What a difference a week makes for President Obama, as rising gas prices put more and more pressure on his administration.
Last Tuesday at a news conference, the president insisted to Fox News that it was fallacy to think his team was in favor of higher gas prices to wean Americans off fossil fuels.
“You think the president of the United States going into reelection wants gas prices to go up higher?” the president asked. “Is that — is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?”
Fast forward to this week, when the president’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu acknowledged Tuesday at a Senate hearing that he indeed told the Wall Street Journal in September 2008 that getting U.S. prices up to higher, European-level gas prices would help move Americans to use more renewables.
But with rising gas prices sinking the president’s approval rating in some new national polls, Chu says he has had a change of heart.
“Are you saying that you no longer share the view that we need to figure out how to boost gasoline prices in America?” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked Chu.
“I no longer share that view,” the energy secretary said.
“But you did then, but you don’t now?” pressed Lee.
White House spokesman Jay Carney downplayed the shift and said the president did not tell Chu to clarify. He stressed that since Chu made the comments before he was in the administration, Republicans have taken them out of context to suggest it is administration policy.
“There has been an attempt — a partisan, largely partisan attempt — to try to take comments like that and pretend those are policy when in fact the policy reflects the contrary,” Carney said.
President Obama’s approval rating has hit the lowest level ever in CBS News polling, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times survey. The drop may be partially attributable to rising gas prices.
Just 41 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president, according to the poll, conducted from March 7 to 11. Another 47 percent disapprove of his performance, up from 41 percent last month.
Mr. Obama’s approval rating was 50 percent last month.
The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 12 cents over the past two weeks. The poll found that most Americans, 54 percent, believe gas prices are something a president can do a lot about.
Americans have historically felt that a president can control gas prices, though experts attribute changes to a variety of factors, many outside of a president’s control. ( More that are IN Obama’s control he REFUSES to implement without this MSM spin! )They also felt this way when gas prices spiked during the administration of former President George W. Bush.
~ A moment of clarity, speaking the truth inadvertently:
Obama: ‘As Long As Gas Prices Are Going Up, People Are Going to Feel Like I’m Not Doing Enough’
WFTV in Orlando asked President Obama about gas prices in an interview today. Specifically, President Obama was asked whether he’s “doing enough to control gas prices.” Here’s President Obama’s response:
It won’t be something monumental that will take him down, it won’t be all the things wrong in our country right now. It will be gas prices. ~ JP