Derek Hunter

Is there anything worse than this president? I mean, maybe having worms is worse, but I never spent the night at an Occupy Wall Street camp, so I don’t know for sure. But I have had Barack Obama as my president for more than three years, and it’s been a disaster.

Seriously, if I wanted to be lied to regularly, I’d rather do a daily affirmation in the bathroom mirror than watch him tour community college gymnasiums to claim credit for what he hasn’t done and blame all his problems on someone else.

When he was running for president, then-Sen. Obama basically told people President George W. Bush owned Exxon/Mobil and Vice-President Dick Cheney’s pacemaker was a secret implant from Halliburton that contained a hidden valve to control the world’s oil supply. Now that prices have gone through the roof and he needs to hide, the president presents himself as a helpless observer at the mercy of evil oil speculators.

He’ll tell you the United States is producing more oil than ever before, but he fails to add that’s because of the drilling leases approved by the previous administrations (both Clinton and Bush), or how most of that is on private lands because he’s rejected new drilling leases on public lands at a record pace. He’s had as much to do with the oil production in this country as the number of jobs created by his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline – zero.

He’s said several times we have only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves but use 20 percent of the world’s oil.

First, who cares? We use the oil we need. We don’t buy it to set it on fire so we can make s’mores and roast weenies on a stick while telling ghost stories about “saved or created” jobs.

Second, the line is designed to mislead. Aside from being untrue (he’s talking about the oil his government will allow companies to drill, which isn’t anywhere close to all we have in this country, which he won’t let us drill), it’s like comparing apples to lobotomized Kennedy children (Google it). The first one is all the oil in the world still under ground (which, as I said, is a lie), the other is all the oil the population of the world uses. He’s carving a tiny chip off a huge number and presenting them as if they’re one in the same.

Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.