Brandon just got back from his trip to beg the sheiks of Saudi Arabia to pump more oil to keep prices lower for American consumers, a trip made more ridiculous even than it sounds at first glance thanks to Biden’s heated, anti-Saudi rhetoric, his administration’s hostility to American energy producers, and the lack of any reason for the Saudi’s to go along with what Biden wants given his attempts to strike a deal with Iran and the fact that they make more money when prices are higher.
And, unsurprisingly, it doesn’t really appear to have worked. The Saudis will do as they please, particularly when Biden is the dimwitted American they’re dealing with.
But that didn’t stop Biden from using his Twitter account to start patting himself on the back about the recent dip in gas prices, making a small price correction in the still sky-high price of gas sound like a major victory for the American consumer and his administration.
On Friday the 22nd, for example, Biden said:
Gas prices have declined by an average of 60 cents per gallon over the past 38 days.
Five straight weeks of gas prices coming down.
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That sounds good, except that gas was falling from a shockingly high $5 a gallon mark, meaning that even if the price has fallen somewhat, fuel is still painfully expensive for the average American consumer that can’t send a son to collect cash from the Red Chinese.
But Biden didn’t cut it out with the self-congratulatory tweets.
Most recently, for example, he posted an absurd graphic about how much the average American is “saving” right now compared to when prices were at their peak a few weeks ago, including a caption saying “For American families looking for a little more breathing room, these savings matter.”
For American families looking for a little more breathing room, these savings matter. pic.twitter.com/IdDv2JGXAD
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 25, 2022
Ignored is how much Americans would be saving if gas prices were at the level they were during Trump’s presidency, before the price rocketship took off under Biden.
Biden also updated his July 22nd tweet when prices fell another nickel, saying “Make that 65 cents down over 40 days.”
It’s good that prices are down, obviously, and every little bit helps, but another nickel of a dip when prices skyrocketed is hardly a celebration-worthy victory.
Oh, and he blamed refiners for high prices, saying:
Recently, we’ve gotten a lot of good news on gas prices. But that doesn’t change the fact that industry’s margins are much higher than what’s typical for this time of year. Oil prices are dropping, gas prices should too.
Apparently, “a lot of good news” is now a synonym for “things are now slightly less horrible than they were a bit ago, but are still absolutely horrific in comparison to how they were under my predecessor.”
Conservative commentator Tim Young, commenting with what many Americans likely feel, said “Wow… now it’s only up about $2 more than it should be because of you! 🤡”
So maybe Biden can get back to us when prices fall by those two dollars rather than giving nickel by nickel updates.