With Gas Prices Expected To Drop Below $3, Republicans Suddenly Silent On Obama's Role

ProudProgressive 2012/06/26 11:30:29
With Gas Prices Expected To Drop Below $3, Republicans Suddenly Silent On Obama's Role
By Rebecca Leber
Jun 25, 2012

Experts predict average gas prices may fall below $3 this fall after dropping 14 cents in two weeks. When prices hit a record high, Republicans attributed sole responsibility to President Obama, even though there is no evidence that factors like drilling impact what consumers pay.

Just two months ago, Republicans said Obama shouldered the blame for rising gas costs, and that only he had the "key" to lower gas prices:

Mitt Romney, March 18, 2012: "He gets full credit or blame for what's happened in this economy, and what's happened to gasoline prices under his watch, and what's happened to our schools, and what's happened to our military forces. All these things are his responsibility while he's president."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), April 6, 2012: "The president holds the key to addressing the pain Ohioans are feeling at the gas pump and moving our nation away from its reliance on foreign energy. My question for the president is: what are you waiting for?"

Boehner, April 6, 2012: "The president's own policies to date have made matters worse and driven up gas prices."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Feb. 28 2012: "This President will go to any length to drive up gas prices and pave the way for his ideological agenda."

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), March 13, 2012: Obama is "fully responsible for what the American public is paying for gasoline."

Are Republicans now reversing their rhetoric and giving Obama credit for falling gas prices? Of course not.

Former Virginia Sen. George Allen, who is running to reclaim his old seat, is another lawmaker who has misled on the gas prices. Last month, ThinkProgress reported that Allen is pushing a graphic that not only compares gas prices to an artificially low amount, but lists a "current" price from April, even though Virginia gas prices are now more than 40 cents lower per gallon.

Obama's policies haven't changed since April: the Keystone XL pipeline has not been built, drilling hasn't drastically changed, and the same regulations are in place. Yet gas prices have fallen. Economics says he isn't responsible, either way.

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  • Fred 2012/06/26 12:06:16
    There is so much other things he is screwing up .... should have never gone above $2

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  • wildcat 2012/06/28 02:20:11
    Amazing isn't it
  • lm1b2 2012/06/26 19:39:29 (edited)
    I don't know why they would be quite,the reason gas prices are going down is because the economy is so bad,nobody is going anywhere,they can't afford it! Obama has done nothing for the economy but give work permits to illega aliens!
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2012/06/26 19:37:34
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    If gas prices drop, they will say Obama is conspiring to manipulate gas prices to win the election. It doesn't matter what the gas prices are, they will still be used to prove that Obama is evil by the right wing nut jobs.
  • CODE 11 2012/06/26 19:01:12
    CODE 11
    The president has no control over gas prices..he said that a few weeks ago.
  • D D CODE 11 2012/06/27 11:20:57
    D D
    And he is known for telling the truth.
  • rubixx cube 2012/06/26 17:32:23
    rubixx cube
    most republicans just want something to complain about. if youre really so concerned about gas prices then why dont you stop running your mouth and trade in that gass-guzzling SUV and get a hybrid!?
  • CODE 11 rubixx ... 2012/06/26 19:02:22
    CODE 11
    Because it woulkd take 13 years to break even on the pruchase
  • Warren ... rubixx ... 2012/06/26 19:38:44
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    That would mean taking personal responsibility for their poor economic choices. They would rather whine and complain about Obama.
  • Old Timer 2012/06/26 16:50:39
    Old Timer
    He certainly hasn't done anthing to help the situation. We could be seeing $1.00 gas again if he hadn't been doing all his blocking.
  • Bilingual required sucks 2012/06/26 15:58:55
    Bilingual required sucks
    Pffft if gas prices dropped to 50 cents a gallon, there would still be dumb redneck Republicans that would vote for Robmey.
  • Lady Wh... Bilingu... 2012/06/26 16:27:06
    Lady Whitewolf
  • CODE 11 Bilingu... 2012/06/26 19:03:30
    CODE 11
    Why not the President doesn't have any control over gas prices..Obama said that a few weeks ago.
  • Bilingu... CODE 11 2012/06/26 19:27:21
    Bilingual required sucks
    We know that....but Republicans still blame him when it's high, and when it's low, his responsibilty suddenly evaporates.
  • President Camacho 2012/06/26 15:42:13
    President Camacho
    Gas prices are now dropping due to drop in worldwide demand...because the world economy is rubbish. Obama energy policy is still a failure-forcing people to buy toxic Chinese light bulbs won't save the planet.
  • BlueRepublican 2012/06/26 15:26:13
    Thanks for posting PP.
    It's supply and demand.
    President has no control over market forces and demand from overseas.
    I just wish he would've temporarily lowered the gas taxes and tapped the reserves in order to keep prices low during the recession.
  • voice_matters 2012/06/26 15:17:11
    it is what you libs do. blame the president for for higher gas prices but can never show how he increased the cost. now you want us to believe that he can lower the cost of gas, but offer nothing he has done to lower anything
  • unclepat 2012/06/26 14:47:06
    Well now that teabagger central doesn't have gas prices to fall back on, maybe they can convene another idiotic commitee or something to blame Obama for the sinking of the Titanic!
  • Preside... unclepat 2012/06/26 15:43:37
    President Camacho
    Too late-obama claims Bush and global warming sunk titanic.
  • Warren ... Preside... 2012/06/26 19:39:51 (edited)
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    You read a lot of World Net Daily, huh? LOL! You can always tell who does by the fact that your comments are completely untethered from reality.
  • Preside... Warren ... 2012/06/26 20:48:45
    President Camacho
    I don't know world net. I read a lot of books.
  • Warren ... Preside... 2012/06/26 20:55:14
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    Did you read about Obama blaming Bush and global warming for the Titanic in a book?
  • Preside... Warren ... 2012/06/26 23:02:52
    President Camacho
    Yes...Saul alinski's rules for radicals
  • Warren ... Preside... 2012/06/27 16:19:20
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    lol! of course, why not?
  • unclepat Preside... 2012/06/26 19:57:48
    You mean it wasn't true??
  • dawn 2012/06/26 14:29:06
    None of this even matters--what matters is that Obama & those behind him have thourghly proven that they are beyond corrupt, lie/cheat/deceive & will stop at nothing to destroy America. Everything is being manipulated to make Obama appear as the savior on the white horse. What matters is all the huge pile of evidence that points to Obama as being a traitor to the human race.
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/06/26 14:16:32
  • dawn whitewu... 2012/06/26 14:37:15
    whitewulf--Yep, one huge ploy. After November IF Obama "wins", then we'll see his own words come to life "energy prices will SKYROCKET".
  • Bilingu... whitewu... 2012/06/26 16:05:44
    Bilingual required sucks
    Yeah riiiiiiight, if gas was $5 a gallon by November you would blame Obama for it and you damn well know it. You're a goddamn LIAR if you say you wouldn't.
  • whitewu... Bilingu... 2012/06/26 16:53:41
  • Bilingu... whitewu... 2012/06/26 18:46:15 (edited)
    Bilingual required sucks
    Forget about the name calling, I haven't called you anything. Would you blame Obama if gas was $5 a gallon or not?
  • Semper Fi 2012/06/26 13:47:24
  • john Kills 2012/06/26 13:06:25
    john Kills
    It's an election year. No surprise fuel prices are going down.
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/26 12:56:30
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    When prices were dropping during Bush's term, yopu liberals were all aflutter about how crooked and in-bed Bush was with big oil. Now that prices are falling under Obama, you sing a different tune. Interesting....not surprising but.....interesting.
  • Brad # 2486547 2012/06/26 12:25:43
    Brad # 2486547
    Gas prices are dropping because the economy is slowing. That won't be good for Obama.

    I will believe it when I see it. Gas prices should really be at about 2.75 a gallon. With the price of a barrel of oil at 78.00 dollars, the price of gas should be lower. If predictions come true of the price per barrel below 70.00 dollars, the price at the pump should be 2.25 to 2.50.
  • Fred 2012/06/26 12:06:16
    There is so much other things he is screwing up .... should have never gone above $2
  • twocrows Fred 2012/06/26 23:57:50
    do you hold Bush to the same standard you hold Obama to, by chance? gas prices hit record lows in late 2008 because the economy had just tanked.
  • Fred twocrows 2012/06/27 11:28:25
    If I remember correctly ... didnt the prices strart to drop after Bush got rid of the dems offshore drilling bans
  • Pet Rock Whisperer 2012/06/26 12:05:42
    Pet Rock Whisperer
    Obama was responsible for this tragedy too!
  • Brad # ... Pet Roc... 2012/06/26 12:26:41
    Brad # 2486547
    No Bush was, wasn't he?..that's what all the Obama supporters claim.
  • twocrows Brad # ... 2012/06/26 23:50:46
    link please?
    one thing the people who support Obama never, ever claimed was that Bush invented a time machine, traveled back to the time before his birth and planted an article in a newspaper in his "ostensible" home town. that has been cooked up entirely by the Obama-bashers.

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