Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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George H.W. Bush was unfairly characterized as being “out of touch” with ordinary Americans when he supposedly didn’t know anything about a grocery store scanner. That story is a myth the MSM never corrected (how convenient!), and it helped sink Bush’s re-election campaign in 1992. But even if it were true, our current young and hip president continually trumps the old man in the out-of-touch sweepstakes.
The latest entry: Barack Obama’s interaction with a guaranteed-friendly town hall attendant at a speech in the aptly named Fairless Hills, Pa. The gentleman was concerned about rising gas prices, now more than $4 a gallon in many places. And this was Obama’s response, according to the Associated Press account:
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.”
“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”
Before we break this down further, you might have noticed that my link to the AP’s account of this exchange linked to Big Journalism. There’s a reason for that. As the Big Journalism reporter explains:
… [the AP] changed the headline of the article and removed the offending section above.
Fortunately, the indispensable Instapundit grabbed a screenshot of the original story the AP sent over the wires. That’s what I love about the new media’s monitoring of the old media. The latter can’t just shove politically inconvenient stuff down the memory hole. Though they still (pathetically) try.
So let’s break down the response from this former community organizer — a man who would never deny that he is out of touch with the people. A constituent asks the president about these rising gasoline prices, which have more than doubled since Obama took office. And our president’s reaction is to laugh. The MSM made up a myth about Old Man Bush, and cover up a truthful reaction by Obama. Draw your own conclusions.
Here’s a clip of Obama talking to that guy besieged by rising gas prices. The president even makes fun of how many kids he has.
So, our president doesn’t believe the guy when he says how many kids he has. And, as he realizes that the guy is serious, his response is to mock him for his (obviously irresponsible) choices and make a joke, saying he should get a “hybrid van.” Ha ha ha. Yes. That’s the ticket. Since you can’t un-do how many kids you’ve had, trade in all your cars for vehicles that cost three times that. And if you can’t afford it … well, it’s something to laugh about (this time even more derisively).
Remember: This was an event to make Obama look good. If this doesn’t redline one’s BS and “out of touch” detectors, I don’t know what will.
Obama presumes that the poor fella drives a car that gets “8 miles a gallon.” Unless he’s driving a tank or a “monster truck” to take his kids to school — or perhaps a 1978 Pontiac Bonneville — he’s not getting 8 miles a gallon. He’s getting at least twice that. And it still hurts when today it costs him double to run routine errands in his vehicle than when Obama took office. Tough luck, dude. Suck it up, and do what Obama says. Only then might he approve of your lifestyle.
And Bush the Younger’s “You’re doing a heck of a job, Brownie” is still the standard for “a president doesn’t get it” rhetoric? Please.