In January 2009, when President Obama was sworn in, a gallon of regular gasoline cost $1.68.
Today, it's more than double that: The price has reached $5 in parts of California and $6 just outside Florida's Disney World. In fact, prices have set a record, being so high so early in the year. By Memorial Day, America's first big travel weekend of the year, gas nationwide will average $4 and above, industry analysts predict.
Candidate Obama made political hay of the issue throughout 2008, boldly asserting that he - and he alone - was most able to bring prices down. He repeatedly said there was "no silver bullet" and "no quick fix," but on the campaign trail in Indianapolis, he told Americans, "You shouldn't have to accept any more excuses as to why it can't be done."
More than three years into office, that's all Mr. Obama offers - excuses. He blames oil companies for making a profit; blames "speculators" for pushing up the price of oil; blames Congress for not doing away with oil-industry tax breaks; blames world producers for limiting outflow to drive up prices.
But this past weekend, the president made a startling claim: "Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years."
The claim is true, but as always, a very crafty lie of omission. America is producing more oil than eight years ago, but not because of anything the president has done. In fact, production is up only because Americans are resourceful and have battled past the obstructions Mr. Obama has erected.
President Obama doesn't have a positive record to run on, so he has to invent one. And in order to invent a positive record he has to resort to the old political standy... distort, deceive, omit and flat out lie.
Before he was elected, he was vocal on his criticism of President Bush and his policies... a high deficit, the war, and yes, high gasoline prices.
Now? Well, he certainly can't say he's lowered the deficit, he's pulled us out of Iraq and is leaving Afghanistan without completing the job and with horrible results. Iraq is slipping backwards and Afghanistan will follow. And gas prices? Wow. I guess you can't complain about $3.00 p/g prices now.
You know, since those days are long gone.