March 15th, 2012
05:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama beats back GOP over gas prices

Washington (CNN) - Confronted with recent polling suggesting rising gas prices may already be damaging President Obama's political standing ahead of the summer driving season, the president on Thursday reiterated the case that neither he, nor any other politician, has the power to bring down prices in the short term.

"We are starting to see a lot of politicians talking a lot and not doing much," Obama told an enthusiastic crowd at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland. "We've seen this movie before."


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Domestic oil production is up and demand is down, but don't expect any help from the GOP. The republicans' have shown that they are more interested "Probe, baby probe," of women, instead of "Drill, baby drill."

    March 15, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. The REAL Truth

    The GOP will user any method they can to make the POTUS look bad, even if it has nothing to do with him. It's really old. I can't wait for this circus to be over...

    March 15, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I was just reminded that the republicans refused our president's offer to cut ten dollars in national spending for every $1 raised of revenue. And the right wingnuts said, "No!" so could blame the president.

    March 15, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. cali girl

    For my gallon of gas here are the ones who takes the chunks. The drilling co, the co who takes it out to a tanker, the place that makes it gas, the truck that brings it to the station. The station. But do not forget, OPEC, speculaters from wall st. Then it is the taxes. fed, State, County, city, and special legislation to approve roads taxes, and additives we get in the spring. If my gas is 4.35 then how much of that can the president change? The fed tax, which then would make my gas 4.32. For all you righties out there, on Fox oreilly said on 4/12/08 that the price of gas can not be changed by the president.

    March 15, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    "You know better," Obama said Monday. "There's no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices. There's no silver bullet. Anybody who tells you otherwise isn't really looking for a solution - they're probably just looking to ride the political wave of the moment."
    Can I quote you on that the next time you make a speech about making a release from the nation's strategic oil reserves? Got caught up recently riding the political wave of the moment yourself, didn't you?

    March 15, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. NOvember 2012

    poor poor Barry...just don't have the ability to do anything of use...and finally admits it. We live on energy and we have the right to hold our president responsible for the price and availability of it.... so go ahead obama shirk your duty and we will see you at the voting booth in November.

    March 15, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Howard's Daddy

    When FOX NEWS said it was not the President's fault in 2008 then why is it now the President's fault?

    Oh wait, I know. It's all political tripe.

    March 15, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. The REAL Truth

    Why do my comments here keep getting blocked and edited out??? They are far less inflammatory than Nothings, or Four's or jerry's, etc...

    March 15, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. DEcember 2012

    You know, if you love pumping gas so much then maybe you should pay more for it? Obama can't solve your addiction for you, or maybe you do want a bigger government?

    The USA consumes 20% of worldwide supply.

    Perhaps therein lies the problem.

    March 15, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. wgf

    I have no doubt that the GOP can bring back $2.50 gas prices. They've done it before. It's called economic collapse.

    March 15, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Fla Pete

    @November 2012,remember you hypocrital republicans sticking up for that Bush guy sayin he as the president can't change anything in the price of oil..He even went over and SPOKE to OPEC in Saudi Arabia and they send him a message,NO...So don't forget,we Democrates won't let ya ,for the one who screwed this all up Bush.In 2000,he signed into legislation an amendment deregulating the commodity boys and their wall street buddies,read the facts.Remember the rumor mills raising the price of oil daily,I didn't forget,neither did people driving during Bushs reign.Read before inserting FOOT in mouth.....

    March 15, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Four and The Door;
    Can I quote you on that the next time you make a speech about making a release from the nation's strategic oil reserves? Got caught up recently riding the political wave of the moment yourself, didn't you?
    The reference to a "silver bullet" would mean something that can be done to solve the problem PERMANENTLY. I believe that the President releasing some of the nation's strategic oil reserves would be for the SHORT-TERM not a long-term, nor much less a move that he believes would solve the problem permanently. If the president, any president, were to make use of said oil-reserves I would expect it would be an interim measure put in place to relieve the financial burden placed on the populace while other methods/attempts at remedying the situation permanently were explored.

    March 15, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Dave

    Let's see – the democrats blamed Bush for high gas prices. Now, while gas prices are double what they were then, the President is not to blame. Ironically, Obama is against drilling in the gulf and against fuel pipelines from Canada. Yet, he says he is doing everything he can for the energy issue? Oh, he did waste $500,000,000 on Solyndra!

    March 15, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Roger

    To NOvember2012. Did you blame W for $4 gas during his administration? Was the high price his fault or are high prices just this Presidents fault? Please share.

    March 15, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Obama's greatest alli is the internet. All one need do is GOOGLE what the Republicans including FoxNews were saying about 4dollar gas prices backin 2008 when Bush was in office. They can lie now but the proof is still online.

    March 15, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Dvet

    George bush is an oil man and the nopubics had the office when gas went from1.29 a gallon to 4.11 a gallon, so why didnt the liers do something about it then. Obama/biden 2012

    March 15, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. bill

    To: wire palledin-

    Private oil production is up. Production on govt land and water is down. Thanks uhbamba!

    March 15, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Tipical republican propaganda, vote for the republican clowns if you want. Dem landslide coming in Nov!!!!

    March 15, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Indy

    What people always fail to look at is the worldwide price of gas and how it has recently gone up almost everywhere. Many countries can only dream of $5.00 a gallon gas. There are many oil producing countries that pay more than $5.00 a gallon right now and you can't blame one President of one country for the price of gas. The Republican lie machine will blame bad weather on Obama next.Its has been proven 100 times over that more drilling will not do a thing for gas prices, and when you get your gas from the world market you pay what the world market charges, and you can't become independent of the world market. It sucks and everyone hates it but no President is going to change the price of gas.

    March 15, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. NameVern4prez

    The government controls the cost of oil so that they can determine how much money the general public has at the end of the week. If it wasn't for them controlling how much extra money we all have then there would be an uprising but nobody can save so we just lay on our backs and get screwed. I love the American way of life.

    March 15, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |