Video Flashback: Obama and Democrats Blast Bush for High Gas Prices in 2008

These people are shameless.
Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz attacked George W. Bush for high gas prices back in 2008.
Now Obama and democrats are complaining that Republicans are politicizing gas prices.

Even back in 2006 Democrats were politicizing gas prices and the economy when gas was $3 dollar a gallon and the unemployment rate was 5%.
The New York Times reported, via Free Republic:

Democrats running for Congress are moving quickly to use the most recent surge in oil and gasoline prices to bash Republicans over energy policy, and more broadly, the direction of the country.

With oil prices hitting a high this week and prices at the pump topping $3 a gallon in many places, Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic Senate candidate in Minnesota, is making the issue the centerpiece of her campaign. Ms. Klobuchar says it “is one of the first things people bring up” at her campaign stops.

To varying degrees, Democrats around the country are following a similar script that touches on economic anxiety and populist resentment against oil companies.

“It’s a metaphor for an economy that keeps biting people despite overall good numbers,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Mr. Schumer said Democratic candidates in 10 of the 34 Senate races this year had scheduled campaign events this week focusing on gasoline prices.

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  • jainphx

    I remember in an interview, Obama saying he was disappointed that the prices went up too fast, he would of preferred a gradual increase. He said prices should match Europe, which at the time was 6.50 a gallon.

  • chuck in st paul

    No. No. No.
    EVERYONE knows it was Darth Cheney and his Big Oil buddies at Halliburton. [/sarc]

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  • Patty


    Obama offers condolences in the Deaths in Afghanistan

  • Skinner

    See how the messaging is slowly moving towards Obama’s record? There is such lovely video and audio from our President going back to his days in the IL senate.

    Once the Republican nominee is set, the “negative” campaigning that folks have been whining about will become beautiful music to our ears as the son of a Luo tribesman shall be forced to dance to his record and defend his policies.

    The MSM has actually screwed Obama by hiding his failed leadership and socialist success.

    It shall be messy and wonderful.


  • Patty

    Could Obama Lose the Way Jimmy Carter Did in the 1980 Election?

    The talk among college professors, students and those in the conservative southern community I live in, is that Barack Obama is going to win big, whether one wants it to happen or not. The other day, someone said it could be as big a victory as FDR’s overwhelming reelection in 1936.

    I pointed out that Democrats would do well to remember the lessons of the 1980 election. Others in the conversation dismissed such talk. After all, Obama’s got a big lead in the polls. According to polls, Obama is opening up big leads in Associated Press polls and even in Rasmussen Tracking surveys, which always favor Republicans. A Franklin & Marshall poll had Obama winning the battleground state of Pennsylvania, even thumping native son Rick Santorum!

    But we have a lot of myths about the 1980 election. According to Will Rogers, the Larry the Cable Guy of the 1930s, said a myth is “what we know, that ain’t necessarily so!”

    1980 Election Myth 1: Reagan Always Dominated The 1980 Election.

    Busted: Sure Reagan took 44 states and 489 electoral votes in 1980, compared to 49 for President Jimmy Carter. But Reagan only won 50.7 percent of the vote, while Carter got 41 percent and John B. Anderson picked up the rest. As recently as October 26, a Gallup poll had Carter ahead 47 percent to Reagan’s 39 percent. Reagan’s comeback was so remarkable that Gallup had seen nothing like it since they began polling in 1936.

    1980 Election Myth 2: Reagan Won With An Awesome Debate Performance.

    Mostly Confirmed: Even as a 10-year-old, I remember the Reagan quips of “There you go again,” and Carter’s stumbles. Polls clearly showed “The Gipper” winning in Cleveland. And Reagan won the election, right? But even after that superb performance, polls still showed the race was “too close to call.” In Ted White’s coverage of the 1980 election, even Reagan was stunned by the big margin of victory, and Carter’s quick concession call.

    READ more @link

  • Patty

    A Rebuke to Our Rudderless President

    President Obama has proclaimed himself helpless in the face of gasoline prices, which have doubled on his watch. He is just fated, apparently, to be a lousy president. Now that it is a little late to try to blame his predecessor, he is out of ammo. Today Senator Jeff Sessions tried to buck Obama up with a letter containing suggestions as to how the executive branch might take arms against a sea of rising gas prices, unemployment and poverty:

    The Honorable Barack Obama
    The White House
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President:

    I am writing today to urge your Administration to take overdue but necessary action to confront soaring gasoline prices. In the last three years, gas prices have doubled, draining the disposable income of millions of hardworking Americans. In 2011, the typical U.S. household already spent $4,155 on gasoline, almost 10 percent of their income. Yet some analysts now predict prices may rise this year to more than $5.00 per gallon.

    In a speech this Thursday, you stated that “there are no quick fixes to this problem. You know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.” While we should explore a variety of energy resources—most especially those which do not put taxpayer dollars at risk—I respectfully disagree that we cannot utilize our remarkably vast untapped energy reserves to provide Americans with much-needed relief. I reject the defeatist view that says the nation that won two world wars, pioneered space travel, and overcame the Soviet Empire is now helpless in the face of high prices at the pump. We are not at the mercy of dictators, cartels, and events beyond our control.

    Simply by removing the bureaucratic barriers imposed by your own administration we can begin to make progress. But we can go much further than that. Powerful action to harness America’s untapped oil and gas resources would place downward pressure on prices and speculation in the short-run and, by surging global supply, would serve to keep prices low in the future. Crucially, it would also provide millions of Americans with good-paying private-sector jobs; produce substantial royalties for local, state, and federal governments; reduce our enormous trade imbalance; and put an end to our huge wealth transfer from America to competitors oversees.

    I therefore recommend the following proposals for immediate implementation:

    1. Restore the bipartisan 2010–2015 offshore lease plan to ensure that the 31 lease sales called for in that plan are completed expeditiously. Your Administration only directed one lease sale in 2011 and has announced just one lease sale for 2012, far short of the number of sales that would have occurred over this period under the original 2010–2015 plan that your Administration discarded.

    Read 2-7 at link:

  • Multitude

    Democrats will always be power whores, as are a few too many in the Republican party (Hi Mitt, how are you doing tonight? Aren’t we privileged to have someone of your pedigree reading here in your attempt to determine what words you should say this week to trick us into believing you’re actually someone who has principles, rather than a daddy’s boy who wants the White House almost as much as that Kenyan in Chief).

    Either we wake up the naive fools that elect this crap or we’re screwed.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Now Obama and democrats are complaining that Republicans are politicizing gas prices.

    Enjoy it, A-holes. You’ve earned it.

    The only thing that would be more satisfying than watching these cretins savaged over high gas prices would be to be able to grab every one of these lowlifes by the hair on the back of their heads and shoving their faces into a video monitor replaying their very words.

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  • shibumi

    Earlier this evening a co-worker mentioned that Shell and Exxon were to blame for high gas prices. I said since we (meaining HE) blamed Bush four years ago, that it was Obama’s fault.

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  • squeaky

    just part of the one-sided new era of civility under the obama regime. a lot of weak minded people who have thrived and multiplied under the protection of our social safety nets. i can’t say it’s every obama supporter but there does seem to be some lack of interest to explore his negatives with some. just the idea that some of the same people who found it the height of patriotism to tear apart Bush are now demanding respect for Obama.

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  • Swifty

    I don’t recall when Bush was against drilling in Alaska, off-shore drilling, or even constructing any pipeline that could help increase oil supplies in the marketplace.

    Obama is the exact opposite. He is a damn disgrace.

  • squeaky

    as a nation are we in a death spiral? the less we consume the more that gets sold to other buyers…..a vicious circle. it’s the planning they do for everyone elses lives that they exempt themselves from.

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  • Neo

    They’re obsessed” By Jim Messina, Obama 2012 Campaign Manager

    In just about 24 hours, Mitt Romney is headed to a hotel ballroom to give a speech sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a front group founded and funded by the Koch brothers.

    Those are the same Koch brothers whose business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump, and who bankrolled Tea Party extremism, and committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama before Election Day.

    Yeah. It’s not Obama; it’s the fault of those evil Koch brothers.

  • JenBee

    #5 Skinner commented:

    The MSM has actually screwed Obama by hiding his failed leadership and socialist success.

    It shall be messy and wonderful.

    What a delightfully on-point comment, I couldn’t agree more!

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    Okay class… Let’s all recall what we’ve learned.

    Under a Republican Administration, $3.00 a gallon of gas and 5% unemployment means the economy has totally collapsed and people are suffering terribly! THE MISERY INDEX IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH!!!! WE NEED HOPE AND CHANGE

    With the Obama Administration, $5.00 a gallon of gas and 10% Unemployment (if you even believe their fudged unemployment numbers), is VERY VERY GOOD and it clearly demonstrates that Obama’s policies are working and that the economy is recovering! Everybody is doing just fine! And, what’s a Misery Index?

    Any questions?

  • lizzy84

    Tickerguy’s Missive To The American People: Gas Prices

  • Sickofobama

    $5 a gallon in LA.

    $6 in parts of FL.

    LIBTARDs: Remind me again who is to blame for the crap happening in the country and around the world?

    That’s right. The Muslim Marxist Dictator you voted for and you will suffer big time when the house of cards fall down.

    Good luck.

  • democraps suck

    dillusional A$$HOLES…..

  • Shawn

    The MSM and the demorats will always find a way to blame others for their misguided logic.

  • YourMaster

    this video is very damaging to 0bama and the democrats…

    0bama complained when gas prices were just $3.50
    ….now they are around 5 dollars and up

    but really it was democrats who have always been opposed to
    drilling and using our own resources.

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  • The difference between Bush and Obama is that under Bush when the gas prices started to rise we had hope they would come back down and they did. $1.82 when Bush left office. Under Team Obama there is NO hope that the price will come back down, rather we can expect continual increase. So how will the economy and the individual recover with $5.00/6.00 ++ at the pump?

  • Sam Stone

    These people are immoral and will burn in hell for their lies!

  • Doug Henderson

    The reason gas prices fell so low at the end of the Bush administration was in response to a collapsed global economy. It will only go down again for the same reason.

    Prices are going up now because global growth in fossil fuel consumption is increasing and supplies are both tight and possibly at threat from tensions in the Middle East. Both China and India are basing their economic development on private ownership of cars–and global fuel consumption will reflect this. If global economies are improving at all, gas prices will go up.

    Oil companies are not going to dedicate decades to deep sea oil development, or much else, if gas is $2.00 a gallon Get real.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Oil companies are not going to dedicate decades to deep sea oil development, or much else, if gas is $2.00 a gallon…

    Why not? They did before.

    Of course, the dollar was worth more back then, when we had a more responsible Fed.

  • j

    the only reason gas prices went back down is because Bush was leaving office. so they droped the gas at a low so it could be affiliated with bush. Bush couldnt drop price but only from our reserves not from oil and gas trades…dont be a fool…they left obama to be the clean up man and people want to blam him when he has gotten troops home? bush hasd the war and that took gas and oil and for ten or more years we have been at war on bushe’s behalf. now that the war almost over gas can try to come down if our gov isnt being greedy. ( not dem) we are for the people.

  • j

    sorry for rushing that post and errors

  • bob

    If it is so shameless for the Democrats to blame Bush, then it should also be shameless for Republicans to blame Obama.

    I am amazed at this statement. When you are doing the same thing you are calling Democrats shameless for you are calling yourself shameless.

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