From Birth Certificate to Gas Prices

We’ve seen the endless attempts to claim that President Obama does not have a real birth certificate and is not a U.S. citizen, blah, blah, blah. The birther conspiracy has been proven false over and over again, but that hasn’t stopped Republicans from trying to keep the nonsense alive.

Which leads us to the latest attempts to accuse Obama of something for which there is no evidence whatsoever to support. From The Washington Post:

“President Obama said he would prefer a gradual adjustment to near $4 a gallon gasoline. President Obama said that. [Pols emphasis] And, unfortunately, the president has put policies in place that have gotten us now to $4 a gallon, or almost, in gasoline prices. We’ve seen it. It was $1.83 when he started as president; it’s over $3.70 now. So the president’s got his wish, and people are furious about it.”

  – Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) during hearing of House energy committee, March 8, 2012

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is toeing the Republican Party line here, accusing the president of consciously trying to raise gas prices to wean Americans off carbon fuels. Earlier this month, we determined that Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels deserved three Pinocchios for making similar claims.

We mentioned in our previous column that we hadn’t found a single instance in which President Obama advocated higher gas prices.

Politics is a dirty game. We get that. But flat-out lying by accusing someone of saying something that never happened really crosses the line. There are plenty of attacks you could make on Obama, accurate or not, regarding gas prices and energy — you don’t have to make up quotes for him.

Frankly, we expect more from someone like Steve Scalise, who we all know has publicly said that he wants France to invade Kansas. Steve Scalise said that.

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  1. Ed Rollins says:

    How do you explain Obama’s energy secretary Steven Chu saying in 2008 he wanted gas prices to be at European levels, which were over $8/gallon at the time?

    Forget wanting $4/gallon, Obama’s ENERGY SECRETARY said he wanted $8/gallon.

    By the way Pols, you guys are getting pathetic. Comparing oil prices to birth certificates? Weak sauce.

    But keep defending Obama on gas prices…it’s really making a difference. Polls show 2/3 of Americans are pissed at Obama for gas prices. Keep up the good work!

    • Pew Potato says:

      Chu’s quote can be found here:

      “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.

      • Mr. Obama said Sunday that a heightened gas tax would be a “mistake”

        So much for that rhetoric.

        • Moderatus says:

          Obama doesn’t want higher energy prices, just his Energy Secretary. Do you seriously think that’s better?

          • this one included, like to have differing views represented by their cabinet secretaries.

            Since Obama is the one directing the White House’s actual energy policy in the end, yes, it is significantly different.

            (As an aside, Sec. Chu probably has a point – if this country with its oil-consuming way is to fully embrace a change to our energy consumption that will ultimately result in a positive change, gas prices will probably have to hit a point where it becomes truly painful to consumers.)

    • How about you explain where the good Representative came up with Obama’s supposed $4/gallon quote?

      Or perhaps you can explain why the oil and gas companies managed to lower the average price from more then $4/gallon in July 2008 under GW Bush to the quoted $1.83/gallon for election day that same year and has risen consistently since…  I suppose it could be, you know, the bottoming out of speculation during the recession, but that wouldn’t serve your purposes, would it?

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        about the weather . . . it’s just 2/3rds that are mad at Obama for not doing anything about it.   The other 1/3rd are Democrats who hate America and only want to see her fail at everything.

        (I heard it on FOX.)

        • MADCO says:

          January 2009, for the first time ever, more cars were sold in China than in the U.S

          And every month since.

          In the past 15 years more 1st time car owners in China than car owners in the US.

          Sure, oil prices are up.  Can supply on line to meet demand?  

    • Colorado Pols says:

      here are plenty of attacks you could make on Obama, accurate or not, regarding gas prices and energy — you don’t have to make up quotes for him.

      We’re not saying you can’t go after Obama for gas prices (even though Presidents can’t do anything about it). But you can’t just make up quotes for Obama.

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