Obama is the baron of benchmarks. His administration is always topping itself — in terms of its deficiencies, that is. And comparing his presidency to Jimmy Carter’s has become something of a chore.
This time, it involves gas prices, which are reaching $5 a gallon in parts of the country. Specifically, both presidents watched gas prices double during their first term in office. But, as usual, Obama is a one-upper.
Under the Carter administration, gas prices increased by 103.77 percent. Gas prices since Obama have risen by 103.79 percent. No other presidents in the last couple decades have struggled as much with soaring oil prices. Under Reagan, gas prices actually dropped 66 percent. When Bill Clinton was president, gas prices grew by roughly 30 percent, and under both Bush presidencies, gas prices rose by 20 percent.
Of course, it’s not Obama’s fault. It never is. In fact, the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline — in some befuddling way – was the Republicans’ fault.