Turnabout and Fair Play

Carol Platt Liebau

2/22/2011 8:20:38 PM - Carol Platt Liebau
Back during the presidential campaign, then-Candidate Obama railed against rising gas prices, blaming President Bush.

If President Bush was responsible then, presumably President Obama is responsible now, when gas prices are the highest they've been in February since 1990 -- that's 21 years, folks.

Ever helpfully riding to the rescue on behalf of Barack Obama, in contrast to the Bush-bashing of recent years, the media blames the price increases on Middle East turmoil.

True, perhaps, in part.  But there are also five good reasons that gas prices were almost inevitably going to rise under an Obama presidency.  Presumably, President Obama wanted and believed that President Bush could employ policies that would lower gas prices, which means that he can do the same today.

Let's see how that works out, shall we? It's always an ugly turnabout when a President has to live with his rhetoric as a candidate -- especially when the criticism wasn't fair in the beginning.