A hopeychangey graph

As someone who won’t receive any of that touted “Obama money,” I cringe every time I gas up the car.

But as Mark Hemingway notes, Obama shrugs:

Now obviously turmoil in the Middle East has something to do with our current astronomical gas prices, but keep in mind that by this point in the Bush presidency 9/11 had happened and we were on the verge of invading Iraq. So while the president can’t be entirely responsible for global commodity prices, it’s still worth asking what Obama’s doing to make things worse.

After all, this is the President who told us “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”

This is the President that appointed a Secretary of the Interior that famously said he didn’t mind if gas hit $10 a gallon.

He doesn’t, after all, gas up the limo or pay for it himself. No wonder.

Famed pollster Charlie Cook noted yesterday that the economy should work in Obama’s favor and mentioned the danger of “turmoil” in the Middle East derailing the potential GDP. What amused me, however, was that Cook failed to figure Obama’s no-more-oil-for-us policy into the mix; the president’s own policies will derail any real economic recovery. Even though we’re not treated daily to the media barrage of Gas Alert 2011 as we would were a Republican in office, people aren’t that stupid.

Or are they?

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