Obama's 'Let them eat cake' moment deep sixed by media

As gasoline prices soar, while domestic oil production struggles under regulatory and permitting burdens imposed by the Obama administration,  the American public is suffering, and so are Obama's reelection prospects. The sad fact is that Obama wants high energy prices.

"Under my plan of cap and trade plan makes electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket"'; "coal powered plants, natural gas, you name it..whatever the plants were...they will have to retrofit their operations..that will cost money and they will have to pass those costs onto consumers"

In 2008, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar indicated he would still oppose a measure to open up offshore areas to new oil and natural gas drilling even if gasoline prices reached $10 a gallon.

Yesterday, speaking to a crowd in Pennsylvania, responding to a question about high gasoline prices, the mask slipped, and Obama revealed how out of touch and arrogant he is.:

"If you're complaining about the price of gas and you're only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know," Obama said laughingly. "You might want to think about a trade-in."

This is truly a "let them eat cake" moment. People struggling to pay for gasoline rarely have the resources to buy a new car. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air points out that "the last time anyone drove an 8-MPG vehicle that didn't include a half-track was in the mid-1970s." When do suppose the last time was that Obama filled the tank on his own car?

The media, hwoever, are covering up this stunning comment by Obama. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit published a screen shot of the original AP story on the event, which included the "let them eat cake" comment.  

Soon, however, the editors at AP realized their man was not looking good here, and they cut the reference, with the result that few newspapers and other media picked up on it.  Ed Morrissey:

A search for "If you're complaining about the price of gas and you're only getting 8 miles a gallon" turned up 26 hits last night at 7:15 pm ET, most of them Associated Press links or links to their affiliates. In each of those, the quote was removed in later editing.

Despite his media brigade covering for him, Obama's high energy/low employment policies are hurting poor people and minorities the most, and black and Hispanic approval levels for him are falling.

Hat tip: Ed Lasky
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