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Obama in 2006: 'Easiest Thing in the World' Is to Attack Oil Companies

7:01 PM, Apr 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama today attacked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his close ties to oil companies. 

"President Barack Obama's campaign is launching a new television ad defending the president's energy policies and seeking to tie Republican Mitt Romney to the oil industry," the AP reports. "Obama's second ad of the presidential campaign followed a similar one by Democratic group Priorities USA Action that argues the oil industry is trying to help Romney win the White House to protect its own profits and tax breaks.

But in 2006, appearing on C-Span to discuss his book, Obama, then only a senator, criticized exactly this sort of cheap political rhetoric:

“People want serious answers to these problems," Obama said. "If you’re going to talk about energy for example. The easiest thing in the world is to look at Exxon Mobil’s profits last quarter and say these folks are making $36 billion in one quarter, the CEO is making $500 million, and gas prices are high and we’re getting gouged. That may be sufficient because it does describe the degree to which the powerful have made out like bandits over the last several years. That may be sufficient to get us through this election, but after the election, people then are going to say, ok smart guy, what are we going to do about energy?”

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