Alternate headline: Oh, for the days of $3.50/gallon gas
While the President bemoans his potential Republican presidential opponents of making political hay of high gas prices at the pump, guess who totally wasn't making it a campaign issue back in 2008?
We're currently paying $4.27 a gallon here in San Diego and we are counting our blessings as meanwhile, up in L.A....
Wonder what his campaign commercials are going to look like come this summer when prices traditionally peak as America gets out on the road.
Here's Victor Davis Hanson on the sorry state of affairs:
As gas nears $5-a-gallon out west, the president, who has cancelled a key pipeline and frozen federal leases from Alaska to the East Coast, teaches us about American algae potential, in the way he used to emphasize the importance of tire pressure and “tune-ups.” He castigates the opposition for making political hay out of bad news, in the way he routinely did as a senator in compiling the most partisan voting record in the Senate. Energy Secretary Chu cannot and will not say a word about soaring gas prices, since he is on record not so long ago hoping that they might double — that is, get to $8- to 10-a-gallon as they are in Europe. The Energy Department can do almost everything Americans don’t want, but not the single thing they do want.
This is precisely what the President wanted so it's perplexing that he doen't own the situation. No matter... if prices stay at or go above the current levels, the voting public, come November, will remind him that he does indeed own it.