President Obama thrilled audiences this week when he joined in to sing a few lines of the classic, “Sweet Home Chicago,” during a blues concert at the White House.
Among those watching, but decidedly less thrilled, were national Republicans, who quickly transformed Obama’s turn with the mic into an online attack ad blaming Obama for the steep rise in gas prices nationally.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) released the spot to coincide with Obama’s Thursday speech in Miami to discuss his energy policy, in which he repeated his call for an “all-of-the-above strategy for energy,” in which the United States develops both more clean, renewable energy as well as increased domestic production of petroleum.
“You know there are no quick fixes to this problem. You know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices,” Obama says. “If we’re going to take control of our energy future and can start avoiding these annual gas price spikes that happen every year — when the economy starts getting better, world demand starts increasing, turmoil in the Middle East or some other parts of the world — if we’re going to avoid being at the mercy of these world events, we’ve got to have a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. Yes, oil and gas, but also wind and solar and nuclear and biofuels, and more.”
The RNC ad, called “Obama’s Got America Singin’ the Blues,” pokes Obama for the price of a gallon of gasoline jumping from $1.85 per gallon when he moved into the White House to an average price of astonishing $3.59 per gallon today.
YOU CAN WATCH THE RNC CLIP HERE:
Nowhere in the clip, which clocks in at a mere 16 seconds, does it mention that higher gas prices largely are due to increased demand from an improving economy and rising tensions with Iran.
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.