During the 2012 presidential primaries, many campaign promises were made and many were ridiculed and mocked. Among those was a statement Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) made back in 2011 when she stated:
“The day that the President became President, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today. Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.”
At the time, the average price of a gallon of gas in the US was $3.58 and her 2011 statement was constantly thrown at her in 2012 until she finally withdrew from the primaries.
Bryan Walsh, a senior writer for Time, wrote a scathing critique of Bachmann’s proclamation which was posted on Aug. 18, 2011. In that post he leveled a harsh criticism when he stated:
“Now, there are a few things wrong with this. For one, the $1.79-a-gallon figure that Bachmann cites is from December 2008, before Barack Obama actually took office. (When Obama was inaugurated, gas cost $1.81 — not a big difference, I know, but how hard would it have been to get the right figure? The data are right here.) More important, though, is the reason that gas was — comparatively speaking — so cheap a few years ago. It wasn’t because the U.S. was suddenly pumping more oil, or because the Saudis had decided to flood the market, or because the head of ExxonMobil lost his mind and started to give all Americans a 2-for-1 deal on gas. The U.S. — and the world — was in the depths of the worst recession since the 1930s, depressing demand for everything from data centers to electricity to driving. It’s Econ 101: precipitous falls in demand usually trigger precipitous falls in price, which is what happened to gas prices, dropping from a high of $4.05 a gallon in mid-July 2008 to a low of $1.69 a gallon at the end of December that year. If you see sub-$2-a-gallon gas again, I strongly suggest that you stock up on bottled water and canned tuna, because the economic end times may be at hand.”
In May 2013, Bachmann announced that she would not seek re-election to the House, meaning that today is her last day in Congress. (Normally the new Congress is sworn in on Jan. 3, but last month the swearing in was moved to Jan. 6, 2015.) But before leaving office, Bachmann proudly posted a photo of her on her Twitter account. The photo showed a gas station sign reading unleaded $1.98. With the photo, she tweeted:
“$2 gas, anyone?”
If I were Bachmann, I would have tweeted that it was time for Walsh to start stocking up on bottled water and canned tuna.
Walsh wasn’t the only one to mock Bachmann back in 2011. MSM and other mainstream media followed Walsh’s example and blasted Bachmann for making such an outlandish promise. Mark Finkelstein of Newsbusters recently came to Bachmann’s defense writing:
“So who’s crazy now? In 2011, the MSM mercilessly mocked Michele Bachmann for saying that if she became president, gas prices would fall to under $2/gallon. … But on CBS This Morning, there was top oil analyst Tom Kloza, saying that by Christmas, gas prices would be in the range of … $1.99-2.29.”
“So who’s crazy now, and where does Bachmann go to get her apology from the MSM that so mercilessly mocked her?”
If you are one of those who keep score on campaign promises, I think this makes it Bachmann -1; Barack Obama – 0.