Video: New ad hits Obama on gas prices

posted at 9:16 am on April 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Why not hit President Obama where he’s most vulnerable?  American Crossroads will spend $1.7 million in media buys for its new ad, “Too Much,” which hits Barack Obama on the rapid rise in gas prices, and attacks his claim to have been responsible for increased oil production:

Politico calls this “the downpayment version” of the expected avalanche of attack ads from the conservative group:

In an ad entitled “Too Much,” focused on President Barack Obama and energy prices, the outside group Crossroads GPS is going on air for a week on broadcast and cable in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, with a total buy costing $1.7 million, per POLITICO’s James Hohmann.

“President Obama’s ‘hope and change’ has deteriorated into hype and blame — puffing up his record and blaming others for his policy failures,” said Crossroads GPS President Steven Law. “This ad sets the record straight and calls for real solutions to sky-high gas prices, not more political spin.”

The ad comes at a good time, as other news outlets have begun to look at today’s high gas prices from a historical perspective.  Lauren Fox at US News notes that Obama has now surpassed Jimmy Carter for the record on gas-price hikes:

Marking the similarities between President Barack Obama’s time in office and former president Jimmy Carter’s is nothing new. But as of Monday, Obama has hit one more Carter benchmark – both saw gas prices double in their first term of office.

In fact, while just barely, Obama has seen an even higher gas price increase than Carter dealt with under his administration.

Under the Carter administration, gas prices increased by 103.77 percent. Gas prices since Obama took office have risen by 103.79 percent. No other presidents in recent years have struggled as much with soaring oil prices. Under the Reagan administration, gas prices actually dropped 66 percent. When Bill Clinton was president, gas prices grew by roughly 30 percent, and under both Bush presidencies, gas prices rose by 20 percent.

In fairness, the large change comes in part as an artifact of the 2008 financial collapse. Prices had hit new highs in early 2008, which prompted the Drill Here, Drill Now political push that actually resulted in a brief loosening of federal restrictions on drilling before the Great Recession drove demand through the floor, and prices with it. That continued for several months into Obama’s term. However, instead of taking advantage of the brief respite by following through on regulatory relief, Obama instead doubled down, especially after the Gulf spill, which is why drilling has declined 14% on federally controlled turf, as noted in the ad, and of course also killed the Keystone XL project that would have delivered Canadian crude to American refineries. That has restricted domestic supply, with the entirely predictable result in prices.

Poll after poll shows Obama particularly vulnerable on gas prices and the economy. Expect outside groups to focus sharply in these areas, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see later efforts focus on how these issues impact Gas Pump Moms, which I’ll predict will be the Next Big Demographic in American politics.


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This ad just makes too much sense.

MidniteRambler on April 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Petroleum is black, PBHO is black…I sense racism here. These ads are thinly-veiled calls for a return to the Jim Crow era.

Bishop on April 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Drill here, drill now.

Frack here, frack there, drill fracking everywhere.

petefrt on April 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

There should be a whole ad campaign entitled STOP BLAMING OTHERS!

dmn1972 on April 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I guess I will have to get used to “identity” politics and the continued divisiveness of our society….

It just annoys me that we are all separated by both parties and pundits.

thanks Ed.

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Gas is TOO DAMN HIGH!

wildcat72 on April 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

When people are paying $5-$6 a gallon on their summer vacations (assuming they are fortunate enough to take one) they can console themselves that this is all Bush’s fault for not inventing windmill powered minivans.

CorporatePiggy on April 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

It’s obvious we don’t understand that gas has nothing to do with obama and his crony capitalists such as Judas buffet.

I’m sure the fact buffet opposed the Keystone pipeline had nothing to do with the fact his railroad has a virtual monopoly on getting petroleum products out of North Dakota and everything to do with his deep rooted concern for the enviroment in Nebraska.

Our rush to a cuban type of economy is only helped by $5+ gas.

acyl72 on April 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

It’s not just gas prices that have risen, it’s food as well. Thanks to the extra couple of trillion dollars out there due to the unstimulating “stimuli” the value of the dollar has fallen. Even last summer i could get coke on sale, 4 twelve packs for ten dollars. Now on sale it’s 3 twelve packs for ten dollars. Coca Cola inflation rate of 25%, in less than a year.

rbj on April 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

In fairness

No, No, No! Let’s NOT be fair. Hang gas prices and every other ugly bench-mark around Obama’s neck. But you want to be fair, because they are soooooooooooooo fair with us, RIGHT! Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Alabama Infidel on April 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The editors of Hot Gas couldn’t be reached for comment.

Durka-Durka on April 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Petroleum is black

Bishop on April 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

To bad crude is either a dark brown or the weirdest, darkest green you have ever seen.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Excellent, kick Obama in the fellas, sucker punch him while he grabs his crouch then take out the brass knuckles.

That’s how he and his Chicago thugs operate, you have to respond in kind to stay in the game.

NoDonkey on April 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Taking credit for other’s hard work… Typical Washington Obama.

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True but False… FI
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RalphyBoy on April 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

In fairness,

You are kidding sir- right? The somewhat compunctious tone which is obviously meant to be some type of perceived appeal to fairness is in the end- nothing of the sort.

The “drill now” strategy was a result of what most people (notably NOT President Obama) knew was the need to increase oil production/refinement in order to avoid disruptions in supply and price increases. Alluding somehow that gas prices were purely a function of the “economic collapse” is myopic and sophomoric.

Mr. Obama fully owns this gas price increase because he did absolutely zero to improve our energy policy. In fact, he and his administration did more to stifle oil production and discovery than any President in recent memory.

Taking up the Obama Administrations fallacious argument that nothing was preventable or even within remedy because of the 2008 fiscal situation, which we have heard, ad nauseum, is not Obama’s fault- is no excuse for the worsening situation in which our country currently finds itself. Period. It is “it’s Bush’s fault” 2.0.

It is the result of a President who is well beneath the job, lazy in his policies and all to anxious to push his personal, contra intellectual policies over sagacious, proven actions that would make our countries situation better for both us and future generations.

Marcus Traianus on April 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Can we all focus on what’s important here! That’s the war on flukeing women folks.

squirrel!

I love it when David Gregory and his stupid hair try to act non partisan.

DHChron on April 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Gas is TOO DAMN HIGH!

wildcat72 on April 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Going after a couple thousand millionaires got Obama looking like a fool with his pants on the ground.

Roy Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Nice to see an actual 30 second spot. Too bad it is hard hitting enough. Better sharpen up that stick folks. Weak.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

The Obama Regime policy is to make gas prices here as onerous as they are in Europe, which is about $10/gallon. That way it magically makes these currently over-priced/under-performing/what-do-I-do-with-old-batteries “eco-cars” instantly viable!

So…expect nothing but lies, spin, eco-BS and demonization of oil companies and the republican’s who support them from now till election day…but the truth is Obama wants high gas prices, much higher than they are now, to enslave you into the next crony capitalist boondoggle meant only to enrich the Left!

insidiator on April 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

$78.00 to fill up the mini-van yesterday…it’s a war on soccer moms!! And we won’t stand for it.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

This mom spent $70 to fill my Honda van yesterday. I keep a pad of post it notes in my car and after each fill up I leave a note saying “How’s that Hope and Change working for ya?” with an arrow point to the price. I saw a campaign for that last year when gas wasn’t even as high as it is now. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Nikkia2112 on April 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Taking credit for other’s hard work… Typical Washington Obama.

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True but False… FI
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Hang it on Obama at every opportunity!

GeorgieGirl9 on April 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

To bad crude is either a dark brown or the weirdest, darkest green you have ever seen.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

You mean that all these years Jed Clampett has been misleading us? Black gold…Texas Tea?

BuckeyeSam on April 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Maybe this is where we should send our donations instead of to Mitt. They seem interested in knocking the king off his throne. They need to spend some money in Montana to help Rehberg beat Tester. This could help get us control of the senate.

Kissmygrits on April 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

So…expect nothing but lies, spin, eco-BS and demonization of oil companies and the republican’s who support them from now till election day…

insidiator on April 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

explain how republicans have anything to do with the price of fuel, when oil is sold on a global market and has nothing to do with oil companies who are drilling the oil?

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Good start.

Time to expose Obama’s record and bring him back down to 40-42% approval.

milcus on April 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

It was very American Crossroads, I think this is going to be restore “w”‘s reputation tour, disguised as attack ads against Obama.

boogaleesnots on April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I have a dualie pickup with two tanks, I could tell you what it costs to fill but you would die. And I don’t want you to die.

Bishop on April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

In fairness

In fairness, let’s imagine what ads the Democrats would be running against President McCain, if gas were $4.00 a gallon.

In fairness, let’s imagine who the media would be 24X7 blaming right now, if we had a President McCain and gas were $4.00 a gallon.

The guy who “fights fair” in a back ally Chicago rumble, ends up with a knife in his back and as a loser.

NoDonkey on April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

It’s not just gas prices that have risen, it’s food as well. Thanks to the extra couple of trillion dollars out there due to the unstimulating “stimuli” the value of the dollar has fallen. Even last summer i could get coke on sale, 4 twelve packs for ten dollars. Now on sale it’s 3 twelve packs for ten dollars. Coca Cola inflation rate of 25%, in less than a year.

rbj on April 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Do you have a CostCo anywhere near you? They’ve been a Godsend in this crappy inflationary economy.

Doughboy on April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

You mean that all these years Jed Clampett has been misleading us? Black gold…Texas Tea?

BuckeyeSam on April 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Here’s a little story about a man named Jed….

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Forgot to add…that’s a great ad. Actually very surprised to see David Gregory bringing it.

Nikkia2112 on April 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I love it when David Gregory and his stupid hair try to act non partisan.

DHChron on April 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

David Gregory: “There’s uneasiness at the gas pumps this week but…wait a second, a white Latino tea party KKK member shot, dismembered, and ate an innocent black child in Florida! We go now to Rev. Al Sharpton, Imam Louis Farrakhan, and Sheikh Denzel Washington for their take on this outrageous stunt implicating Sarah Palin and outside forces.

CorporatePiggy on April 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I have a dualie pickup with two tanks, I could tell you what it costs to fill but you would die. And I don’t want you to die.

Bishop on April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

20, 40 or 60 gallons Bishop? I filled up the red beast (diesel) and it was quite high. Like over 150 high.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

OK, just in case you didn’t see this:
I am tired of all the e-mails stating that the President hasn’t accomplished anything.
So, in rebuttal, I offer this impressive list of accomplishments!
• First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
• First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
• First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States
• First President to violate the War Powers Act.
• First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
• First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
• First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
• First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as a, ‘shovel-ready’ job.
• First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
• First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat. …
• First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S.—including those with criminal convictions.
• First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
• First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
• First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
• First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional, and refuse to enforce it.
• First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.
• First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
• First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
• First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
• First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
• First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office. …
• First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office (90 to date).
• First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.
• First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
• First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours.’
• First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date-nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for friends—paid for by the taxpayer.
• First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
• First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
• First President to quote, verbally, the Holy Qur’an, and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is “the most beautiful sound on earth.”
• First President to take a 17-day vacation.
. First President to forgive private mortgages and
make taxpayers pay for them.
Impressed?

Bambi on April 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Petroleum is black

Bishop on April 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

To bad crude is either a dark brown or the weirdest, darkest green you have ever seen.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Orange tint, don’t leave out the orange tint.

And smells worse than stink bait.

And hard to get off your hands…and hair…and everything.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

So…expect nothing but lies, spin, eco-BS and demonization of oil companies and the republican’s who support them from now till election day…

insidiator on April 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

explain how republicans have anything to do with the price of fuel, when oil is sold on a global market and has nothing to do with oil companies who are drilling the oil?

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

nevermind, I totally misread you. Not even 6 yet.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I would like to see video ad of how many jobs are created to get 1 barrel of oil.Not just the jobs it takes to build and support a rig but jobs created from oil.It would be a long video but worth it.

docflash on April 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Orange tint, don’t leave out the orange tint.

And smells worse than stink bait.

And hard to get off your hands…and hair…and everything.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

only seen orange tint once. Thought it was a fluke.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

As ads go, it’s sloppy. People are just as likely to hear and remember Obama’s claim of raising oil production as they are to hear the ‘correct’ information later in the ad. Keep it simple, stupid.

doufree on April 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

‘hope and change’ has deteriorated into hype and blame

LOL. Well played, sir.

AZCoyote on April 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I like the idea of the ad, but the woman’s voice is rather grating to me.

/war on women!!

SouthernGent on April 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

That makes us even. I only saw the greenish stuff once. Thought some of those tiny snails that is supposed to be the raw material for oil were still alive.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Inflation and rising energy costs will absolutely rob working families of disposable income. It is so infuriating.

tom daschle concerned on April 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The Husband is staying home from formerly-known-as-Spawn’s graduation next month because we can afford gas for the trip OR boarding our cats. We can’t afford both. I’m talking the bus up and then driving back to TX with my son.
Thanks Zero!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

“Gas” prices in Europe are not higher than here. The difference in price are the taxes. Having been in the petroleum business for over 20yrs I can tell you that a 2 cent per gallon split from the competition will cut your volume in half. $5 per gallon will change votes if the public figures out who is to blame.

BullShooterAsInElk on April 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I have a dualie pickup with two tanks, I could tell you what it costs to fill but you would die. And I don’t want you to die.

Bishop on April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

thank you Bishop! I don’t want me to die either.

DHChron on April 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

We just hit the road a week ago as full time RV’ers seeing the country for a year…in a diesel pickup…pulling a 5th wheel..OUCH…working on my “Send Money” signs now…and trying to find Peggy Joseph’s phone number…

hillsoftx on April 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

oh…and Algae

DHChron on April 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Why not smack him with food prices and dollar devaluation?

jhffmn on April 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Every visit I make to the gas pump I leave a Post-It note that says “Thanks Obama”

Wander on April 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

CorporatePiggy on April 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

this Breaking News! bulletin brought to you by David Gregory’s hair

DHChron on April 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

In fairness,

posted at 9:16 am on April 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

No, No, No! Let’s NOT be fair.

Alabama Infidel on April 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

You are kidding sir- right?

Marcus Traianus on April 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

The guy who “fights fair” in a back ally Chicago rumble, ends up with a knife in his back and as a loser.

NoDonkey on April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Don’t worry fellas, Obumble is going to be hit, and he’s going to be hit hard.

But what’s the first rule of the Fight Club?

NapaConservative on April 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

always talk about fight club?

dang it! I’m a bad tester

DHChron on April 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM

This ad (and others to come) are a great antidote to the stupid, embarrassing demagoguery about women, race, and religion. The more specific the better to fend off the airy, diffuse deflections:

“Republicans hate women” vs. “Gas is over $5 due to Obama.”
“Republicans want to take away your health care” vs. “88 million people no longer in the work force during Obama’s term.”

The Lefty Loser trolls have their work cut out for them trying to deflect from the worst presidency in American history (I’m including future presidents).

EMD on April 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

only seen orange tint once. Thought it was a fluke.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Crude oil comes in many colors depending on what the impurities in it are, Black/brown, Yellow, Gold, Orange, Red and Green.

SWalker on April 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

only seen orange tint once. Thought it was a fluke.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

everyone knows a fluke is a 30 year old who can’t afford 9 dollar/mo. contraception.

DHChron on April 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

everyone knows a fluke is a 30 year old who can’t afford 9 dollar/mo. contraception.

DHChron on April 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Snicker snicker snicker…

SWalker on April 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

“Poll after poll shows Obama particularly vulnerable on gas prices and the economy.” – Ed

February 4, 2009 – Just months after Obama’s Energy Secretary said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” the Regime begins “scrapping leases for oil-shale development” and cancels 77 leases for oil and gas production in Utah.
Gas is $1.91 a gallon.

March 7, 2009 – ABC News says the White House is “closely
monitoring” the expedited Solyndra loan project even as it was delaying new American energy production that would help make us less dependent on foreign energy.
Gas is $1.94 a gallon.

And on and on and on … too numerous to list here.
The chronicles of malfeasance, misfeasance, corruption (Keystone, Solyndra, etc), and the anti-American Spirit is yesterday’s science fiction. After all:
President ØbeyMe hath spoken!

Makes one want to … take your pick – vomit?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

It’s not so much Obama is to blame – that charge just leads to more fantasy from the left; “It’s Bush’s FAULT!”

The fact is Obama has done nothing to alleviate the high gas prices and has said repeatedly he wants to see prices rise further!

rpupton on April 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Crude oil comes in many colors depending on what the impurities in it are, Black/brown, Yellow, Gold, Orange, Red and Green.

SWalker on April 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Can I not give Bishop some razzing? :)

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Bishop seems to have acquired some minions among the latest crop…or sock puppets. Its hard to tell.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

This is so exciting! The Obama administration’s plan is in effect. We will be driving less with smaller cars and loving it!

shick on April 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Obama has now surpassed Jimmy Carter for the record on gas-price hikes

ObaMao: “Yeah baby! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!” #winning!

cicerone on April 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Bishop seems to have acquired some minions among the latest crop…or sock puppets. Its hard to tell.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I hadn’t noticed, but I haven’t been around to care. I like giving Bish crap… it is how we roll.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

They missed a chance to work in his “Of necessity, energy prices need to go higher” quote. I don’t think that one or Secy Chu’s “I don’t have a car” quote can be played enough.

EconomicNeocon on April 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

And one noob has been living in fear that your absence was due to you hunting him down for a perceived slight he may have caused.

I have no idea where he got that.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I have no idea where he got that.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

ahhh okay. I don’t hunt liberals or noobs. Too gamey.

upinak on April 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM

It is about time some Repub group gets it going. Democraps would have had an ad with this topic long ago. And Politico, with our tax dollars cannot take what they puke out. Just like their benefactor.

democratsarefools on April 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Time do get down and dirty.They bring a knife we bring a sidewinder missle. That’s how you defeat Obama.

jeffinsjvca on April 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Time to blow the dust off the ever popular, “Are you better off now than you were when he took office?” line

Deano1952 on April 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

$78.00 to fill up the mini-van yesterday…it’s a war on soccer moms!! And we won’t stand for it.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

This mom spent $70 to fill my Honda van yesterday. I keep a pad of post it notes in my car and after each fill up I leave a note saying “How’s that Hope and Change working for ya?” with an arrow point to the price. I saw a campaign for that last year when gas wasn’t even as high as it is now. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Nikkia2112 on April 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

How about the $23,000 in additional debt that is now on the head of every Grandma, Mom, daughter in America since Obama took office. Talk about a war on women!

buckeyerich on April 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM

And on the heels of that, Price of gas going up again this summer

ConservativePartyNow on April 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

We need pictures of JugEars at every gas station! I know whenever I pump gas there is another place where I would like to stick that nozel, besides in the vehicle tank!

KOOLAID2 on April 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Under the Carter administration, gas prices increased by 103.77 percent. Gas prices since Obama took office have risen by 103.79 percent. No other presidents in recent years have struggled as much with soaring oil prices. Under the Reagan administration, gas prices actually dropped 66 percent. When Bill Clinton was president, gas prices grew by roughly 30 percent, and under both Bush presidencies, gas prices rose by 20 percent.

This comparison is even worse for Obama and Carter considering their time in office. Clinton and Bush 43 were each in office for 8 years, resulting in an average rise of about 3.8% per year under Clinton and 2.5% per year under Bush 43.

Carter was in office for 4 years, resulting in an average rise of about 26% per year, and Obama has been in office for about 3.25 years, resulting in an average rise of 32% per year.

How about this punch line: Under President Obama, gasoline prices have risen 12 times faster than under former President George W. Bush, and 8 times faster than under former President Bill Clinton!

Steve Z on April 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

So when is Romney coming out with an ad clearly saying that he will open up the coasts and ANWR for oil drilling, OK the Keystone XL pipeline, open lands for shale oil development, and permits for natural-gas fracking? Do that for a year, and gasoline could be down below $2.50 a gallon by the end of 2013. Somebody needs to say it!!!

Steve Z on April 11, 2012 at 1:09 PM