True courage is cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of a brutal, bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free.
- Shaftesbury III, English Statesman (1671-1713)
As gas prices are soaring and Americans are feeling more pain at the pump than any time in our nation’s history, the reply from Obama supporters is that it’s unfair to blame the president for gas prices spiraling out of control.
Is it unfair to blame the president for these crippling gas prices? Who better than to ask than President Obama himself?
We found no less than six different ads candidate Obama ran as he made gas prices a major issue in his run for president in 2008.
OBAMA 2008 CAMPAIGN AD: [ALL VIDEO GRAPHICS WITH MUSIC TRACK] “I’m voting because I make two gallons of gas an hour.” [Showing smiling face of cartoon gas pump.] “Don’t get mad, get registered. VOTEFORCHANGE.COM” . . . [Bullet points] “* Register to vote * Request to vote absentee * Find your polling location” . . . “In less time than it takes to fill up your tank.”
OBAMA 2008 CAMPAIGN AD: Male voice: “Have you seen John McCain’s TV ad?” Vemale voice from McCain ad: “Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump?” [Crowd chanting, “Obama, Obama.”] Male voice: John McCain is blaming Barack Obama for gas prices? The same old politics. Barack Obama thinks high gas prices deserve serious answers and a serious plan – crack down on oil spectators, raise mileage standards and fast track alternative fuels.” Obama: “I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.”
OBAMA 2008 CAMPAIGN AD: From McCain ad: “He’s the original maveric.” Graphic: “REALL?” Cut to McCain interview: “The president [Bush] and I agree on most issues, there was a recent study that showed I voted with the president over ninety percent of the time.” Male voice: “John McCain supports Bush’s tax cuts for millionaires but nothing for a hundred million households. He’s for billions in new oil company giveaways while gas prices soar and for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. The original maverick, or just more of the same.”
OBAMA 2008 CAMPAIGN AD: “Since the gas lines of the seventies, Democrats and Republicans have talked about energy independence, but nothing’s changed, except now Exxon’s making forty billion dollars 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 any more. 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 them.”
OBAMA 2008 CAMPAIGN AD: “Every time you fill your tank, the oil companies fill their pockets. Now big oil’s filling John McCain’s campaign with two million dollars in contributions, because instead of taxing their windfall profits to help drivers, McCain wants to give them another four billion in tax breaks. After one president in the pocket of big oil, we can’t afford another. Barack Obama, a windfall profits tax on big oil to give families a thousand dollar rebate – a president who will stand up for you.” Obama: “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.”
Gee, I don’t remember any thousand dollar oil profits windfall rebate on my taxes, do you?
OBAMA 2008 CAMPAIGN AD: “While Americans are struggling with gas prices, John McCain’s playing politics. His attacks on Barack Obama – ” [shows a series of five quotes from left-wing newspapers] – “‘not true,’ ‘false,’ ‘baloney,’ ‘the low road,’ ‘baseless.’ John McCain – same old politics, same failed policies. Barack Obama supports a thousand dollar middle class tax cut, an energy plan that takes on big oil, develops alternative fuels and breaks the grip of foreign oil. Real solutions for America’s challenges.” Obama: “I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.”
Hey, when you run an opportunistic campaign attacking the incumbent party for high gas prices, you make the crippling prices we’re suffering under your administration fair game.
When you promise America that you have what it takes to bring gas prices down only to see them more than double since the day you took office, you failed. Big time.
Every American filling up at the pump should take that time to reflect on just how badly Obama has failed us all.