Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Worried about the rapid rise in the price of gas? Well, Barack Obama has some advice for you. Quit griping:

You’re building trucks that use less oil. And you know that’s especially important right now because most of you have probably filled up your gas tank a time or two in the last week, and you’ve seen how quickly the price of gas is going up. A lot of you may have to drive a distance to work. Higher gas prices are like a tax straight out of your paycheck.  And for companies that operate a whole fleet of trucks, the higher costs can make a big difference in terms of the profitability of the company.

Now, here’s the thing, though — this is not the first time we’ve seen gas prices spike. It’s been happening for years. Every year, about this time, gas starts spiking up, and everybody starts wondering, how high is it going to go? And every year, politicians start talking when gas prices go up. They get out on the campaign trail — and you and I both know there are no quick fixes to this problem — but listening to them, you’d think there were.

Well, here’s the thing — this isn’t the first time we’ve heard a President claim that there are no quick fixes to the problem of dependency on foreign oil and supply shocks.  When Republicans pressed Bill Clinton to open up ANWR and offshore drilling, Clinton responded that it would take years for such a policy to deliver enough supply to matter.  When George Bush tried to get a Democratic Congress to agree to open ANWR, Democrats said it would take years for such a policy to deliver enough supply to matter.  Now that Barack Obama’s in the White House, he says that increased domestic production by opening up long-restricted areas would take too long to deliver enough supply to matter.

When it comes to energy policy, accessing our own vast stores of oil and natural gas isn’t a “quick fix” — it’s a long term policy that creates economic growth, national security, and jobs.  And if Democrats had concerned themselves with those issues almost 20 years ago, we wouldn’t have had prices “spiking up … every year, about this time.”  Telling people to shrug it off simply because it keeps happening is kind of like proposing trillion-dollar deficits each year rather than getting serious about spending cuts and responsible budgeting.  Oh, yeah

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Bishop?

angrymike on March 9, 2012 at 8:07 AM

From the man who placed all the blame at W’s feet in 08 on rising gas prices

Don’t blame me!

cmsinaz on March 9, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Long term solutions? You mean like a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast refineries? The one you personally killed in the Senate yesterday?

What an effing hypocrite.

Happy Nomad on March 9, 2012 at 8:12 AM

In the year 2074, Democrats will be saying it would take years for such a policy to deliver enough supply to matter.

itsnotaboutme on March 9, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Arrogant son of a gun

cmsinaz on March 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM

He’s a lock for re-election. Everyone knows it.

/obligatory

Mord on March 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM

In the year 2074, Democrats will be saying it would take years for such a policy to deliver enough supply to matter.

itsnotaboutme on March 9, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I’m pretty sure things will be very different by 2074 because of these idiots. And by “different” I mean disastrously, unrecognizably worse.

forest on March 9, 2012 at 8:17 AM

I remember that the Democrats keep lying about the Republicans having “no new solutions” and then turning to them and saying “We don’t have any solutions but we sure as hell don’t like your!” Geithner just said it to Paul Ryan the other day.
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Airball Øbama is no different in this regard – he and his Democrat allies demonize Republican solutions, embrace the status quo while running on “Hope and Change.” They intend to provide only abysmal change for the worse and they “hope” that voters will believe all their lies and demagoguery about their own plans.
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Øbama, remember, is walking back “Hope and Change” to the expanded version, “Hope for the long haul, ’cause you gonna need it, and change eventually, ’cause that’s the natural course of events.” As far as having a plan that will benefit all Americans, he doesn’t have that game. He only has the “Look at ME!” game.

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Can we impeach this marxist bum yet? please?

thedevilinside on March 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM

If barack and the dems would just say that they are thinking seriously about opening up ANWR, the price of gas would start to go down. If they said that they were reconsidering the XL pipeline, the price of gas would go down.

The Arabs know that if the price of their crude too high, we will turn to our own supplies. So they have to do this juggling act of keep it high but not too high.

We need to drill here, drill now, and pay less (and quit funding our enemies).

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 9, 2012 at 8:19 AM

In the year 2074, Democrats will be saying it would take years for such a policy to deliver enough supply to matter.

itsnotaboutme on March 9, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I’m pretty sure things will be very different by 2074 because of these idiots. And by “different” I mean disastrously, unrecognizably worse.

forest on March 9, 2012 at 8:17 AM

The way we’re going, there won’t be a 2074, at least not for somewhere between 700 and 2071 years.

Steve Eggleston on March 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Bush’s fault!

VelvetElvis on March 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Part of his “all of the above” energy policy obviously includes Snake Oil subsidies.

KS Rex on March 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Ed. Please turn off the auto refresh. It’s playing havoc on smartphones, having to rescroll and or losing your text while typing up a comment. Just because there are stupid JavaScript tricks, doesn’t mean it has to be used. Thanks.

AH_C on March 9, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Can we impeach this marxist bum yet? please?

thedevilinside on March 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM

The last time I looked, the Senate (convicting body) is mostly comprised of criminal Democrats and gutless Republicans. Which of those do you think will vote for impeachment? I am very confident that there is no crime that he could commit (use your imagination) that would result in his impeachment. Yeah, it’s that bad.

swinia sutki on March 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

That would be “Greg Mankiw”. Need more caffeine, but am out of Dew.

Steve Eggleston on March 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

We spent Feb. in Galveston on the bay & I watched Oil freighters 3 x a week coming into port & wishing they were a daily occurance. If we had a sane petro policy there would be a fleet of tankers lined up for the refineries.

angrycodgr on March 9, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Steve Eggleston on March 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM

2074 will, in reality, be the year 61 on the new Obama calendar, to be instituted upon the first year of his Emperorship. (If a little squirt like Napoleon can do it, so can Obama).

OldEnglish on March 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM

AH_C on March 9, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Best of luck!

OldEnglish on March 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

They get out on the campaign trail and explain their plans to lower the cost of gas. You get out on the campaign trail and don’t. If the Volt is so great, why does it have a backup gas engine for just in case?

Kissmygrits on March 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I am very confident that there is no crime that he could commit (use your imagination) that would result in his impeachment. Yeah, it’s that bad.

swinia sutki on March 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Yeah, pretty much.

Happy Nomad on March 9, 2012 at 8:36 AM

The refineries are not able to keep up.
It is the refinery capacity that’s our problem.
There’s a company looking at building a small diesel refinery here in ND to sell locally bcs there’s not enough of it here.

We need more refineries.
The EPA, of course, stands in the way of that for the most part.

And when fuel prices spike in the summer above $1.50 per gallon, well OK.
But when they’re spiking up above $4.00 per gallon, that is not OK.
Obama: You are the biggest POS I have ever seen in my life.

I really didn’t think it was possible to hate a person this much that I’ve never personally met before.

Badger40 on March 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM

The left’s interest in energy is to restrict it to redistribute wealth, as between individuals and nations. Period.

petefrt on March 9, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Kicking the can down the road!!!
The can could have been full of oil by now, and we could have had guys dressed in drapes, bowing to JugEars by now.

KOOLAID2 on March 9, 2012 at 8:42 AM

In 2074 the Marxist Republic of America celebrates it’s 60th anniversary

celtic warrior on March 9, 2012 at 8:44 AM

“Now, here’s the thing, though — this is not the first time we’ve seen gas prices spike. It’s been happening for years. Every year, about this time, gas starts spiking up, and everybody starts wondering, how high is it going to go?”

So much ignorance, pile on so many lies and half truths. In other words, a typical baraka soetero utterance.

“This is not the first time we’ve seen gas prices spike.”

Right, but it’s the first time we’ve seen them “spike” over 5 dollars a gallon.

“It’s been happening for years.”

Why yes it has- average gas per gallon has doubled nationwide under baraka’s “stewardship” of the last 3+ years. When does a “spike” become a nasty upward trend line?

“Every year, about this time, gas starts spiking up..”

Because refineries begin formulating gas for spring/summer, which causes an increase in price. Only a moron president wouldn’t know this- but we are talking about baraka soetero, the downgrading algae king, so moron president is an apt descriptor.

Additionally, this seasonal increase does not even begin to explain away the price of gas blowing past the $5/gallon mark, yet another unprecedented “achievement” for the stuttering imbecile infesting my oval office.

“…everybody starts wondering, how high is it going to go?”

Hurray, somebody wrote something accurately on the teleprompter for stutters to read aloud- everyone IS wondering how high is gas going to go due to soetero’s stunningly incompetent mismanagement of our country and its economy.

This administration is a two bit freakshow, with threadbare attractions and run down tents. The bearded woman is a shrieking obese harpy, the dogfaced boy runs around eating ice cream and telling people in wheelchairs to stand up, and Eric the Meerkat is just boring. Even the main act, the stuttering jugeared pinhead, isn’t very good- can’t do a thing except read from a teleprompter.

Time to move this show on to des moines, terre haute, or kalamazoo- it surely ain’t ready for the big city.

GrassMudHorsey on March 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

So Bill Clinton said, nearly 20 years ago, that it’d take “years” to see any benefit.

Anyone find it funny (and by “funny” I mean “no, not funny at all”) that probably enough of those “years” have passed that we’d now, when we need it most, be seeing the benefits that were “years” away back in the 90’s?

crazy_legs on March 9, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Oh, quit your griping, Conservathugs! In 2071, there will be no coal, oil, natural production, and we’ll finally be healing Mother Earth from all the damage we’ve been doing to it over the years.

In the meantime, we’ll all be running on Solar and Wind power and our electric cars will go 60 miles before needing a charge. We can take all the high-speed rail trains (all electric!) from New York to Los Angeles. There will be no violence because Obama will have gotten rid of all the guns. The poor and old will have plenty of money from the government for food, travel, and health care– in fact, everyone will have the same health care! There will be no rich, and the churches will not discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation, gender, or need for birth control.

And all of you who say Obama’s a Marxist are just Wingnuts!

;)

Nethicus on March 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

In 2074 the Marxist Republic of America celebrates it’s 60th anniversary

celtic warrior on March 9, 2012 at 8:44 AM

It’s Marxist Union of Republics for you, rube!

Archivarix on March 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

“Now, here’s the thing, though — this is not the first time we’ve seen gas prices spike. It’s been happening for years. Every year, about this time, gas starts spiking up, and everybody starts wondering, how high is it going to go?” B. Hussein Obama

Huh?
Is that ØbaEbonics, or what?
How out of touch is he with present-day America and its history?
The very same can be writ large re: nuclear power, a no-no in America, but yet fuels Zee Fraunch? Zee Fraunch ferchrisake!

“Energy prices will necessarily skyrocket” alright.
What a buffoon.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Actually Baracka, prices don’t usually spike THIS SOON before the summer. Hey! Unprecedented!

Schwalbe Me-262 on March 9, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Now that Barack Obama’s in the White House, he says that increased domestic production by opening up long-restricted areas would take too long to deliver enough supply to matter.

Isn’t it one of the president’s duties to do long term planning?

rbj on March 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Obama from April, 2011:

“You should know that keeping the economy growing and making sure jobs are available is the first thing I think about when I wake up every morning. It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night.”

I think what the Marxist is trying to say is this on gas prices:

“You should know that keeping the gas prices high and making sure the consumption is low so we can keep the environment clean is the first thing I think about when I wake up every morning. It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night.”

Sticky Wicket on March 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

The Republicans drove the car into the ditch and the poor guy is still digging to get it out.

Sticky Wicket on March 9, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Obama: Don’t Worry, Gas Is Always “Spiken’ Up”

Don’t worry…be happy.

lynncgb on March 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Schwalbe Me-262 on March 9, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Nick of the Day™

I feel sorry for whoever gets stuck with Schnell Ju-88 :-)

Steve Eggleston on March 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The Republicans drove the car into the ditch and the poor guy is still digging to get it out.

Sticky Wicket on March 9, 2012 at 9:16 AM

As the thread points out, energy policy is a long-term thing. You can not assign the current situation on any single President or political party. Only a moron would point fingers and blame any single entity for circumstances that have many different factors.

That being said, the jug-eared idiot in the White House has done nothing for traditional energy sources at the same time he has squndered close to a billion on solar, wind, and batteries.

Happy Nomad on March 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Hey Wingnuts! He made the seas stop rising and he got you the Volt. What more do you want? You guys are just never satisfied.

Oldnuke on March 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Oldnuke on March 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Yeah, but do you know how far out it is at low tide? I’m not getting any younger, you know! :)

OldEnglish on March 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Bishop?

angrymike on March 9, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Congats! Again? Deja vu all over again?

Bmore on March 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

CA Congressional Office: ““The environment is much more important than jobs”. Congresswoman Karen Bass seems more interested in re-electing Obama and promoting “Critical Race Theory” that either job creation or environmental protection. Details, with video and graphic, at link.

Mutnodjmet on March 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Long term solutions? You mean like a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast refineries? The one you personally killed in the Senate yesterday?

What an effing hypocrite.

Happy Nomad on March 9, 2012 at 8:12 AM

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What ticks me off is that the Obamacare bill only had to have 50% +1 for a win.
Why the H#LL doesn’t the Pubs, “vault over the wall, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll drop in with a parachute”?
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that’s the difference, DETERMINATION. Pubs need to GET SOME.

askwhatif on March 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Chevy Volts for everyone!! Woot!

vcferlita on March 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Well, it’d be racist to call Obama stupid.

But, to call Obama a liar?

Sure. That he is. Nothing racist about it. Obama is an almost pathological liar. As is his Vice President. Or, worse, a liar by design…intentional. Now that is evil personified.

Actually believing anything that Obama says? What do we call that?

Stupid comes to mind.

Team Obama is depending on the growing ignorance, stupidity actually, of the American people to enable them to do stuff just a few short years ago there’d have been riots in the streets protesting.

Time is running short.

Let’s stop the stupid.

Then let’s stop the madness.

coldwarrior on March 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Ed. Please turn off the auto refresh. It’s playing havoc on smartphones, having to rescroll and or losing your text while typing up a comment. Just because there are stupid JavaScript tricks, doesn’t mean it has to be used. Thanks.

AH_C on March 9, 2012 at 8:24 AM

In other words:

Ed, just because Drudge does it does not mean that you should.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Four more years and we’ll be back to burning wood for energy.

Oh, wait! The EPA will get on you for that.

GarandFan on March 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Bmore
must be to early for him
Heh

angrymike on March 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Yeah, swapping your current vehicle for a Volt would really help ease the pain of high gas prices. Not!

Given:

Price of Volt after taxpayer subsidy – $35,000
only driving 35 miles each day (so you’re never using any of the gas in the Volt)
hiway – 10 miles, city – 25 miles
price of gas in my area ($3.65 this morning)
price of electricity in my area (supposedly $0.02233 per KWh)
12.9KWh to charge a Volt
$1,000 to install a charging system
Ford Taurus – 17/26 mpg, $27,755 MSRP

It will take you almost 3 1/2 years to start feeling relief from the pain of high gas prices. But, hey! It *is* a shorter time period than the ten years drilling would take! /eyeroll/

GWB on March 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

That statement from Jugears was so full of lies and misdirection that lightning should have fallen from the sky when he uttered it.

He has been personally responsible for shutting down drilling in the Gulf and offshore.

He has been personally responsible for shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline, something that would bring more oil into this country and keep our refineries running.

His EPA has been directly responsible for initiating the shutdown of Gigawatts of electrical generating capacity in the coming years — going the wrong way in energy production

He has the power to suspend the ridiculous cafe blend switchover that shuts down refineries for a period of time around this time of the year every year.

The US has way more than 2% of the world’s oil reserves when you count shale, ANWR, and offshore reserves and then factor in Natural Gas. That wasn’t erroneous, that was a flat, out and out lie. I’ll say it again, Barrack Hussein Obama told a bald-faced lie when saying that our reserves were insufficient to reduce our use of foreign oil.

AZfederalist on March 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

When George Bush tried to get a Democratic Congress to agree to open ANWR, Democrats said it would take years for such a policy to deliver enough supply to matter.

But when George [W.] Bush lifted the executive ban on new drilling in July 2008, crude oil prices dropped 60% within 6 months. That doesn’t mean that a large new supply of oil came online in 6 months, but it gave the PERCEPTION to the oil-futures traders that future supply would increase, which led them to sell contracts to buy oil at high prices, and gave oil exporters an incentive to sell at high prices THEN rather than at lower prices later. This increased short-run supply and brought prices down.

Oil-futures traders tend to exaggerate price trends that develop from imbalance in world supply and demand, in BOTH DIRECTIONS. If an American President tells the world that he deliberately wants to reduce oil supply (by stopping drilling in the Gulf and refusing to build the Keystone XL pipeline), oil-futures traders will bet on increasing prices in the future. If an American President tells the world that he wants to develop all possible supplies (as Bush did in 2008), oil-futures traders will bet on decreasing oil prices.

No American President can ever eliminate oil-futures traders, because they are located in many foreign countries outside U.S. jurisdiction. For a country which consumes more oil than it produces like the United States to deliberately cut its own production is downright stupid, and the traders will punish us. But a President who resolutely favors the development of domestic oil supply can harness the power of the oil-futures traders on OUR side.

Steve Z on March 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

“President Obama says he’s not to blame for gas prices,
but he got the blueberry pie all over his face.”–A. Sharpton

mrt721 on March 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

WTF did Stepnfetchit say???

I know one orifice I’d like to stick a spikin’…up.

Long haired country boy on March 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

That Mickey Mouse-eared freak will never accept responsibility for anything he’s done.

jqc1970 on March 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I can’t stand listening to that voice through a whole clip. Monitors are too expensive.

RebeccaH on March 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

77% as of yesterday said they’d vote based on gasoline prices, and the headaches have just begun.

Obama doesn’t feel your pain. He is a Liar.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Again, a new oil well can produce oil within 45 days, “spudding in” to completion. The 10 year wait for oil production is a lie.

dthorny on March 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Can we impeach this marxist bum yet? please?
thedevilinside on March 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Last week I finished reading ‘the obamas’ by Jody Kantor, recommended for the dirt behind the scenes. The reason he hasn’t been impeached is he made it clear if he was removed he would start a race war. Everyone was scared he would follow through on his threat. Maybe if more people know about this blackmail, something can be done about it.

momof5shortstuff on March 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM