Obama Manages To Piss Off Everyone With His Glaring Insincerity
President Barack Obama sought to defuse Republican attacks over his blocking of the Keystone XL pipeline amid soaring gas prices today, but his latest attempt at a compromise came under fire from friends and foes alike.
At a Cushing, Okla., event, Obama made his strongest statements yet in support of more oil drilling and more pipelines as part of his energy strategy.
“Today, I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done,” Obama said, referring to the southern end of the Keystone pipeline, against a backdrop of pipeline sections ready to be installed. The full pipeline would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
“The northern portion of it we’re going to have to review properly to make sure that the health and safety of the American people are protected,” he said. “That’s common sense.”
Obama’s decision to come to Cushing, a key interchange for oil and gas pipelines, was derided by Republicans, who accused the president of pretending to support oil and gas while continuing to throw roadblocks in the way.
“The only recent action the president has taken on energy involved lobbying Senators, personally and successfully, to prevent construction of the Keystone pipeline,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said. “Yet today he’s out in Oklahoma trying to take credit for a part of the pipeline that doesn’t even require his approval.”