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McDonough Nabbed by Wallace Trying to Steal Credit for Oil Boom

One of the more shameless lies repeatedly repeated by this administration is the suggestion that it is somehow responsible for the growth in U.S. oil production and lower gasoline prices. Of course, the increased production is on private land. The Obama administration has actually curtailed production on federal land and won’t even build the Keystone pipeline.

But it’s one of the few bright spots on the blighted economic landscape of the Obama administration, so credit is being taken where credit is not due.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was called out Sunday by Fox News host Chris Wallace, and he just relentlessly stuck to the script, no matter the truth.

Video || Obama Mocked Drilling, Now Claims Credit

This video provides a great look at the contrast between candidate Obama, who mocked Republicans for chanting “Drill baby, drill,” and Obama Oil Opinion Version 2.0, in which he claims credit for the very $2 gas he said we wouldn’t achieve.

“You know, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices,” Obama said in 2012, less than two years before we did just that.

“Oil production on federal lands fell six percent since 2009, whereas production on private lands increased 61 percent, gains that happened not because of President Obama, but in spite of him,” said Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse.

I’ll be back soon. I’m going to the gas station to fill up. I don’t care that I’ve still got half a tank, I just enjoy it too much.

Obama: “Gas Prices Aren’t Gonna be Low Forever”

Talk about a party pooper.

Scold-in-Chief Barack Obama today in Phoenix warned everyone that gas prices will inevitably rise, and don’t start going out and buying “gas guzzlers,” which of course must be disappointing to the thousands of American workers involved in building gas guzzlers, but whatever.

Low gas prices of course are a threat to Obama’s green agenda and his plans to get us all in electric vehicles and low-weight cars that wrap easily around telephone polls and kill lots of people for the sake of theoretical global warming which fuel-efficient cars wouldn’t make a dent in anyway I’m just saying.

Obama Oil Gimmick Has Shocking Effect on Prices!

They went up.

President Obama’s announcement Tuesday that he wants to go after people who may be affecting oil prices by gaming the markets for personal gain was completely ignored Tuesday by the markets themselves, which promptly bid the price of oil up another dollar.

In fact, the price shot up upon opening at 9 am, just after Obama’s initiative was announced by the White House. By late afternoon Eastern Time, Oil had gained $1.26, or 1.2 percent, to $104.19 a barrel, according to Bloomberg, settling at its highest level in two weeks.

Obama’s announcement was clearly designed to suggest that he’s on the case with respect to gasoline price hikes. But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Tuesday could not even say that the effort would directly affect prices.

There are so many things that go into setting the price of oil on a global — on the markets when you have a commodity like oil, which is traded globally.  So it is hard to know what the impact will be of the specific measures you take.  And of course, in this case . . . we obviously have to see what kind of actions is taken specifically with regard to potential manipulation or potential speculation.  So it would be pure speculation.

So, who knows? At least Carney was honest. And then he went into political attack mode . . .

I think the question that has to be asked of members of Congress is, why are you against putting more cops on the beat?  Why are you opposed to ensuring that the agencies involved here that regulate this market have the tools they need and the manpower they need to make sure that American consumers are not getting ripped off?

Because the only numbers the White House is truly hoping this will move are the president’s poll numbers.

Chu: Give Me an “A” on Gasoline Prices

Energy Secretary Steven Chu thinks he deserves and A or and A+ for his handling of gas prices, because he’s been working on solar energy, and so forth.

I assume this is the kind of stuff that could be heard in the court of King Louis XVI just before the Jacobins got to work. “We give ourselves an A+ on getting the peasants bread because of our advances in the technology to produce cake.”

It takes some serious ego to claim your biggest failure as your biggest success. This is not just an exercise in self-delusion, but an insult to Americans forced to part with increasing proportions of the wealth just to drive around.

I was going to write “just to get to work,” but so many aren’t going to work. Although I’m sure Obama’s economic team privately awarded itself an A+ too.

After all, Obama himself got the Nobel Prize for waking up each morning.

H/T to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air and one of our readers, Rick Walker.

Carney: Obama Doesn’t Care About Blame for Gas Prices

Washington is a very different world from the real world.

I realize that, um, many of you have already noticed this, and expressed your view of Washington’s character in far more colorful terms.

One of the unreal aspects of the city, which this blog is designed to rebut, is the willingness of the members of Washington’s political class to pretend that self-evidently untrue things are true, or vice versa.

There is a collegial sense that develops in town between people who are supposed to be natural antagonists but who, operating in the same environment, become collaborators in a kind of mutual deference and that leads to an acceptance of falsehood.

It is thus that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s claim today that President Obama doesn’t care if he gets blamed for the rise in gasoline prices was met without a single challenge by either his questioner or any of those he subsequently called on.

It is part of the unwritten rule in the briefing room that the press secretary is allowed to say things that are patently absurd, and reporters who are supposed to be the watchdogs of truth and democracy obediently go along.

Here’s the exchange:

Question: In this election year the President is not concerned that he’s getting the blame for the $4.00-plus per gallon?

Carney:  If you want to — I mean, election questions and campaign questions you should direct to the campaign.

Question: Okay, let’s take out “election.”  Is he concerned — is he not concerned that he’s getting the blame from the public or from —

Carney:  The President is not concerned about who gets the blame.  The President is concerned about making sure we have the right policies to deal with this challenge for the long term.

I assure you, there was not a single person in the briefing room, including Carney, who believes the president is not concerned about whether he is being blamed for high gas prices. Obama, in fact, has scheduled a trip this week to an oil field in New Mexico and a portion of the Keystone pipeline in Oklahoma EXACTLY BECAUSE he is concerned that he is being blamed for the price at the pump.

Carney is guilty of nothing unusual. Press secretaries pull this kind of thing all the time. Ari Fleischer used to tell us George W. Bush didn’t care about polls, even as the White House was regularly commissioning its own polls and going over others with a fine tooth comb.

It’s just that the press was more willing to break the rules get in Fleischer’s face about such nonsense. But not today. Not for Mr. Obama’s spokesman.

President Obama to Visit an Oil Field!!

Updated March 19 at 8:00 am ET

With gasoline prices marching north, President Obama next week will take a break from worshipping the sun and putting his finger to the wind when he actually highlights energy projects that provide lots of energy.

The White House is desperate to repair the damage being done to Obama’s campaign by the price at the pump, and aides have suddenly begun portraying him as a great apostle of oil and gas drilling.

In what may go down as one of the worst political blunders of his presidency, Obama late last year bowed to environmentalists’ pressure and rejected the Keystone pipeline’s route through part of Nebraska, delaying by at least a year a major new source of oil just as gasoline prices started going through the roof.

Wednesday, he’ll be in Carlsbad, New Mexico to inspect oil and gas production fields located on federal lands.

Obama will be in Oklahoma Thursday – yes, Oklahoma – to “discuss his Administration’s commitment to improving and supporting the infrastructure that helps us leverage our domestic resources,” the White House said.

I assume these are code words for the infrastructure to get fossil fuels out of the ground, since he sure ain’t going to Oklahoma for votes. He’s more likely to strike oil.

According to ABC News, Obama will staging a photo op in Cushing, Oklahoma, which is on the Keystone pipeline project’s “southern route,” of which the administration approves.

Of course, the two day trip also features a solar facility and a meeting with people conducting “some of the country’s most advanced energy-related research and development.”

But the White House is clearly eager to show that Obama loves the non-advanced stuff too, since that’s what the country is going to be running on for the foreseeable future.

Does Chu Really Want Cheaper Gasoline?

Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared Tuesday to have walked away from his 2008 comment that the United States needs gas prices like they’ve got in Europe – that is, $8-$9 a gallon – in order to make alternative energy prices competitive and herald a new era of global cooling.

Well, he did walk away. But how far? Maybe not very.

Testifying before Congress Tuesday, Chu said what he now believes is that the price should be at about $2, but that gasoline should be sold in quarts.

Okay, that’s a joke. Sorry.

Here’s the exchange between Chu and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Lee: So are you saying you no longer share the view that we need to figure out how to boost gasoline prices in America?

Chu: “I no longer share that view . . .When I became Secretary of Energy, I represented the U.S. government . . . Of course we don’t want the price of gasoline to go up, we want it to go down.

Who got to Chu? Did Chu get a trip to the woodshed and receive a vigorous presidential spanking? Was he brought to the White House Hypnotist and convinced he wants cheap gas?

Steven Chu
Photo by Keith Koffler

Not at all.

Look closely at what he said in his testimony: “When I became Secretary of Energy, I represented the U.S. government.”

That suggests clearly that he still probably thinks the same thing he always thought – that you and I should have to choose between bankruptcy and a hybrid vehicle, but that he has to say certain things because of his position.

He can’t even bring himself to say “I don’t want the price of gasoline to go up,” he says “we.”

Which means in all likelihood, whatever President Obama says his policies are on gasoline prices and drilling, he has an energy secretary who actually wants the price to go up.

And he keeps him.

Obama’s New Alternative Fuel

The White House is serving up an unusually heavy load of . . . nonsense this week, pushing back against charges that President Obama deserves any blame for presiding over a gas price runup that could hit $5 per gallon. Obama’s aides know that high gas prices are a potentially lethal issue for a president.… Continue Reading