How can this be happening, folks? I am astounded. Just yesterday, people were starving, just yesterday people were budgeting, local info babes down here on the local news were going out and camping out at gasoline stations in the economically depressed areas of town and interviewing people that drove up and these people said, “Ah, I can barely fill up. In fact I can’t fill up I’m getting half a tank and I got to walk more now.” We feel sorry for them and then the next day, “You fat slob you’re not getting enough exercise you are obese!” Then we feel sorry for them because they have to go walk because of rising gasoline prices.
So let’s go to the audio sound bites. We’ll start here with John Kerry, who starts out complaining that Bush isn’t doing enough to force OPEC to lower prices. Now, I know you’re going to scratch your heads, wait a minute, wasn’t it just two months ago that he was complaining that Bush made a secret deal with the Saudis to lower prices? He was upset about it, now he’s saying Bush isn’t doing enough with OPEC? This is why, folks, they can’t let this guy out. If anybody needs to be on a leash, it’s this guy, his own campaign needs to be the people holding the leash. Because this guy is off the reservation, a little Indian lingo there, but I don’t care. Listen to this bite. We’ve got four bites here. This is the first of the four.
KERRY: Where’s the president who, when he was campaigning for president, said in New Hampshire, what we need is a president who jawbones OPEC to lower those gas prices? Well, I haven’t seen any jawboning, have you? Bottom line, we need a president who is fighting for the American worker, the American family at the fuel pumps to lower the price of gasoline in the United States.
RUSH: I’m speechless here. So that’s what the president does, the president jawbones OPEC? We need a president who is going to make secret deals with the Saudis? It was just two months ago he was reading the Woodward book, no, Woodward doesn’t say this in the book, Woodward said it on TV, he was reacting to something Woodward said on TV. Here, listen to this.
VOICE: If, as Bob Woodward reports, it is true that gas supplies and prices in America are tied to the American election, then tied to a secret White House deal, that is outrageous and unacceptable to the American people.
RUSH: I don’t know what to do here with this. Maybe nothing. It speaks for itself. Nobody in this campaign is paying any attention to what anybody else in this campaign is saying, including the candidate. Folks, you wonder he’s not getting wide, broad media coverage, they can’t believe it. I mean they made this big deal, Kerry is out there making a big deal about a secret deal, now he’s upset that there’s no secret deal, when you boil it all down. Here’s Barbara Boxer. This is this morning on CNN’s American Morning. Solidad O’Brien is the interviewer, and the question: the average price in California, $2.31, and that’s the highest overall average, but when you see actually some of the other numbers, Santa Barbara, $3.11 a gallon, what is your plan, Senatorette Boxer, to get gas prices under control not only in your state, but across the station?” It says here anyway.
BOXER: I’ve been on this for quite a while, and I think the first thing you have to do is go back to what President Bush said before he was president, to then President Clinton when gas prices were skyrocketing. He said you’ve got to jawbone OPEC, you’ve got to tell them to open up the spigots, so we want to see presidential leadership here and forceful presidential leadership. Then we want to use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as you pointed out, Solidad, that also was done by President Clinton when the home heating oil prices went through the roof and it worked. This makes a lot of sense.
RUSH: Okay, what do we have here? We’ve got a new mantra, a new talking point, we’ve got to go jawbone OPEC, got to go jawbone OPEC. I know I don’t say this again but I’m so incredulous, I’ve got to say it again. It’s just two months ago they’re all bent out of shape because Bush may do something to lower the gasoline price via secret deals with the Saudis, and now Bush isn’t doing it, and they’re mad. Here’s Bush. We have Bush here somewhere, yes, here’s Bush. This is from his cabinet meeting today, he spoke to the press, info babe named Karen, I don’t know her last name, said: Senator Kerry has suggested opening shipments to the emergency oil reserves, your energy bill as a long-term step, what are some short-term steps that can be taken?
BUSH: If people had acted on my energy bill when I submitted it three years ago, we would be in a much better situation today. Secondly, we will not play politics with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That petroleum reserve is in place in case of major disruptions of energy supplies to the United States. The idea of emptying the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would put America in a dangerous position in the war on terror. We’re at war. We face a tough and determined enemy on all fronts. And we must not put ourselves in a worse position in this war. And playing politics with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would do just that.
RUSH: I wonder why somebody didn’t start saying, “Well, when are you going to start jawboning OPEC?” Now, there’s one other point about this. Kerry or somebody had suggested that we release 60 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. My friends, to put this in perspective — 60 million barrels would maybe, maybe get us through two days. It ain’t going to lower the price. It isn’t going to do diddly squat except to imperil the strategic petroleum reserve.
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