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Flashback: Obama lamented falling gas prices in December 2008

posted at 7:50 pm on March 18, 2012 by

With the economy in a tailspin in December 2008, you’d think then President-elect Obama would have celebrated anything reducing the financial burden on working Americans. Au contraire. With his stated goal to fundamentally transform the American economy, the needs of the many not suprisingly took a backseat to what was really important to the One. From the mouth of Time’s 2008 Person of the Year:

The drop in oil prices, I do think, makes the conversation about energy more difficult, not less necessary. More than ever, I think, a wholesale investment in transforming our economy — from retrofitting buildings so that they’re energy-efficient to changing our transportation patterns and thinking about how to rebuild our electricity grid — those are all things that we’re going to need now more than ever. But with people not paying $4 a gallon for gas, it means it drops on their priority list. And that makes the politics of it tougher than it might have been six months ago.

It may have taken 3 years, but the President no longer has to worry about people paying less than $4 a gallon for gas – and, wow, just in time for his re-election campaign too. He must be absolutely ecstatic. Not only will this make the conversation about energy easier, he now gets to tout the $100+ billion dollars he’s already spent on creating the energy economy of the future. The solar panels, the light bulbs, not to mention the role his Administration played in bringing the hottest electric car to market. Somehow he pulled all this off, in spite of the political challenges.

If the President is really lucky, we might just be paying $5 a gallon for gas by the summer. Politics will never get any easier than that. His supporters can only cross their fingers and hope they will be so fortunate.

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He is goint to try and fool people by visiting an oil field in OK.

Wigglesworth on March 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Convincing the general public, (voters), that this really is Obama’s demented agenda will be a task. Even when people look at his words, many find it impossible to believe he would put these utopian principles ahead of the general welfare of the people. Hopefully, this disastrous social experiment will be over in November.

Rovin on March 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

where’s the lament?

Sounds like a rational appraisal of the landscape.

freshface on March 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM

what an idiot

cmsinaz on March 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Why isn’t this guy 75%-25% behind in the polls?

rbj on March 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

@freshface It certainly was “a rational appraising of the landscape,” which was this: “Oh crap; how can I push green energy dollars to my bundlers and cronies when the price of gasoline is falling?”

Eventually Obama didn’t mind continuing to push The Agenda. Notice how much Obama’s comments above match Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s statement just before taking office that he wanted gasoline prices in the U.S. at European ($8 a gallon) levels.

It’s amusing to me that they didn’t see the political backlash rising gas prices would bring. So now comes Obama’s theater of the absurd — “We’re drilling more than ever!” (Except that drilling is coming on private land despite Obama’s production-reducing policies.) “Those Republicans are so silly, thinking more supply is a solution to high gas prices.” (Now let me release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and push Saudi Arabia to produce more.) “Wind, solar, algae!” (Er, what do our vehicles and our economy run on now? Obviously really concerned about that economic recovery, eh?)

Obama repeatedly shows a worldview of somebody steeped in academia and loopy left political activism, not the “real world.” Which, whaddayaknow, is exactly what he is.

FishingwFredo on March 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

A lot of folks where I live heat with natural gas, so they haven’t yet noticed the steep rise in the cost of electricity lately. Wait until they start running their air conditioners this summer.

The Obama administration has succeeded in raising the cost of gasoline (and everything delivered by trucks) and electricity, just like he advocated before the 2008 election. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.

Elric on March 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

How do you produce algae? Phosphates, baby.

Unfortunately, the EPA banned phosphates. So sorry, algae-ists.

BobMbx on March 19, 2012 at 3:40 PM