Senator Mike Lee recently confronted President Obama's Secretary of Energy Steven Chu about his former statements on his belief that America's gas prices need to be closer to prices in Europe. He made this statement back when gas prices in Europe were around $8 per gallon--ours currently appear to be moving towards $6 per gallon in some parts of the country.
After hearing the audio of Senator Lee's epic confrontation with Steven Chu, Glenn made the point that Senator Mike Lee was able to expose Steven Chu with the truth, "but no one will confront President Obama with the truth."
This morning on radio Glenn played audio of part of a speech President Obama gave on his energy policy, gas prices, and fuel efficiency standards on automotive manufacturers.
Here is what the President had to say:
“Because of these new standards for cars, and trucks they're going to go further and use less fuel every year, and that means pretty soon you'll be able to fill up your car every two weeks instead of every week, and over time that saves you or a typical family, about $8,000 a year.”
Really Mr. President? If the average family fills their car up every two weeks, instead of every week, they'll save $8,000 a year? Not so much--as Glenn pointed out, the average family doesn’t spend $16,000 a year on gasoline, which is how much they would have to spend for President Obama's claim to be anywhere close to accurate.
Stu points out that the average family spends around $3,000 a year,“so if their average spending $3,000 I'm not sure how they would save $8,000. Pay us $5,000 to fill our tanks?"
“But no one will question this President,” Glenn said, “No one will run with that story.”
Glenn went on to describe that no one will call the President out on the statements he makes when he is on the campaign trail, or even question how an average family could possibly be saving $8,000 a year on gasoline.
Stu also described how enthusiastically the crowd was reacting to these statements by the President. The crowd was cheering on the fact that they will be saving $8,000 a year on gas, when that’s most likely not anywhere close to what they’re spending, if they fall into the category of “an average family.”
“The crowd is not being critical at all,” Stu said. “Think about what their saying. $8,000 would be $700 a month on gas. It’s so ridiculous. What are they saying? They’re filling their tank up twenty times a month?”
Glenn, Pat and Stu all commented on how unbelievably silent the press has been on these comments.
“If this was Romney or Santorum on the campaign trail saying that, they would be obliterated by the press,” Pat said.
Glenn added on to that point, describing how they would mock any GOP candidate or elected leader who said something like that, and how it would be a top story throughout the mainstream media.