Comparing the president to Marie Antoinette, Ed Morrissey quips, “Obama fills the role of clueless aristocrat by telling a man who explains that he can’t afford to fill his gas tank at current prices that he should instead buy a new car.”
Um, uh, Mr. President, don’t you realize that someone having trouble paying for the increased cost of gasoline might also lack the resources to buy a new automobile. The price tag on such vehicles tends to run higher than it is to fill up one’s tank — even to fill it up regularly over the course of five, six or even seven years.
In case you hadn’t heard of the out-of-touch president’s latest “gaffe”, here’s Ed’s summary:
While speaking to a crowd in Pennsylvania, Obama scoffed at the notion of high gas prices and told the peasants voters that if gas prices were too high, then maybe they should eat cake instead buy new cars instead:
Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.
“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”
Ed notes further that if, “the press reported it, the retort would prove rather embarrassing — which may be why the Associated Press scrubbed it from their coverage of the event.