President Obama traveled today to Miama, Florida to discuss "new sources of American-made energy." Now, given the dramatic recent increase in gas prices, and given the speech's focus on energy, it was practically inevitable that Obama would have to mention the fact that Americans on average are paying $3.59 for a gallon of gas. But there was one part in particular of his speech that will likely not inspire a lot of confidence in the president's ability to fix the problem:
OBAMA : "None of the steps that I’ve talked about today is going to be a silver bullet. It's not going to bring down gas prices tomorrow. Remember: If anyone says they've got a plan for that--
OBAMA: [shrugs] I'm just saying . . .
Interestingly, at least one of the Republicans vying for Obama's office claims that he does have an immediate plan to the high cost of gas.
"Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich dangled the prospect Monday of gas as low as $2 a gallon if he's elected," the Associated Press reported earlier this week. "The former House speaker has spoken in the past of gas dropping to $2.50 a gallon under a Gingrich administration. The prediction, coming as Gingrich campaigned in Oklahoma, contrasts sharply with rival Rick Santorum, who told an Ohio audience that big-city Americans should brace themselves for $5-a-gallon gas."
UPDATE: Here's how the White House transcribed the moment:
THE PRESIDENT: "Now, none of the steps that I’ve talked about today is going to be a silver bullet. It’s not going to bring down gas prices tomorrow. Remember, if anybody says they got a plan for that -- what?"
AUDIENCE: "They're lying."
THE PRESIDENT: "I’m just saying." (Applause.)