Breathing deeply. Counting backwards from ten. I love my country. I love my fellow Americans. Even the ones that elected this clown-in-chief. That’s right. I’m violating my own rule about name-calling.
Via Instapundit comes a remarkable enough tidbit from an AP report: “Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.”
Does anyone out there really believe this is man feels our pain? He is more interested in deciding what kind of car you should drive, than improving your standard of living, or, you know, actually preserving that pesky old burden of liberty that we bear. It’s such a burden, liberty. We don’t know what’s best for us. Those big, bad, evil corporations are tricking us into destroying our one and only planet by allowing us to choose which of their vehicles we want to buy.
Breathing deeply. Focusing.
The story then got a little more remarkable, because the AP article from which that quote originated was scrubbed of it. Apparently, AP has done a substantial rewrite. See the Prof for the full story and the screen cap.
But that’s not why I’m posting.
In addition to the screen cap, Prof. Reynolds linked to video proof of the President’s gas-guzzle statement.
And I watched it.
Now I know exactly what it takes to sweep apathy from my brain like a tidal wave sweeping the beach: four minutes of President Obama channeling his inner Seinfeld.
Yep. President Obama, doing his best stand-up routine. I recommend that you do not press play:
Really. You don’t have to watch it. I have selflessly spared you from trauma, by meticulously transcribing the most pertinent portions (play, pause, write, repeat).
The video is from the President’s appearance at a wind turbine manufacturer on April 6th. Two minutes in, the President starts off with a reasonable enough statement:
“What we can do is increase oil production here in the United States. But here’s the thing about oil. We have about 2, maybe 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.”
Okay, fine. I also do not like the fact that we do not produce enough oil in the States to satisfy demands. Instead, we have to rely on countries that are most unreliable.
Next comes the Marxist tendencies. You know, those redistributionist, mistrusting of all things corporation-y, sounds-like-its-from-the-Communist-Manifesto-type tendencies that we Tea Party folks are crazy to even point out:
“We use 25% of the world’s oil. So . . . even if we doubled the amount of oil that we produce, we’d still be short by a factor of five. So, we can’t just drill our way out of the problem, and that’s why the second thing we can do is increase efficiency on cars and trucks, which is where most of our oil is used.”
Do you see the logic here? Our oil problem will be resolved only by consuming less, and nothing else. Note how he brings up how much of the world’s oil we so hoggishly hog? The implication here is that consuming more oil than other countries, relative to population, is a wrong in and of itself. Unfair.
Anyway, here is the
best worst bit:
“Now, I noticed some folks clapped, but I know some of these big guys, they’re still driving their big SUVs, you know, they’ve got their big monster truck and everything. [Catches eye of person in audience.] You are one of ’em? Well, now, here’s my point. You know, if you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know . . . [chuckles] . . . well. I, you may have a big family, but it’s probably not that big . . . [chuckles]. So, how many you have? Ten kids you say? Ten kids? [Long pause with humorously shocked look on his face.] Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then.
Grrr. We Amurikuns R so dumb that Obama has to explain the basic economics of miles per gallon to us. How do you like your President lecturing you in a mocking, 5th rate stand-up routine? Feel patronized yet?
Well, I do have one bit of consolation: Obama using a random audience member to make his point about owning bigger cars than you need? FAIL.
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey puts it well: “Obama fills the role of clueless aristocrat by telling a man who explains that he can’t afford to fill his gas tank at current prices that he should instead buy a new car.”
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