Gas Prices Prove To Be A Political Minefield For Obama

With his poll numbers falling, President Obama called politicians carping about higher gas prices “a bad rerun.” Which would be fine, had he not done the same in 2008.

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U.S. President Barack Obama talks to a crowd about American energy at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, March 15, 2012.

President Barack Obama yesterday at a speech at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland:

And every time prices start to go up — especially in an election year — politicians dust off their 3-point plans for $2.00 gas. I guess this year they decided, we’re going to make it $2.50. I don’t know where — why not $2.40? Why not $2.10? But they tell the same story. They head down to the gas station; they make sure a few cameras are following them — and then they start acting like we’ve got a magic wand and we will give you cheap gas forever if you just elect us. Every time. Been the same script for 30 years. It’s like a bad rerun.

3. Obama In 2008 in Indianapolis:

“As president, I will work to solve this energy crisis once and for all.”

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