President Obama told a college audience in Miami on Thursday that Republicans are “licking their chops” over rising gasoline prices, but there is “no silver bullet” that will bring them back down.
The president slammed GOP candidates for gleefully using high fuel prices as a campaign attack tool. “Only in politics do people greet bad news so enthusiastically,” Obama said. “You pay more, and they’re licking their chops? And you can bet that since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas.”
This from a man whose former Chief of Staff famously said to “never allow a crisis to go to waste.”
“Well the American people aren’t stupid,” he said. “You know that’s not a plan — especially since we’re already drilling. It’s a bumper sticker…. If we’re going to take control of our energy future; if we’re going to avoid these gas price spikes down the line, then we need a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy — oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, and more. We need to keep developing the technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks; in our buildings and plants. That’s the strategy we’re pursuing, and that’s the only real solution to this challenge.”
And what, specifically, is the sustained strategy of our super-smart president?
“We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance, algae — you’ve got a bunch of algae out here,” Obama said at the University of Miami today. “If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we’ll be doing alright. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America.”
How utterly typical of a man who has spent his entire adult life in academia and politics. Ideas and words are all that he has ever known and all that he has ever produced. The matter-of-fact, the tried and true is to be lightly entertained but, ultimately, scoffed at and dismissed. An audience composed of gullible college kids is putty in the hands of this charismatic quack.