Obama urged his supporters to rally to his defense.
“So if you guys are talking to your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers, your aunts or uncles and they’re wondering what’s going on in terms of oil production, you just tell them anybody who suggests that somehow we’re suppressing domestic oil production isn’t paying attention,” he said.
“What you also need to tell them is anybody who says that just drilling more gas and more oil by itself will bring down gas prices tomorrow or the next day or even next year, they’re also not paying attention,” he said.
Obama lamented media coverage of his energy policies, which he says have upped oil production in the United States. “You wouldn’t know all this from listening to the television set,” he said.
Obama’s address was the third of four energy speeches that he’s giving during a two-day, four-state tour that will culminate in the critical swing state of Ohio.
He’s also dedicated his last four weekend addresses and three other speeches — in New Hampshire, Florida and Maryland — to counter rising public dislike of his energy policies.
Since Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has risen from an average of $1.79 to just over $3.88. Prices are even higher in California and in Midwestern swing states.