation. If you want to attribute the recent drop to the prospect of increased domestic drilling in order to make yourself feel smart, then I’m glad it makes you feel better.

Do you remember Jonathan Lebed, who talked up stocks on the net and made $800,000 and subsequently had to hand over part of his illicit gains, plus interest, which came to $285,000.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Obama will bring us inflation

McCain will bring us oil!

landlines on August 5, 2008 at 6:32 PM

I just had my oil changed, and my tire pressure checked (it was 32psi all around). Then I went to gas up, and the price was the same. What the hell?

Squiggy on August 5, 2008 at 8:20 PM

You guys are too hard on NObama – you just need to have “hope” that his ideas will work!

Example: I heard his speech about how proper tire inflation would negate our need for any oil drilling whatsoever, so I followed his lead! I did some rough calculations and figured that if I put 450 psi of air pressure in my tires, I would no longer need any fuel whatsover!

I had no success in reaching this goal on my first few attempts… upon considerable reflection (while still in my hospital bed), I came upon the idea to create tires out of welded titanium mesh to withstand this incredible pressure; I promptly ordered a set from a fabricator I found on eBay.

Today, I put them into action and the results are incredible! I was actually able to inflate them to 1,322 psi… as a result, I now have to stop my 1973 Ford Pinto every 60 miles or so to siphon off all of the fuel it has been creating – I have been giving it away at gas stations as I sing the praises of NObama.

I am now trying to fit car with a larger tank so that it will enable me to drive +250 miles before having to stop and dump all of the excess fuel.

electric-rascal on August 5, 2008 at 10:01 PM

I went out and let 4 lbs of air out of each of my tires. I’ll show the #$%$%%.

I turned my thermostat down to 72 and went out and bought some big ole steaks when he said that we can’t do that any more. Sorry, I don’t have enough money to buy an SUV. I drive around in second gear sometimes though. Does that count?

darwin-t on August 5, 2008 at 10:31 PM

darwin-t

Jerkwad! You just wasted all of the fuel that I created with my contraption… now we’re going to have to Drill Here, Drill Now anyway.

With guys like you free to do as you wish we’ll never push through the socialist agenda energy reforms. I suppose next you’ll claim its your right under the constitution.

electric-rascal on August 6, 2008 at 1:45 AM

Everybody picked up on tire gauges but nobody mentions
tune-ups. What’s a tune-up?
I mean like I used to have an Olds 88 with a 302 cu inch V8.
That car had to have tune-ups. It would probably have survived
an EMP weapon.
But now I have a VW diesel that gets about 50 mpg and has
computer controlled engine management. You don’t get
tune-ups.
Obama seems stuck in the 70s.
I loved that Oldsmobile, but it only got about 12 mpg,
even with the tune-ups.

davem on August 6, 2008 at 6:09 AM

P.S. tires filled with “air” are already filled with %70 nitrogen, so it’s not a magic gas that won’t leak ever.

DFCtomm on August 5, 2008 at 2:20 AM

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Even better, plain old air is more like 78% nitrogen.

Think_b4_speaking on August 6, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Obama’s The tune up thing was the real joke. Cars haven’t required tuneups since 1985, and spark plugs now last 100,000 miles.

Also, 2006 and newer production cars all have tire pressure monitors built in.

Anyhow I loved Paris’s ad. She has my vote.

BTE: Helium won’t work to replace air in tires. It’s atoms are too small and escape easily.

Dasher on August 6, 2008 at 11:55 AM

I’m surprised someone hasn’t asked Obambi if he plans to appoint a Tire Pressure Czar to be certain all the serfs, uh citizens, are in compliance.

Lots of McCain ad material here. Visualize a completely anal, repulsive Barbara Mikulski look-alike ranting about how The Chosen One has deemed your tire pressure will be proper and not vary by one percent and you’ll like it or there will be “consequences.”

BTW aircraft tires are designed as much for cushioning on landing as much as rolling resistance for takeoff. If the wings are doing their job they’re decreasing the rolling resistance once the aircraft accelerates sufficiently. Shhh. Don’t tell Obambi or he’ll be mandating wings on automobiles.

viking01 on August 6, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Leave it to a candidate who is full of hot air to tell me to inflate my tires.

This is stupidity that rivals that of anything Hugo Chavez has said or done in the last few months.

Pcoop on August 6, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Its no wonder we have massive debt in this country thanks to years of GOP neglect and control of the budget … 25.00 for a 19 cent item!

Monkei on August 6, 2008 at 2:07 PM