In response to a Tuesday question from Peter Doocy of Fox News, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre helped to clarify the Biden administration’s position on gasoline prices: When they go down, it is the result of the president’s hard work. When they go up, it’s due to a complex process that includes a number of factors beyond his control. Yes, Covid is still on the list of official excuses.
Having taken credit for the recent moderation in prices that had little to do with his policies—unless one wants to laud the president for making commodity investors more pessimistic about the global economy—Mr. Biden now especially enjoys one particular excuse as prices head northward.