Biden Says High Gas Prices Part of 'Incredible Transition'

Headline Roundup May 24th, 2022

President Joe Biden's Monday remarks about inflation and gas prices were framed very differently by left- and right-rated news sources.

At a press conference, Biden was asked if Americans should expect a recession amid historically high inflation and record-breaking gas prices. Biden said U.S. economic issues are "less consequential than the rest of the world has because of our internal growth and strength," and added that "when it comes to the gas prices, we're going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it's over, we'll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels." Biden also said high gas prices "would be a matter of great discussion at my kitchen table when I was a kid growing up. It's affecting a lot of families." The average price of a regular gallon of gas in the U.S. is $4.598 as of Tuesday, an all-time high.

The comments made more headlines on the right than the left. Many news outlets on the right highlighted Biden's "incredible transition" remark as evidence that he supports high gas prices as a way to phase out gas-powered cars, and framed that purported position as being out of touch with average Americans. Reports from left-rated outlets, such as one from CNN, framed Biden as more sympathetic to consumers, and focused more on his remarks about economic recovery and U.S. progress in electric vehicle production and viability.

From the Left

President Joe Biden said Monday he believes a recession in the US is not inevitable but acknowledged the economic pain that Americans are feeling amid high inflation, supply chain shortages and the geopolitical earthquake caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The President argued the US has made "significant progress" in its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, which he said has put America in a better position than other countries around the globe struggling with the same issues. But he predicted it would take time to fully recover, saying, "This is going to be a...

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From the Center

President Joe Biden drew a biting rebuke on Twitter and Fox News after saying that record-high gas prices are part of an "incredible transition" away from fossil fuels.

Biden made the comment during a press conference Monday in Tokyo, Japan, as part of a diplomatic trip to Asia. The president's foes quickly pounced on the comment as proof that Biden's clean-energy policies were woefully out of touch and harming the American public with heightened gas prices.

Appearing at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden was asked by a reporter if Americans should...

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From the Right

Out of touch as ever, President Biden celebrated record-high gas prices Monday, gushing that the pump pain was part of “an incredible transition” of the US economy away from fossil fuels. 

“[When] it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” Biden said during a press conference in Japan following his meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The president...

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