In a week when the American public was expected to thrill to an alleged 7.8 percent unemployment rate, another number was making headlines and causing headaches. Gas prices in California reached an all-time record Saturday: an average of $4.614 a gallon.

We’re not sure if this next image is Photoshopped, but the numbers hold up.

When gas prices rose to around $4 a gallon in mid-2008, then-Sen. Obama declared high gas prices “a huge problem, bordering on a crisis” to most Americans and blamed the failed energy policies of previous administrations. About that hope and change…

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The Los Angeles Times asks if record-high gas prices mean it’s time to switch to a hybrid or electric car.

Others are considering a different switch.

Could the solution be Obama Gas to go with your Obama Phone?

  • Beth

    He won’t be satisfied until all we can afford are bicycles, like every other third world country…

    • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

      … ouch, that one hurt man. And we still depend on gasoline, fyi

  • ZoriahShepard

    I watched a station here stay steady at $3.99 for weeks then overnight! soar to $4.53 and today it’s $4.59. It’s been reported (by KFI) that some people are choosing not to go to work because they can’t afford the gas. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
    And I’m sure BHO is just tickled pink.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      tickled pink? is that a dog-whistle? 😉

      • ZoriahShepard

        If not it probably is now lol

      • redheadgrl

        we’re all pink on the inside. :)

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          Eh eh eh!

    • nc

      I’m also in Southern California and, because I work close to home, I don’t have to fill up very often. So now I’m sitting at about half a tank and don’t know if I should try to wait it out as long as possible, in hopes this will break, and the prices will start to come down. Or should I fill up now, betting on the the prices climbing still higher?

      I can’t find a good reason why this is happening so severely.

      • BeeKaaay

        Peak capacity reached. Every last drop is bought at the stations.

        No new refineries in 30 years.

        Thank you environMENTALists!

        Short story why we have high gas prices.

      • LCM☝✊

        Obama wants everyone in a hybrid. So to destroy America they are jacking up gas and lowering the Unemployment Rate. Gas was $1.87 when BHO took office. So it’s high for one reason, the Democrats want it this way.

        • TitzyFritzensimmons

          Well, they have to find a way to sell those Chevy Volts beyond the ones the government orders- otherwise, no one would buy them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    how’s the price of arugula doing?

  • ZoriahShepard

    Oh and His Lameness is coming back to Los Angeles for a fundraiser. So now there will be traffic jams and high gas prices. Perhaps he should rethink his visit. Angelenos can be known to riot.

  • djvexd

    That’s Ok they will vote or allow, people who shouldn’t vote to pass a massive tax increase on gas stations in the state so that they will pay the European price. You know/… that fair share and all////

  • Ramone Love

    Oh, it doesn’t matter. We’re ‘moving forward’, remember?

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Forward into Hell.

    • SAndrews

      Luckily before we get too far forward we’ll run out of gas.

    • BeeKaaay

      We are moving ‘forward’ to 1917 Russia. :)

  • William J. Miller

    And, of course rolling back taxes (at least temporarily), and relaxing the ridiculous California environmental standards are out of the question.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Whew! I just took care of these high gas prices for myself. I properly inflated my tires.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Rabid82 Eric Ellis

    Hopefully, the upside of this is that O just lost Cali!!!

    • $1718659

      Not a chance – they have certifiable drunk the koolade. Let them suffer – they wanted this scumbag.

      • nc

        Not all of us.

      • Guest

        It’s not like New York didn’t vote for Obama, moron.

        • BossyBlonde

          Not this NY’er….unfortunately, in some states we’re outnumbered.

  • grais

    But…but…he brought the unemployment rate back down to what it was when he took office. For cryin’ out loud, what is everyone complaining about?!
    And besides…let’s not lose sight of what’s important…Big Bird! Lady Parts!

    • SAndrews

      Now if he could get gas prices back to when he took office, them maybe he’s got something.

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      When gas spiked 275% under Bush II: The Two Towers, I was told that the President couldn’t control the price of gas. Why is it different now? What changed to where Obama can now change the price of gas? And isn’t it a good time to talk about the oil companies getting 10 billion dollars of our tax money as a subsidy?

      • grais

        You might want to address your questions to someone who blames only Obama for CA’s $5/gal gas. I do not.
        And before you start spouting your ‘thoughts’ on oil co. subsidies, please have a good read:
        http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903285704576559103573673300.html

      • http://twitter.com/LJK622 L Justin King

        It’s not all of the presidents fault. It is unhinged liberalism

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          The whole point of this “article” is that it IS the President’s fault.

      • redheadgrl

        You should ask the reporters that made such a big deal of gas prices (every single day in 2nd term) under Mr. Bush, but refrain from even reporting on gas prices while Mr. Obama is in office. I think twitchy is just pointing out the media’s double standard on reporting this issue.

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          Um…you should watch something other than Fox News then. I have seen several stories on TV as well as websites about the cost of fuel. The double standard is in your mind.

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            At least the oil companies actually succeed and give us something for our money. Unlike the Sock Puppet Fail Call:

            Kate Adams, a member of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, and Heritage’s Rachael Slobodien compiled a list of the 12 members of the Green Graveyard—companies that received taxpayer money for green initiatives yet have filed for bankruptcy.Abound Solar (Loveland, Colorado), manufacturer of thin film photovoltaic modules.Beacon Power (Tyngsborough, Massachusetts), designed and developed advanced products and services to support stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid operation.Ener1 (Indianapolis, Indiana), built compact lithium-ion-powered battery solutions for hybrid and electric cars.Energy Conversion Devices (Rochester Hills, Michigan/Auburn Hills, Michigan), manufacturer of flexible thin film photovoltaic (PV) technology and a producer of batteries and other renewable energy-related products.Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Marlborough, Massachusetts), manufactured and installed solar panels.Mountain Plaza, Inc. (Dandridge, Tennessee), designed and implemented “truck-stop electrification” technology.Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsens Mills Acquisition Co. (Berlin, Wisconsin), a private company producing ethanol.Range Fuels (Soperton, Georgia), tried to develop a technology that converted biomass into ethanol without the use of enzymes.Raser Technologies (Provo, Utah), geothermal power plants and technology licensing.Solyndra (Fremont, California), manufacturer of cylindrical panels of thin-film solar cells.Spectrawatt (Hopewell, New York), solar cell manufacturer.Thompson River Power LLC (Wayzata, Minnesota), designed and developed advanced products and services to support stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid operation.

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            Here’s some figures too. You add it up.
            Solar:Solyndra Solar, $535 million DOE loan, bankrupt
            Evergreen Solar, $5.3 million loan, bankruptSpectra Watt, bankrupt
            Energy Conversion Devices and United Solar Ovonic or UniSolar, bankrupt
            Amonix, laid off employees, losing money, stock held by Warren Buffet
            SunPower, stock price has fallen greatly
            Abound Solar, laid off nearly half of employees, Fitch rated highly speculative investment, DOE loaned it $400 million
            NRG Energy, solar, wind, electric vehicle, stock price less than half of 2008 price, $1.2 billion DOE loan.
            First Solar, stock price less than 10% of 2008 high, fallen badly since early 2011, DOE loans of $5.35 billion
            Bright Source, withdrew IPO
            Battery and Electric Vehicle:
            Mountain Plaza Inc., truck stop electrification, bankrupt, $10 million loan from state of Wisconsin under Recovery Act
            A123 Systems, batteries, $300 million from Recovery Act, $135 million from state of CA, verge of bankruptcy
            EnerDel and Ener1, Lithium ion batteries, $118.5 million of DOE grant, bankrupt
            Beacon Power, energy storage, $43 million DOE loan, bankrupt
            Fisker Automotive, electric vehicles, made only 40 cars two years late in Finland, only 40 mile range, $7500 tax credit with vehicle purchase
            Tesla Motors, electric vehicles, DOE loans of $465 million, $7500 tax credit with car purchase
            GM Chevy Volt, suspended production, layoffs, failure to meet production goals, $7500 tax credit with purchase
            Bright Automotive, hybrid fleet trucks, bankrupt, claimed DOE told them they were close to winning $450 million loan for 3 years, counted on Obama pledge to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015
            GeothermalNevada Geothermal Power, Harry Reid favorite, $98.5 million DOE loan, $66 million in grants, struggling, auditor says “significant doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”
            Storage of Corn for Ethanol:Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Co. (bankrupt, $10 million loan)

          • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

            That doesn’t offset the 10 billion per year that the oil companies get.

          • redheadgrl

            Tee hee. You are funny. I turned my TV off. Didn’t even bother to get one of those free digital antenna things the government was offering. Nice try.
            “I have seen several stories on TV as well as websites about the cost of fuel”: Have you seen reports linking the high cost of fuel to Mr. Obama or this administration’s policies as they were with Mr. Bush in his 2nd term? THAT is the double standard I was referring to, not just the reporting of high fuel costs. Please try to understand the point I was making before getting all snarky on me.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            CNN, MSNBC, ThinkProgress, and all those other sites don’t count if FOX doesn’t count for us.

    • smmy33

      You forget to mention the unemployment rate is only 7.8% only because there are 12 million Americans out of work and stopped looking and stopped being accounted by the government, then add the 23 million who can’t find a full time job and are working part time service jobs…..

      Then note that while the private sector unemployment rate is 11% , government / public sector is 5.4 % so if Obama is reelected he’s on his way of turning American into Spain, Greece were before their collaspe more people worked for the government then in the private ecomny… Too bad they ran out of money , they don’t have The Feds who are just printing money and buying 80% of our debt… Until like sub prime scans that to crashes taking the the America with it.

    • smmy33

      You forget to mention the unemployment rate is only 7.8% only because there are 12 million Americans out of work and stopped looking and stopped being accounted by the government, then add the 23 million who can’t find a full time job and are working part time service jobs…..

      Then note that while the private sector unemployment rate is 11% , government / public sector is 5.4 % so if Obama is reelected he’s on his way of turning American into Spain, Greece were before their collaspe more people worked for the government then in the private ecomny… Too bad they ran out of money , they don’t have The Feds who are just printing money and buying 80% of our debt… Until like sub prime scans that to crashes taking the the America with it.

  • Glenn Mayton

    You idiots did it to yourselves. Stop being stupid. It’s just that simple.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Gas dropped to roughly $1.49 a gallon here at the last of Bush’s Administration.
    Our lowest gas prices are roughly: REGULAR $3.64/gallon, MIDGRADE $3.75/gallon, PREMIUM $3.75/gallon, and DIESEL $4.09/gallon.

    I bet a swarm of Californians are going to swoop in and buy all our gas like they have done in the past. Ugh. Good thing our cars are gassed up. They get about 40-41 miles per gallon too. 😀

    Some Liberals might say “Oh just buy a hybrid!” Fine, you give me the money and I will!

    Obama has failed America and he’s GOT TO GO!

    • TitzyFritzensimmons

      It would be cheaper to fire Obama than to keep on paying $4.59 per gallon or more.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        I plan on helping him get fired.

  • Sketti

    I heard Obama just sign an executive order that gas will now be sold in ounce increments instead of gallons. It’s part of his new recovery plan “can’t fix the problem, fix the numbers”. I guess $10 per 128 ounces sounds like a better deal!

  • BeeKaaay

    Gas prices are high for one reason and one reason only:

    We have NOT built a single new refinery in the past 30 years.

    Why?

    Because the environMENTAL movement was key in making sure no new refineries are ever built again. Thanks to lawsuits, environmental regs, and THEM PUSHING the government to enforce them regs hard, nobody can open a refinery in the USA.

    So we are now at peak capacity. Every single drop of gas is purchased, there is ZERO room for error. Every time someone sneezes at a refinery, gas prices jump 5 cents.

    Oh, and on top of this, BIG OIL is giving MILLIONS to the EnvironMENTALists.

    They’re not enemies. They’re in bed together.

    • James Atkins

      This is certainly all true. Rising gas prices are also one of the first indicators of inflation. You simply can’t print all the money this administration has and hold off inflation forever. There is a reason why gas prices have never fallen to 2007-2008 levels and they never will.

    • TexasMom2012

      Not entirely true about the refineries. Not enough have been built to keep up with population growth but I know that Marathon doubled the capacity of their refinery outside of New Oreleans within the last few years because hubby was on project and actually lived there a year while winding up the project. Of course this is the Gulf Coast not the Left Coast!

      • BeeKaaay

        Increasing capacity is not the same as building new refineries.

        Being able to squeeze another 10% is one thing, able to get 100% more by building a new one is another.

  • Love of Country

    Hey Cali, don’t elect a POTUS who wants gasoline at 8 dollars a gallon and electricity rates to necessarily skyrocket and then feign surprise at high gas prices and soaring electric bills, mkay? …. It makes you look really, really stupid!

    http://www.redstate.com/williamjameson/2011/01/20/obamas-energy-sec-wants-7-to-9-unleaded-gas-prices/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTxGHn4sH4

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      And yet, you elected Bush II: Electric Boogaloo twice. Gas and electricity skyrocketed under him. Gas went up 275% during his last term alone. And you call people electing Obama stupid? Really?

      • $26626485

        I will happily pay the 1.67 a gal I paid in my part of the country when he was president and the 125.00 a month elec not the 289.00 I pay now. Every single Obama voter makes me sick !

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Well, not just Sock Puppet. Gov. Choom in Cal. bears a large part of the responsibility as well.

        BTW, Bush has nothing to do with current gas prices, but — no, I won’t even give you a “nice try” for that. That’s just pathetic.

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          Neither does Obama.

  • operanerd1986

    Gas here in the Chicago suburbs is currently $3.99/gallon. It was higher at one point in the summer; I think its highest price was $4.39/gallon or so. After seeing the $5.49/gallon for regular gas, I don’t think I have any right to complain.

  • Russ

    If the idiot Gov. Brown would just suspend or even better do away with the retarded ass “Special Blend” we could be paying here what the rest of the country pays…. or maybe we could build some more refineries so 1 refinery fire and 1 pipeline doesn’t destroy our supply… #jackass

  • tjp77

    The idea is to get people to give up their cars. Cars equal independence and independence is bad.

    Once people can’t afford their own cars anymore, they’ll look to –who else?– the government for help getting around. And liberals will finally be able to fulfill their wet dream of a massive national public transportation system.

    Of course, people won’t be able to go wherever they want anymore, they’ll have to go where the liberal central planners decide to build transportation hubs. Which means more people will have to move out of rural and suburban areas and into larger metropolitan areas — something the central planners also love, as they’ve been deeply disdainful of rural and suburban America for a very long time now. It’s much easier to engineer the perfect utopian society with everyone in one place.

    Driving up gas prices is just the first step in making it happen.

    • TexasMom2012

      Yep it will be Huxley’s Brave New World where most are concentrated in urban centers and the rest on reservations…

  • http://twitter.com/retiredfirecapt Scott

    Fire Obama and as many @SenateDems as possible in November!

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    YES WE CAN!!!!

  • redheadgrl

    Wow. Econ is hard. Increased demand without the ability to increase supply = higher prices. CA residents should thank their wonderful state legislature for the “special blend” that is only required in CA, and don’t forget to thank them for not allowing new refineries to be built.

  • Michelle

    NOT a fan of Obama’s and how he almost always gets away with things that Bush was crucified over, but I am a fan of accuracy and whole truths. The reason the gas prices in CA skyrockets is because our supply of summer blend (gas with a lower vapor pressure during hot temps) ran out and the problem was compounded by a refinery fire in NoCal, a pipeline shutdown in Central CA and the biggest refinery in SoCal losing power for 4 days. Granted, the high national average of gas is something Obama should answer for considering the Dems slammed Bush around for it, but to be honest and fair – the gas price spike in CA the past few weeks was a problem with supply. Gas stations closed (temp) because they had no gas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Warren/100001648091118 Stephanie Warren

    obama themed gas stations are probably the mot expensive ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Warren/100001648091118 Stephanie Warren

    obama themed gas stations are probably the mot expensive ones.