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posted: 7/25/2014 12:01 AM

Obama didn't invent $4-per-gallon gas

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Obama didn't invent $4-per-gallon gas

The author of the July 18 letter, "Time to stop Bush blame game," would like to blame President Obama for prices at the gas pump. He says, "When Bush left office, gas was $1.88 a gallon. Now gas is $3.75."

For a little perspective, I suggest a column by Stephen Dinan in the Washington Times, Jan. 6, 2009. He provides the following information: The lowest national average gas price during the Bush Administration was $1.04 per gallon in December of his first year as president. Thereafter, prices rose past $4 per gallon in June and July of his last year as president. By December of that same year, the price had tumbled below $1.80 as the world economy "tanked." I would like to suggest that President Bush would probably not like to take credit for that gas price.

Lest we forget, President-elect Obama didn't create the recession, he inherited it; He didn't "invent" $4 gasoline. That was "patented" in the previous administration.

Donald G. Westlake


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