Obama’s Tire Gauges, Some Unhinged

Starting with The Carpetbagger Report

Atrios asked this morning, “Does anyone understand why Obama suggesting that people keep their tires properly inflated is some sort of hilarious gaffe?”

Yes, those of us NOT in the Reality Based Community Asylum do understand. Not that the RBC will get it, but, Barry is suggesting that properly inflated tires will almost completely solve our automobile energy crisis. Now THAT is funny. The delusional “WTF are you talking about?” type. The kind of laugh you get when your bud knocks the cooler over into the pond, or barfs onto the floorboard of your classic Corvette.

A practically giddy Mark Salter, the senior aide to John McCain best known for his gruffness, told the traveling press corps before takeoff Monday morning that the would be handing out copies of Barack Obama’s energy plan during flight.

Moments after the Boeing 737 was airborne, Salter swooped past the cabin-dividing curtain and gleefully handed out tire gauges that read “Obama’s Energy Plan.” The stunt pokes fun at Obama’s suggestion that American’s improve their gas mileage by filling up their tires and will be reportedly be replicated, compliments of McCain supporters, at Obama’s appearance in Michigan Monday.

And on to Time

And campaign topper Davis uses the spat in a fund-raising e-mail:“I’m asking for your help in putting Senator Obama’s ‘tire gauge’ energy policy to the test. With an immediate donation of $25 or more, we will send you an ‘Obama Energy Plan’ tire pressure gauge.”

I might have to make another donation.

Michelle Malkin comments on this being Barry’s birthday president, and wonders who will call it racist first.

Sadly, No! doesn’t get it (shocka!)

The concept is simple: the McCain campaign knows that it will never get the GOP base excited about their candidate because they hate him. Thus, the only way to inspire Winger Nation to flock to the polls in November is to conduct a Three-Month Hate against Obama by portraying him as a pansy.

Mustang Bobby, late of The Village People touring group (cheap shot), at Shakesville tries to deflect from what is, in fact, an idiotic energy plan. It’s fine advice from dear old Dad when you get your first car, but not a guy who aspires to be president. Unless it is president of Naura

I think it’s the GOP that’s running on a flat here.

Get Bobby a waaaambulance!

You can get your very own Barry Energy Plan here. Think I am going to have to donate again.

I didn’t think the original shiny tire gauge was appropriate for Barry. Fixed

Obama birthday pink tire gauge

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9 Responses to “Obama’s Tire Gauges, Some Unhinged”

  1. Silke says:

    It’s disappointing to see McCain mock Obama’s suggestion to help save energy by keeping tires properly inflated. Though it’s by no means a complete solution it really can make an immediate difference and it’s something the Department of Energy and NASCAR have urged Americans to do.

  2. You are missing the point, Silke. This is part of his energy plan, which, is great for what what Dad tells you, but not a country. He is offering nothing concrete that will provide more energy and lower costs. Pretty sad for a presidential candidate.

  3. xmarks says:

    As I understand it, Obama was asked by someone what that person could do to help control her energy expenses. Obama did something Republicans can’t, he told her fact-based truth. She can control the efficiency of her vehicle. It will cut down on her costs without affecting her lifestyle or making the oil companies rich. Of course the republicans can’t allow anyone to threaten the profits of the oil companies at the expense of some old lady, so they mock it.

    Obama has more to his energy plan and anyone can go onto his site to review it. Of course that would be facts, which might kill a republican.

  4. Silke says:

    Teach said: He is offering nothing concrete that will provide more energy and lower costs. Pretty sad for a presidential candidate.

    Yes he is, and it’s not that hard to find:


    Here’s the bottom line:

    The Bush Administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 bbl. per day by 2030. We use about 20 million bbl. per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand two decades from now. Meanwhile, efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone did, we could immediately reduce demand several percentage points. In other words: Obama is right.


  5. Been there, done that. Please don’t tell me you are buying that tripe, Silke. For someone who states they are a Conservative, you sure are getting sucked in by prettiness with little substance. His plan will provide for almost no new power.

  6. manbearpig says:

    but here is a question no one seems to be asking Obama… if I already keep my tires inflated and tune up my car on a regular schedule (which I do BTW), how does this “suggestion” help? His retort only is applicable if you don’t take care of your automobile in the first place.

  7. Silke says:

    No one is asking because the answer is self-evident. Obama’s suggestion (and by the way it is a suggestion from our own energy department) helps everyone because the more people that do it, the less fuel is used overall thus increasing the potential supply for everyone and driving down the costs.

  8. He is Dad, mbp. And like Dad when asked why the sky is blue, he never really offers any solution.

    Seriously, Silke, are you falling for this tripe of an energy plan? It’s absurd. As a suggestion to help a little, great. As a plan, to put in bluntly, it is f’ing ridiculous.

  9. Silke says:

    People taking sensible, practical steps on their own to conserve energy and improve efficiency should be part of any comprehensive energy plan. It is a straw-man argument to say this is Obama’s only solution.

    I disagree with your analogy on Dads. My Dad either answered the questions I asked or showed me how to find the answer on my own.

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