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  • Dick Lawrence
    From the NY Times, 29-Feb Backpedaling Begins After Bush s Remark on $4 Gas By Sheryl Gay Stolberg WASHINGTON – President Bush s political strength has
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 29, 2008
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      From the NY Times, 29-Feb

      Backpedaling Begins After Bush's Remark on $4 Gas
      By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

      WASHINGTON – President Bush's political strength has always been that
      he comes off as an ordinary guy – the kind of guy you'd want to kick
      back with over a beer and a football game. But can an ordinary guy
      really not know that Americans are worried about $4-a-gallon gas?

      That's the question in Washington today, a day after Mr. Bush
      confessed that he hadn't heard of the $4 predictions, which were all
      over the news this week. For those who weren't watching Thursday's
      press conference, here is the relevant exchange, which began when
      Peter Maer of CBS News asked a seemingly innocent question:

      Q: What's your advice to the average American who is hurting now,
      facing the prospect of $4 a gallon gasoline, a lot of people facing –

      MR. BUSH: Wait, what did you just say? You're predicting $4 a gallon
      gasoline?

      Q: A number of analysts are predicting –

      MR. BUSH: Oh, yeah?

      Q: — $4 a gallon gasoline this spring when they reformulate.

      MR. BUSH: That's interesting. I hadn't heard that.

      The president went on to say that there was "a lot of economic
      uncertainty,'' but to some ears, he was beginning to sound a lot like
      his father, who lost his re-election campaign in 1992 because he was
      perceived as being out of touch on the economy.

      By Friday morning, the White House was backpedaling, as reporters
      asked spokesman Gordon Johndroe whether the president really had no
      clue that some economists were predicting $4-a-gallon gas. His reply
      sounded almost like the White House of the Reagan years, when his
      press secretaries constantly found themselves clarifying "what the
      president meant to say."

      Mr. Bush, Mr. Johndroe said, realizes that the high price of gasoline
      is a hardship for many Americans. "But the President's point,'' he
      said, "was that neither his advisors nor Energy Department analysts
      are at this point forecasting $4 a gallon gasoline.''
      Apparently word hasn't gotten to Mr. Bush's White House that in
      California, $4-a-gallon gas is already here.
    • Perry Arnett
      Let them eat cake Perry ... From: Dick Lawrence To: energyresources@yahoogroups.com Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 7:27 PM Subject: [energyresources] Bush
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 1, 2008
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        "Let them eat cake"

        Perry

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Dick Lawrence
        To: energyresources@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 7:27 PM
        Subject: [energyresources] Bush Oblivious to Estimates of $4 Gasoline


        From the NY Times, 29-Feb

        Backpedaling Begins After Bush's Remark on $4 Gas
        By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

        WASHINGTON - President Bush's political strength has always been that
        he comes off as an ordinary guy - the kind of guy you'd want to kick
        back with over a beer and a football game. But can an ordinary guy
        really not know that Americans are worried about $4-a-gallon gas?

        That's the question in Washington today, a day after Mr. Bush
        confessed that he hadn't heard of the $4 predictions, which were all
        over the news this week. For those who weren't watching Thursday's
        press conference, here is the relevant exchange, which began when
        Peter Maer of CBS News asked a seemingly innocent question:

        Q: What's your advice to the average American who is hurting now,
        facing the prospect of $4 a gallon gasoline, a lot of people facing -

        MR. BUSH: Wait, what did you just say? You're predicting $4 a gallon
        gasoline?

        Q: A number of analysts are predicting -

        MR. BUSH: Oh, yeah?

        Q: - $4 a gallon gasoline this spring when they reformulate.

        MR. BUSH: That's interesting. I hadn't heard that.

        .


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