WASHINGTON – President Obama gave a truly fascinating Weekly Address today. After criticizing Rutherford B. Hayes earlier this week for not “looking forward”, today he took a subtle shot at the plot of the first Superman movie when he credited the US for not trying to reverse the forward progression of time.
So that’s the choice we face – the past, or the future. And America is what it is today because we have always placed our bets on the future.
Earlier, in a shocking admission, Obama stated that, as a candidate in 2008, he had an unserious energy plan that was only intended to gain votes:
…any career politician who promises some three-point plan for two-dollar gas – they’re not looking for a solution. They’re just looking for your vote.
This seemed to be a reference to the three-point plan he laid out in a 2008 campaign ad:
“Barack Obama thinks high gas prices deserve serious answers and a serious plan,” says a narrator in this ad. “Crack down on oil speculators, raise mileage standards and fast-track alternative fuels.”
In another interesting move, Obama cited his approach to energy markets as an example for how to address illegal immigration:
The Wall Street reforms I signed into law are helping bring energy markets out of the shadows and under real oversight.
Finally, in a bizarre move that even left Miss Cleo scratching her head, the president looked into a crystal ball and started describing the year 2024. He made specific prophecies on engine technology, the price of gas, and the driving habits of “typical” futuristic families.
…by the middle of the next decade, our cars will average nearly 55 miles per gallon. That’s nearly double what they get today. That means you’ll only have to fill up every two weeks instead of every week. And that will save the typical family more than $8,000 over the life of the car – just by using less gas.