The opposing party often blames rising gas prices on the president. For example, we don’t have to look back too far to find Democrats blaming Bush:
And now, of course, Obama’s to blame. But in reality, neither Bush nor Obama was or is the main driver of high gas prices, although each party will try to blame the other, to its own advantage. One difference, though (at least as best as I can remember) is that the MSM jumped on the Blame Bush bandwagon, whereas there’s a lot of patient explaining that Obama’s not really to blame.
Charles Krauthammer correctly point out that Obama really doesn’t have much control over oil prices, but that the American public rightly perceives that he’s antipathetic to oil as a fuel, and that he’s taking some credit for the policies of others:
Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But the American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil. The “fuel of the past,” he contemptuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn’t commute by government motorcade and is getting fleeced every week at the pump, oil seems very much a fuel of the present — and of the foreseeable future…
But the event that drove home the extent of Obama’s antipathy to nearby, abundant, available oil was his veto of the Keystone pipeline, after the most extensive environmental vetting of any pipeline in U.S. history. It gave the game away because the case for Keystone is so obvious and overwhelming. Vetoing it gratuitously prolongs our dependence on outside powers, kills thousands of shovel-ready jobs, forfeits a major strategic resource to China, damages relations with our closest ally, and sends billions of oil dollars to Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin and already obscenely wealthy sheiks.
Obama boasts that, on his watch, production is up and imports down. True, but truly deceptive. These increases have occurred in spite of his restrictive policies. They are the result of Clinton- and Bush-era permitting. This has been accompanied by a gold rush of natural gas production resulting from new fracking technology that has nothing at all to do with Obama.