Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Obama: So Transparent You Can See Right Through Him

Victor Davis Hanson writes in The Corner:

...[The history of Obama calling for higher gas prices] has been so widely reported that one can even hear it at the gas pump — where those filling up mumble that Obama wanted these high gas prices.

In response to that political problem, the Obama team has not yet explained why they no longer believe the above. Secretary Chu merely concedes that he’s changed his mind, but that was an embarrassingly political concession. In other words, the public believes that Obama and his associates privately still think that high gas prices help the environment, cool the planet, make preferred subsidized green energy viable, and curb the gas-guzzling culture of the American middle class, but with a wink and a nod simply cannot say that any longer since they are now in a reelection cycle. And because Obama does not now either defend or refute his embarrassing remarks about the price of power needing to “skyrocket,” or similar views of his subordinates, voters believe that he will probably go back to his earlier positions if reelected or out of office.

Oh, but Obama did explain, although perhaps unwittingly so since he was not using a teleprompter at the time. The explanation was quite direct as to why Obama wants gas prices to go down. And voters can be reassured that it is all about the election.

Via Real Clear Politics on March 6:

Ed Henry, FOX News: Your critics will say on Capitol Hill that you want gas prices to go higher because you have said before that will wean the American people off fossil fuels onto renewable fuels. How do you respond to that?

President Obama: Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think the President of the United States going into re-election wants gas prices to go up higher? Is that -- is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?

Of course not, Mr. President. Everyone knew that it's just political and only about the election. I'm just not sure many people thought you'd come right out and say it, though.

Obama 2012
The Most Transparent Administration In History
(Mostly Because We're Just That Bad At Hiding Our Intentions)

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