In a spectacularly failed attempt to have it both ways, President Joe Biden took to Twitter on Monday to boast about a modest decline in gas prices, as Fox News reports, despite claiming just weeks ago that he had little ability to influence fuel costs, and the post almost immediately drew fire from all corners of the political landscape and underscored why so many Democrats are hoping he does not seek a second term.
While it is true that the price at the pump has declined somewhat since the record highs reached earlier this summer, the difference is still a drop in the bucket for families who continue to be battered by inflation at every turn.
Undeterred, however, Biden touted his administration’s supposed success on social media, writing on Twitter about the lower prices, “For American families looking for a little more breathing room, these savings matter” and including a graphic that included a blatant – and as it turns out, attention-grabbing – misspelling.
“At current prices, the average driver will spend $35 less per month for one peson [sic]” or “$70 less per month for a family with two cars than they would if gas prices stayed at their peak,” the visual element read.
It did not take long for the Twitterverse to point out a number of problems with Biden’s post, not least of all his apparent attempt at a victory lap on an issue he recently said, as the New York Post noted at the time, that he had essentially no power to affect.
Nicole Russell of the Washington Examiner replied to Biden’s tweet with a simple, yet effective question, namely, “But I thought you had nothing to do with gas prices?”
Kassy Dillon of Lone Conservative was equally concise and cutting in her retort, writing, “Now do prices compared to a year ago, snake oil salesman.”
Other observers seized not just on the absurdity of Biden’s brag, but also on the embarrassing typo it contained, with Mark Hemingway of RealClearInvestigations tweeting, “Could be overthinking it b/c competence is not a Biden admin strong suit, but what are the chances typo is intentional? A way of getting people to talk about the graphic? ‘Stray voltage’ and all that.”
In the end, Biden’s error-riddled and ill-advised bid to claim credit for a price reduction that still leaves Americans massively worse off than they were before he took office is just the latest in a string of debacles that are hastening the downfall of a presidency that never should have been.