(PresidentialInsider.com)- President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) appear to be in denial about their party’s popularity with the American people.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, told reporters on Thursday that she does not believe the public is blaming Democrats for sky-high gas prices. According to her understanding, the oil companies are to blame.
While whistling past the graveyard, Pelosi concluded that Americans do not blame Democratic President Joe Biden for high prices at the gas pumps and increasing inflation. Pelosi dismissed these allegations even in the face of poll after poll that says otherwise.
Pelosi asked a reporter if they believed that the people would blame the Democrats if the Republicans stood in the way of liberating the consumer from the grip of Big Oil. She then pointed her finger at the reporter, and as she wagged it, she stated, “That’s what you believe. That’s what you believe. OK.”
Pelosi’s statements bring to mind Vice President Biden’s refusal to accept responsibility for rising gas costs. One Biden tweet last month that attempted to shift the blame to “Big Oil” was mocked by experts, with one urging that the president contact the Energy Information Administration to explain “realities to you and your team.”
In the last year, Biden’s allies in Congress worked tirelessly to raise gas prices, putting pressure on oil executives to reduce output due to climate-change fears.
During his first week in office, Biden announced the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and the imposition of a ban on new natural gas leases.
On the same day that Pelosi made her assertions, Biden also dismissed negative news about his administration and party.
President Biden declared that he was not concerned about a recession following the release of Commerce Department data showing that the GDP shrank in the first quarter of 2022, triggering worries of a recession.
The GDP figures follow inflation figures reported earlier this month, revealing a new four-decade high in March. Russia’s war in Ukraine spurred quick price increases for oil and gas, wiping out the benefits of higher earnings for most Americans.
According to a Labor Department report released earlier this month, the consumer price index jumped 8.5 percent in March from a year ago, the fastest increase since January 1982, when inflation touched 8.4 percent. The CPI, which tracks everything from gasoline to health care to groceries and rents, increased by 1.2 percent from January to February.