With average gas prices moving inexorably toward $4 a gallon around the country and a new poll out showing overwhelming support for the Keystone XL pipeline – the WHOLE pipeline - Obama knows his energy policies of restricting drilling on federal lands, shoveling billions of dollars into risky “alternative energy” ventures owned by big Obama campaign donors, and pretending we're just around the corner from running our cars on algae is a likely killer at the ballot box this fall.
Unfortunately, he can't fall back on his usual tactic when faced with slumping poll numbers and failed policies – blaming his predecessor. Because gasoline cost $1.83 a gallon when George W. Bush left the Oval Office.
So he resorts to taking credit for things he had nothing to do with – like the increase in domestic oil production over the last few years.
In various energy-related speeches recently, Obama has said things like this: ““Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.”
True, but misleading.
It would have happened had John McCain won the 2008 election. Or Hillary Clinton. Or Mike Huckabee. Or you.