Back when George Bush was in office, Democrats and their "news media on a rope" made it sound as if the world was ending due to high gas prices.
Candidate Obama told of people who either quit their jobs or couldn't look for new ones because it cost too much to fill up a tank.
"I know how bad people are hurting," he said back then.
"Drivers are paying a heavy price," said then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, "for the Bush administration's failure to enact a comprehensive energy strategy."
The price of gas, reminded Hillary Clinton in 2006, had doubled since Bush had taken office.
In just five years !
Now that the price of gasoline has more than doubled in less than three years under Barack Obama, what do you think is being said?
If you guessed that the media aren't tying the rise in gasoline prices to this president, you're right -- but only half right. In one case, a media watchdog reports that only 3 out of 280 news reports on fuel prices mentioned the president's anti-drilling policies. Amazingly, some media outlets are even arguing that high gasoline prices are actually a "blessing in disguise."
That's what one television reporter called it, in claiming high prices were actually creating jobs.
The CBS Early Show presented us with five ways that high gas prices could be a good thing. How good? One interviewee claimed they were saving lives from lower air pollution -- 1,000 lives a month.
As for Mr. Obama, who knew "how bad people are hurting" back in 2008, he now laughs off high gas prices -- joking to one audience not to complain if they don't have vehicles with good gas mileage.
Get used to it, says the man who once chanted "Yes we can!"
It's amazing what a difference a change in the White House makes for your gas pains!
Regardless of what excuses or Save-Our-Obama fairy tales the "mainstream" media want to tell you, gas prices are at near-record levels, they do hurt families and businesses big-time -- and this president's policies are aggravating the problem.
When he took office, gasoline prices were more in the neighborhood of $1.80 a gallon; in some states they are already over $4 and climbing.
In an attempt to deflect the blame, Obama announced a commission to find out who's doing this to us. Meanwhile, he has discouraged drilling here, encouraged and even invested U.S. money for drilling off of Brazil, and produced no comprehensive, commonsense energy policy, the kind of which Pelosi pledged back in 2007.
Bush was no better, certainly -- but their treatment in the media has been worlds apart.
Truth be told, Obama's hyper-environmentalism revels in high energy prices: He actually promised higher electrical costs when he ran for office. We doubt he's too broken up about high gasoline prices; he probably thinks they're a good thing.
"Shell Oil Company," said one news report this week, "has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA's Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits."
And, of course, the administration's foot-dragging in the Gulf is now legendary.
It makes no sense to sit back and leave our energy resources in the ground while encouraging others to get theirs and sell it to us at a premium. It only raises our costs and lowers our national security.
"This is the issue that could cost Obama re-election," writes one blogger.
Perhaps -- if the media stop with their "Gas prices are a blessing!" narrative.