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Biden claims $7 gas has ‘always been the case’ in California: ‘Bidenism at its finest’

 

By Steven Nelson

 

New York Post , October 18 ,2022

 

President Biden brushed off $7-a-gallon gas in California — saying “that’s always been the case” and confusingly linking it to housing — while getting takeout Thursday at a Los Angeles taco shop.

 

Biden said without elaboration that “housing” was “the most important thing” for gas prices, which in California actually surged 39% over the past 12 months for an average of $6.20 per gallon, according to AAA.

 

“The inflation report is out. Have you seen gas prices around here in LA? It’s 7 bucks a gallon almost,” a reporter said after Biden paid for tacos and two quesadillas.

 

“Well, that’s always been the case here,” Biden replied.

 

“You know, it’s not — what — nationwide, they came down about $1.35, and they’re still down over a dollar. But we’re going to work on — housing is the big — is the most important thing we have to do in terms of that.”

 

It’s unclear if Biden, who turns 80 next month, intended to draw a closer link between the two subjects before his reply was cut off by a different reporter’s question, but his answer attracted attention after a series of recent gaffes.

 

James Gallagher, the Republican minority leader in the California Assembly, tweeted, “Bidenism at its finest in LA today. High gas prices is a housing problem?”

 

“Biden on his ‘Where’s Jackie?’ Tour. He needs to retire,” wrote another Twitter user, referring to Biden’s gaffe this month in which he searched for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) at an event, despite publicly mourning her death eight weeks prior and even calling her family to offer condolences.

 

Gas prices historically are higher in California than other states because of relatively few local refineries and the highest state taxes and fees in the country for gasoline, at about 67 cents per gallon, according to the Tax Foundation.

 

The past-year hike in California gas prices was much steeper than the national rate, which increased less than 19% as of Thursday to $3.91 per gallon — falling from a politically bruising all-time high of over $5 per gallon in June, but inching higher recently as OPEC+ cuts production.

 

The president has made a series of confounding remarks recently — heightening scrutiny given to his comment about California gas prices.

 

Before his taco stop, the president said in a speech that he agrees with “whatever” the notoriously hotheaded Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says.

 

On Wednesday, he incorrectly said his late son Beau “lost his life in Iraq,” and that he visited the Rio Grande to see the need for land preservation, possibly confusing it with the Grand Canyon.

 

Biden claimed Tuesday that firefighters nearly died extinguishing a 2004 fire at his Wilmington, Del., house — after saying last year that he “had a house burn down with my wife in it.” The local fire department said Friday that “for the fire service, this could be considered an insignificant fire,” confirming the local fire chief’s remark at the time that it was doused within 20 minutes.

 

Last week, Biden said at a Democratic fundraiser that the Russia-Ukraine war could lead to nuclear “Armageddon” in a remark he later dialed back. One day earlier, he said into a hot mic “no one f–ks with a Biden” and two days before that, he dubiously claimed that “I was sort of raised in the Puerto Rican community at home, politically.”

 

Critics debate whether Biden, already the oldest-ever US president at 79, either is in mental decline or simply prone to misspeaking and exaggeration.

 

Biden dropped out of his first presidential campaign in 1987 due to a scandal involving plagiarism of speeches and a law school paper. Biden appropriated British politician Neil Kinnock’s description of his family history — with Biden changing some details to falsely claim that “my ancestors … worked in the coal mines of northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours.” Biden’s ancestors did not mine coal.

 

Before he dropped out of the 1988 presidential primary, Biden also falsely claimed that he “graduated with three degrees from college,” was named “the outstanding student in the political science department,” “went to law school on a full academic scholarship — the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship” and ”ended up in the top half” of his class. None of those claims was true.

 

“I exaggerate when I’m angry,” Biden explained 35 years ago, ”but I’ve never gone around telling people things that aren’t true about me.”

 

Since Biden took office as president last year, however, there’s been a lengthy list of untruths or unverifiable personal anecdotes.

 

Biden has told at least eight times as president a chronologically impossible tale involving a former Amtrak conductor to underscore his love of passenger rail — most recently last month while hosting union negotiators in the Oval Office.

 

Biden admitted last month to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that “I wasn’t arrested” trying to visit Nelson Mandela during the apartheid era, despite saying so at least three times in 2020.

 

Biden last September told Jewish leaders that he remembered “spending time at” and “going to” Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018 after the worst anti-Semitic attack in US history, in which 11 people were murdered. The synagogue said he never visited and the White House later said he was thinking about a 2019 phone call to the synagogue’s rabbi.

 

Later that month, Biden told an Idaho audience that his “first job offer” came from local lumber and wood products business Boise Cascade. The company said it was news to them.

 

In January, Biden told students at historically black colleges in Atlanta that he was arrested multiple times while protesting in favor of civil rights — another claim for which there is no evidence.

 

Biden said at the Naval Academy’s graduation ceremony in May that he was appointed to the military school in 1965 by the late Sen. J. Caleb Boggs (R-Del.). A search of Boggs’ archives failed to turn up evidence of the appointment.

 

In some recent instances, however, Biden’s confusion was apparent, including when he searched for Waloriski at an Oct. 3 event in Washington, despite lowering the White House’s flags and calling her family to express sympathy after her recent death in a car crash.

 

Biden said in a Tuesday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that he will make a final decision on seeking a second term following the Nov. 8 midterm elections. But Biden has consistently told allies he plans to run and told Tapper that “I can beat Donald Trump again.”

 

Originally Posted on  The New York Post

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