LARGO, Md. (WJZ)—As gas prices continue to soar, President Barack Obama comes to Maryland to try to cap the political fallout. The president spoke out about his energy policies in Prince George’s County on Thursday.

Mary Bubala has the story.

As President Obama told the Maryland crowd at Prince George’s Community College that drilling is not the solution to driving down high gas prices, the price of gasoline crept up at a Baltimore gas station to just 5 cents off the $4 mark.

GOP candidates are blaming the president for the sharp rise in gas prices.

WJZ’s Pumpwatch shows the national average for a gallon of regular is at $3.82. That’s up a penny from Wednesday.

Obama says any politician who offers a quick solution to cheap gas isn’t telling the truth.

“There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices,” President Obama said. “There is no silver bullet. Anyone who tells you differently isn’t looking for a solution. They are trying to ride the wave of the political moment.”

The president told the Maryland crowd that the United States is actually producing more oil than at any time in the past eight years. But that still isn’t bringing down prices at the pump, so will President Obama pay come Election Day?

“Maybe he could be doing more,” said Erin Lehner, of Baltimore.

“Since he is the president at this time I would imagine he has some kind of influence on what happens with the oil,” said Jackie Jackson, of Baltimore.

“No way is it Obama’s fault,” said Adolf Scott, of Baltimore.

Scott says the price of gas will not influence his vote come November. But as he pumped gas, he watched the price closely.

“I can’t afford to fill up,” Scott said.

President Obama said his energy policy is focusing on new sources of clean energy and fuel efficiency in cars.

The highest gas prices were actually recorded before President Obama took office in July of 2008. At that time it was $ 4.11.

Comments (7)
  1. concerned citizen says:

    Peter you just couldn’t resist could you?

  2. peter o neil says:

    Concerned citizen, You bet , especially when it’s the truth.

  3. Dallas says:

    The United States Navy has been doing research and testing for the use of algae based bio-fuels for the past several years.

    According to Nancy Houser (2011), of, “Obviously, while Congress has been complaining that President Obama has been sitting around doing nothing.
    With or without the approval of Congress, Obama has not only been building jobs for American citizens to build biofuel but also for the United States to become independent from high-priced overseas oil companies. They should have more “do nothing” jobs like that.
    “It will support development of a new, rural-focused industry that will replace imported crude oil with secure, renewable fuels made here in the U.S,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

    Read more:

  4. ballsohardclub says:

    The problem with all these secretarys of various cabinet posts is that they will alll be gone back into private practice sucking the tax dollars fro us whn they leave for a private company. It;s nothing but a f….k’g sham.

  5. Denise Ware says:

    I was present at the College during his speech and it was wonderful. He spoke from the heart and not as a politician. Thank you for showing support for Community College so that we can get America back in the workforce with the programs we offer.

    1. ballsohardclub says:

      Denise, You are drinking the liberal kool aid again. Bet you’re wide eyed & in your twenties buying in. If not, you’re stupid & black.

    2. Gary says:

      Was it wonderful? Was he speaking from the heart? Dont be fooled. The man has been saying the same things for 3 years. Obama does not want gas prices to come down. If they do he cant get your money to invest in other energy projects. Which will fail because government can not run a busniess. The only time a politician speaks from the heart is when he wants more money and even then its not from the heart. They all lie to us all the time. Dont you forget that….For Obama its all about the money and the power, he could care less about you.

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