Inside The DubyaBubble

February 29th, 2008at 08:45pm Posted by Eli

Nooo, Dubya isn’t out of touch at all…

Dana Milbank writes in The Washington Post about Bush’s surprise upon hearing from a reporter yesterday that Americans are facing the prospect of $4 a gallon gasoline:

You could’ve knocked Bush over with a feather. “Oh, yeah? he said. “That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.”

Uh-oh. The president, once known for his common-guy skills, sounded eerily like his old man, who in 1992 appeared surprised that supermarkets had bar-code scanners. On Wednesday, the $4-a-gallon forecasts had been on the front page of the New York Times, and on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ and CBS’s ‘Early Show.’ In the days before that, the prediction — made by AAA, among others — was in the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the New York Post, the Dallas Morning News, even the Kansas City Star. The White House press secretary took a question about $4 gas at her Wednesday press briefing. A poll last month found that nearly three-quarters of Americans expect $4 gas.

Maura Reynolds, Michelle Quinn and Ronald D. White write in the Los Angeles Times:

Bush’s acknowledged unfamiliarity with the recent cost of gasoline produced some fumes at the pump.

At a Shell service station in the Bay Area city of San Mateo, the price of a gallon of regular had already reached $4.29, well above the state average of $3.42, as measured by the AAA auto club.

(…)

Roy Persinco, who filled up his Ford 250 pickup truck for $3.25 a gallon at a Santa Monica Shell station Thursday, said he spent $125 a week on gas.

“I can’t believe that an ex-oilman could be so unaware and ignorant of what is going on around him in the real world, but I’m sure his old buddies in the oil industry can tell him they’re doing just fine,” Persinco said.

I especially like the blaseness of Dubya’s reaction. Not, “Oh, that’s terrible – I have to do something about that,” but rather, “That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.” Which roughly translates to, “Boy, that sure sucks for you.”

Entry Filed under: Bush,Economy,Energy


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