Press creating Obama blame news - high gas prices
The latest headlines declaring voters blaming the President of high gas prices can be traced to how the press spins the story. If the press spoke with economists, they would educate the public that fuel prices will continue to rise until alternatives are established. That is what the president has said since day 1 in office. A distracted and unproductive Congress has failed to properly address the transformation.
Taking it out on the President is just a way for the press to spark an issue for the campaign trail, I think.
Voters aren’t that stupid, though they are truly not satisfied with the economy. Getting mad at the pump is their reaction.
“Voters blame president for gas prices, experts say not so
By Steven Mufson, Published: March 12
How much does the president have to do with the price of gasoline?
A lot, say American voters. According to oil experts and economists, not so much — at least in the short term.
Today’s oil prices are the product of years and decades of exploration, automobile design and ingrained consumer habits combined with political events in places such as Sudan and Libya, anxiety about possible conflict with Iran, and the energy aftershocks of last year’s earthquake in Japan.
“This notion that a politician can wave a magic wand and impact the 90-million-barrel-a-day global oil market is preposterous,” said Paul Bledsoe, strategic adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former Clinton administration official.”