Obama in 2008 (YouTube)
Well, he would know.
Some Republicans and enterprising journalists drilled, baby, drilled into old videos of then-candidate Obama and found evidence that he wasn't immune to the appeal of pumping painful petroleum prices for political profit.
"For the well-off in this country, high gas prices are mostly an annoyance, but to most Americans they're a huge problem bordering on a crisis." Obama says in one notable video from April 25, 2008, which shows the future president speaking behind a podium at a gas station in Indianapolis.
The communications director for the Indiana Republican Party, Pete Seat, linked to the video on his Twitter feed, www.twitter.com/peteseat.
"Obama says 'some politicians' see 'higher gas prices as a political opportunity' - he's very self-aware ..." Seat quipped.
Over at BuzzFeed, ace forensic hyperlinker Andrew Kaczynski dug up some more examples.
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