This is the first in a series of posts evaluating President Barack Obama against his own statements. His recent whoppers on Benghazi and his “one-term proposition” comment made a more full review of his penchant for saying just any old thing almost a fun exercise (if it weren’t so depressing that a man in his position could combine such self-regard with such a dearth of self-knowledge). Not sure how many of these I’ll do, but there’s certainly no lack of material.
This was a pretty good ad back in 2008.
This is the gas lines of the seventies. Democrats and Republicans have talked about energy independence, but nothing’s changed. Now Exxon’s making $40 billion a year, and we’re paying $3.50 for gas. I’m Barack Obama. I don’t take money from oil companies or Washington lobbyists, and I won’t let them block change anymore. They’ll pay a penalty on windfall profits. We’ll invest in alternative energy, create jobs, and free ourselves from foreign oil. I approve this message because it’s time Washington worked for you, not for them.
So how did he fare? Well, a gallon of gas now averages around $3.80. That’s not an improvement.
Note also that here in 2012, though the price of gas is higher, we’re no longer hearing about greedy oil companies and “windfall profits” any longer. It may be because as of May of this year Barack Obama had received $772,000 in donations from oil industry executives. Don’t want to bite a hand that’s feeding you.
How ’bout the “investing in alternative energy” goal? Well he certainly did that, but if Solyndra, et al., are his idea of good investments he ought to let someone else handle his investments once he’s a private citizen once again. More than $34 billion lost is not a good record, especially when it’s not even your money that you’ve lost but it’s money taxed away from hard working Americans.
And lastly, “free ourselves from foreign oil”? Considering we’re not going to stop needing oil any time soon we’ll have to get the oil from someplace. So the late-term abortion administered to the Keystone XL pipeline, the unnecessary moratoria on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and the hostility from the EPA toward new drilling and refinery development certainly puts the lie to the notion that he’s committed to ending our dependence on foreign oil.
Overall, this is not the hope and change you were looking for.
Next part: “No lobbyists in my administration”