Energy Independence: Episode LXVIII

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His Excellency, the Mahatma Obama, has declared the United States [sic] is going to pursue “energy independence.

Saying the nation has arrived at a “crossroads,” [Obama] declared: “It will be the policy of my administration to reverse our dependence on foreign oil while building a new energy economy that will create millions of jobs.”

I’m too young to remember Richard Nixon doing this, though I was alive at the time, and Gerald Ford may not have been regent long enough to actually say he would do this. But Jimmy Carter did, as did Ronald Reagan, as did Clinton and both Bushes. This, along with bombing someplace, seems to be a regular right of passage of each American “el presidente” at some point in his term(s). Obama’s twist is adding the global warming thingy.

Does anyone — I mean, anyone anywhere? — take this seriously? Aside from the press, which has breathlessly reported this as if no American president has ever spoken these words before.

(As an aside, it’s hard to feel sorry for the American auto industry being ordered to make more fuel efficient cars. Normally, when you demand someone give you money, they have a reason to demand how you spend it.)

6:07 pm on January 26, 2009