A useful contrast with the last Democratic president, needless to say. Obama and Clinton may both be policy wonks, but somehow I can’t quite picture this bon mot coming from Billy Jeff.

This is actually one of The One’s longstanding pet memes, to the point where Jon Stewart included an extended bit on his “weatherization” preoccupation in last week’s goof on unemployment. Out of curiosity, I fired up WaPo’s new searchable database of Obama’s presidential speeches to see if he’d ever waxed sexy-like about energy costs before. Bingo:

So today we’re announcing additional actions to promote energy efficiency across America, actions that will create jobs in the short run and save money and reduce dangerous emissions in the long run.

The first step we’re taking sets new efficiency standards on fluorescent and incandescent lighting. Now, I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and our businesses.

So there you go. At long last, an answer to the question of what turns Vulcans on.

Oh, and before you ask, total uses of the phrase “let me be clear” thus far this year: 85.