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    White House fears gas prices could tank Obama

    Rising prices at the pump are a new political obstacle to the president's reelection. He is trying to defuse the situation by reassuring the American people he has a plan to draw down costs.


    Reporting from Fairless Hills, Pa.—
    For much of President Obama's term, White House aides were convinced the main barrier to his reelection was the worrisome unemployment rate. But even as the economy bounces back, a new political obstacle has emerged: rising gas prices.

    Trying to defuse the issue, the White House has arranged a slew of speeches and public events to reassure Americans that Obama has a plan for cutting gas prices.

    On Wednesday, Obama flew to Pennsylvania — a perennial swing state — for a town-hall-style meeting devoted to energy. He travels Friday to Indiana, another important state on the 2012 election calendar, where he will appear at an event in Indianapolis that is also focused on high oil prices.

    "It's on the minds of a lot of people right now because you're paying more at the pump. Anybody notice that?" Obama told workers at a wind turbine plant outside Philadelphia. "For a lot of people, money was already tight before gas prices started climbing."

    Obama's attention to the issue comes amid new polling that has implications for the presidential race. With the economic recovery gaining momentum, fewer people say they are jittery about losing their job. But a growing percentage cites rising gas prices as a chief concern.

    The Pew Research Center is coming out with a report this week showing that a majority of Americans say gas prices have a "substantial impact" on their household financial condition.

    "The bottom line is, unless gas prices go down, it puts the president in mortal peril," said Douglas Schoen, a former campaign consultant to President Clinton. "Every American faces higher gas prices every day, so in a certain sense, it has the likelihood of being a more serious problem than the unemployment rate, because 9% are unemployed but 100% of the American people have to deal with the impact directly and indirectly of rising fuel prices."

    Gas prices have risen 30% over the last year and now average $3.69 per gallon for regular grade, according to AAA. Potential Republican opponents are taking notice. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has set up an exploratory committee for the 2012 race, released a video last week that flashed images of gas stations showing prices topping $4 per gallon.

    Mindful of the public's frustration with rising prices, the White House is pounding the message that it is working toward a solution.

    While taking questions at the White House this week about the budget impasse, Obama worked in a reference to Americans who are "worrying about gas prices," adding, "and that's what they want us worrying about."

    David Plouffe, a senior White House advisor and Obama's 2008 campaign manager, sent an email to supporters last week that carried the reminder that prices peaked under former President George W. Bush.

    Even as he coped with a new military conflict in Libya, Obama delivered a speech last week reiterating his interest in boosting domestic oil production, cutting foreign oil imports and converting to cleaner energy sources.

    "We are making progress on jobs and need to make more progress on jobs," said David Axelrod, a former senior White House aide who is part of Obama's 2012 campaign team. "But people are also grappling with stagnant wages and rising prices. That's a legitimate, important concern for people and we have to pay close attention to it."

    It's not clear that Obama can do much in the short term to dramatically bring down prices. A report last month by the Energy Information Administration, a government agency, predicted that gas prices would average $3.56 this year and stay about the same in 2012.

    While Obama spoke last week about "continuing to increase America's oil supply," an energy agency forecast showed domestic oil production declining from 2011-12.

    Obama sought to dampen expectations that immediate relief was on the way.

    Taking questions from employees at the Pennsylvania company Gamesa, Obama was asked about high gas prices.

    "Now, there are a couple of things we can do, but I'm going to be honest with you," he said. "There's not much we can do next week or two weeks from now." He advised people to trade in an 8-miles-per-gallon beater for a fuel-efficient car built by an American company.

    Energy experts agreed that gas prices are likely to remain high in the face of strong worldwide demand.

    "In the short term, there's very little that can be done," said David Pumphrey, deputy director of the energy and national security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "We have a situation that's driven by two things: strong economic growth in Asia that had already started to push prices up and uncertainty in the Middle East."

    As Obama tries to soothe the motoring public, though, he risks disappointing his base. Some young voters attracted to his promises during the 2008 campaign are displeased with an Obama energy policy that still sees a place for oil, clean coal and nuclear power.

    Many former Obama campaign volunteers are attending a conference in Washington next week where they will use organizing techniques learned in the 2008 campaign to press for clean energy.

    "We really want Obama to be our hero, still. But we don't vote for a campaign. We voted for change, and he's giving us the same D.C. politics as usual," said Maura Cowley, co-director of the Energy Action Coalition and a former Obama campaign volunteer.


    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...tional+News%29
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    It is a good thing...It's not like most people have to go to work anyways, the economy is still down...People are not driving as much so that helps the enviorment...Bring on $5 a gallon that'll be SUPER!...
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    • #3
      If it gets rid of Obama, the sacrifice will be worth it.
      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DAL View Post
        If it gets rid of Obama, the sacrifice will be worth it.
        yuppers.....I will gladly pay $5 a gallon for a couple of years if it ensures that he gets tossed next year...
        The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

        "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

        "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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        • #5
          I just bought the Prius, I can handle $6/gal if it gets rid of Obamatard
          Originally Posted by VegasMetro
          maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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          • #6
            1) How exactly is the economy "bouncing back"?

            2) I currently drive an hour or more west to gaurd oil wells. I drive an hour east to my PD. I put at least 45,000 miles on my car last year. I hate thses high gas prices, but I will walk everywhere else and tolerate gas prices if it gets rid of The Great Apologizer.

            3) What happened to that white hose staffer who wanted Americans to pay $4/ga?
            I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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            • #7
              "trade in your 8 gal a mile beater for a new fuel efficient american car." It continues to amaze me how this guy just doesnt get it. Who has an extra $600 a mth for a car payment when they are probably paying zero on an older car.
              "Lay there and bleed awhile before you feel some real pain."

              "Have a cup of coffee, a pall mall, and relax!"

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              • #8
                4.25 off-post and 4.01 on post...

                Yippiee!!!

                Especially since I sense me being ****ed and not working on Friday.....and not working for several days/weeks....and not getting ****ing paid......

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                • #9
                  I'm so fing tired of this idiot. I normally don't say much about him but he is an idiot. All of his solutions are 20 years down the road.

                  I look at it like this. How does the man who works in a factory and has a wife work as a cashier get to work, eat, provide health benefits to his/her family? Now that they work and pay 4 bucks a gallon something has to go. Being they work and try to better themselves they probably don't qualify for any medical benefit assistance. What's their option??? One stops working and paying taxes, hell maybe they both quit and get on public assistance.. Who wins then? Barry and his cronies. Why?? Because now they are dependent on Government.. So yes these Gas prices are good for that spoiled man who never had a real job or real concern in his life... I have never felt any of our President's were so out of touch as he is... Thanks again for Health Care Reform and controlling the costs.. OH Wait you didn't do that Barry.. I know my company renewed and my Insurance is through the roof now. I'm tired of the republicans as well in office. They lost their balls some time ago and have fed this country up as well.
                  Last edited by jcioccke; 04-07-2011, 05:15 AM.
                  MDRDEP:

                  There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DAL View Post
                    If it gets rid of Obama, the sacrifice will be worth it.
                    +1000000000.... I don't have enough zeroes.
                    Originally posted by kontemplerande
                    Without Germany, you would not have won World War 2.

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                    • #11
                      $3.97 up again from yesterday which was up from the day before...and so on.




                      World_So_Cold

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
                        I'm so fing tired of this idiot. I normally don't say much about him but he is an idiot. All of his solutions are 20 years down the road.

                        I look at it like this. How does the man who works in a factory and has a wife work as a cashier get to work, eat, provide health benefits to his/her family? Now that they work and pay 4 bucks a gallon something has to go. Being they work and try to better themselves they probably don't qualify for any medical benefit assistance. What's their option??? One stops working and paying taxes, hell maybe they both quit and get on public assistance.. Who wins then? Barry and his cronies. Why?? Because now they are dependent on Government.. So yes these Gas prices are good for that spoiled man who never had a real job or real concern in his life... I have never felt any of our President's were so out of touch as he is... Thanks again for Health Care Reform and controlling the costs.. OH Wait you didn't do that Barry.. I know my company renewed and my Insurance is through the roof now. I'm tired of the republicans as well in office. They lost their balls some time ago and have fed this country up as well.
                        Well said, I agree with you very much so. I glad I am not the only one who is unimpressed by the pink tie republicans these days as well. I would simply say that Obama is gleaming with happiness over the high gas prices. The good part is, if people suffer at the pump, the politicians get a kick in the rump. If you know what I mean. Barry Soetoro, enjoy the short ribs while you can buddy.
                        Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
                        ~Mark Twain

                        Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
                        ~Thomas Jefferson

                        "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
                        — Horace Mann

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                        • #13
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                          Last edited by avalon42; 03-13-2015, 05:51 PM.

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                          • #14
                            4.21 at Chevron, I've been laid off, now because of the gap, companies don't even want to speak to people that aren't working. It's terrible, I think they don't want to post the accurate number of unemployed, it would cause a panic.

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                              Last edited by avalon42; 03-13-2015, 05:50 PM.

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