(CNN) - In his final state of the state address Tuesday night, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour took a swipe at a number of President Obama's policies and legislative accomplishments.
The speech was closely watched by political insiders as Barbour ponders a possible bid for the 2012 Republican nomination for president.
On health care reform: "If the Obama administration's health care mandates actually go into effect, employers don't know what their costs and responsibilities will be, so it impedes hiring," Barbour said.
On energy: "The Obama administration's energy policies are driving up the cost of energy…the administration's energy policy can be stated in one sentence: Increase the cost of energy so people will use less of it."
Barbour also rebuked President Obama's energy secretary, Steven Chu, who said in 2008-before being tapped for Obama's cabinet-"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."
Chu later walked back that comment.
Barbour used the majority of the nearly 40 minutes he spoke to tout his proudest accomplishments. He opened by making light of how much has changed since he took seven years ago.
"To start with, I did this speech on my new iPad. In 2004, iPad is what Marsha [Barbour's wife] called what I did to my weight during Christmas."