Obama says Republican tire-gauge gag is “ignorant”

August 5, 2008

BEREA, Ohio – Democrat Barack Obama dismissed as “ignorant” attempts by Republicans to make fun of his suggestion that Americans properly inflate their car tires to save fuel.

suv.jpgAsked at a St. Louis town hall last week how people could contribute to the effort to conserve fuel, Obama said that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels could make a difference.

Republicans have seized on the comment to suggest that the advice on tires was the sum total of the energy plan put forth by Obama.

Mark Salter, a top aide to Republican John McCain, handed reporters metal tire gauges inscribed with the words: “Obama’s energy plan.”

At a town hall event in Berea, Ohio, Obama recited his plans to encourage the development of alternative fuels and his proposal for energy tax rebates and said Republicans were “lying about what my energy plan is.”

“The other thing is, they are making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by three to four percent,” Obama said. “It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant. They think it’s funny that they’re making fun of something that is actually true.”

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds shot back by criticizing Obama for not calling on Congress to convene an emergency session to discuss energy solutions.

“Instead of calling on his party’s leadership to return to Congress and carve out an ‘all of the above’ approach to America’s energy crisis, Barack Obama would rather tell commuters to inflate their car tires,” Bounds said.

– Photo credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook (Unsold SUV’s at a Michigan lot) 


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

Voting Record: He Does Not Support Our Troops and Veterans

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments. At the time, nearly 65% of people polled in a CNN poll indicted that “things are going either moderately badly or very badly in Iraq.

July 2007: McCain voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq. At the time, an ABC poll found that 63% thought the invasion was not worth it, and a CBS News poll found that 72% of respondents wanted troops out within 2 years.

March 2007: McCain was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all combat troops within one year. Around this time, an NBC News poll found that 55% of respondents indicated that the US goal of achieving victory in Iraq is not possible. This number has not moved significantly since then.

February 2007: For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn’t even bother to show up and vote against a resolution condemning it. However, at the time a CNN poll found that only 16% of respondents wanted to send more troops to Iraq (that number has since declined to around 10%), while 60% said that some or all should be withdrawn. This number has since gone up to around 70%.

June 2006: McCain voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans’ medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans’ needs.

October 2003: McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

April 2003: McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000. To his credit, he also voted against the 2001 Bush tax cuts, which he now supports making permanent, despite the dire financial condition this country is in, and despite the fact that he indicated in 2001 that these tax cuts unfairly benefited the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

So there it is. John McCain is yet another republican former military veteran who likes to talk a big game when it comes to having the support of the military. Yet, time and time again, he has gone out of his way to vote against the needs of those who are serving in our military. If he can’t even see his way to actually doing what the troops want, or what the veterans need, and he doesn’t have the support of veterans, then how can he be a credible commander in chief?

Posted by Russell4America | Report as abusive

Wow, this is what it comes down to. If this is the best McCain has, I may need to switch parties. The word Ignorant does seem to describe a lot of things concerning this election.

Posted by Ken | Report as abusive

McCain’s voting record on women’s issues:

McCain has voted consistently against women’s health, and he supports overturning the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade. Following is a summary of his positions on women’s issues.

McCain Opposed Equal Pay Bill for Women, Said They ‘Need Education and Training’ Instead. McCain skipped a vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that would ensure women have the opportunity to recover back pay for discrimination once they discover it. If he had been there to vote, he said he would have voted against it and that women “need education and training” rather than an equal pay bill. The bill addressed a recent Supreme Court decision that said Steelworker Lilly Ledbetter could not recover back pay for 19 years of discrimination at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. because she had not discovered the unequal pay until she retired. The bill would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to allow employees to file charges of pay discrimination within 180 days of the last received paycheck affected by the discrimination. [Source: aflcio.org; H.R. 2831, Vote 110, 4/23/08; Associated Press, 4/28/08]

McCain Voted to Gut the Family and Medical Leave Act. In 1993, before finally voting for the Family and Medical Leave Act, McCain voted to jeopardize leave for millions of workers by gutting the bill. He voted to suspend the Family and Medical Leave Act unless the federal government certified that compliance would not increase business expenses or provide financial assistance to businesses to cover any related costs. [Source: aflcio.org S.Amdt. 16, S. 5, Vote 7, 2/4/93; H.R. 1, Vote 11, 2/4/93]

Source for the following information: Planned Parenthood

McCain opposed spending $100 million to prevent unintended and teen pregnancies. In 2005, McCain voted NO to allocate $100 million to expand access to preventive health care services that reduce the numbers of unintended and teen pregnancies and reduce the number of abortions.

McCain opposed legislation requiring that abstinence-only programs be medically accurate and scientifically based.
McCain voted NO on legislation that would help reduce the number of teen pregnancies by providing funding for programs to teach comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education and other programs to prevent unintended teen pregnancies.

McCain opposed Title X, the nation’s family planning program.
In 1990, McCain voted NO on legislation to extend the Title X federal family planning program, which provides low-income and uninsured women and families with health care services ranging from breast and cervical cancer screening to birth control.

McCain opposed requiring insurance coverage of prescription birth control.
In 2003, McCain voted NO on legislation to improve the availability of contraceptives for women and to require insurance coverage of prescription birth control.

McCain opposes comprehensive sex education.
In an interview aboard the “Straight Talk Express,” McCain struggled to answer questions about comprehensive sex education and HIV prevention. He also stated that he supported “the president’s policy” on sex education.

McCain unsure where he stands on government funding for contraception.
“Whether I support government funding for them or not, I don’t know,” McCain said about contraceptives.

McCain opposed repealing the “global gag rule.”
In 2005, McCain voted NO on legislation to overturn the “global gag rule,” which bars foreign nongovernmental organizations from receiving U.S. family planning assistance if the organization (using its own, non-U.S. funds) provides abortion services or information or advocates for pro-choice laws and policies in its own country.

McCain supports overturning Roe v. Wade.
In February 2007, the AP quoted McCain stating, “I do not support Roe v. Wade. It should be overturned.” In May 2007, he reiterated his desire to overturn Roe v. Wade during an appearance on Meet the Press stating, “My position has been consistently in my voting record, pro-life, and I continue to maintain that position and voting record.”

Posted by Russell4America | Report as abusive

Three to four percent ? Sounds pretty high to me. What will it be next week eight to ten percent ? I somehow think those might be either Al Gore numbers or democrat math. I sure don’t get any three to four percent unless I am running flat to start with.

Posted by old mo | Report as abusive

What drama queens, to stand before congress and to have the gall to suggest they care about the american people.They controlled both houses and the presidency for 6 years.Do you really want to see their votes on alternative energy?Anyone who wishes to learn how they voted can go to Vote Smart.Not a green record,but black Texas tea.

Posted by joseph marcucilli | Report as abusive

Despite, the fact that the GOP asserts that Obama is inexperienced, they have inadvertantly refuted their claim with this prank, because the tire gauge symbolises the “pressure”, Obama can handle,as president.

Posted by max | Report as abusive

The Repugnicans act like a bunch of school yard bullies, mocking their own ignorance. They try to sow seeds of doubt about Obama’s capacity for leadership while demonstrating none of their own. This campaign is all about Obama, on both sides. McCain is more of the same . . . and it is becoming more and more evident that Bush is a felon. McCain would finish what Bush started – the destruction of our democracy.

Posted by Zhava | Report as abusive

Let’s see… if I spend $100 per week on gas, I’ll save $3 per week, by inflating my tires properly… $156 per year. That’s one-and-a-half weeks of gas, I’ve saved. Let’s say just 10 million people do the same, that would be a savings to those people, of $1,560,000,000 – – that’s $1.56 billion saved.
No wonder the GOP is making fun of it, that’s $1.56 billion that wouldn’t be going into Big Oil’s pockets.

Posted by jon | Report as abusive

Any owners manual will tell those who can read, proper tire inflation is a function of gas economy, safety and handling. McCain would not understand such technical issues. Barack Obama based his proper tire inflation / gas mileage message on NASCAR reports, where races are won and lost on involved gas mileage planning that includes tire pressure. Proper tire inflation is something that is checked on most service call or oil changes.

Posted by Fareed H. Ansari | Report as abusive

“Every Expert”????? What experts??? Please, oh exalted one, let us know who these people are. If we should hear from them directly with more ideas at 3-4% per idea we will save at least 10% in total consumption by next week. Thats how many MILLION BARRELS??? Quick, find an EXPERT to let us know… Bob

Posted by bob lopez | Report as abusive

Hay Russell, at least McCain has a voting record. Is Obama ASSUME ing that Americans are so ignorant that they drive with improperly inflated tires? We need to drill for U.S. controlled oil and we need to drill NOW!

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive

As a presidential candidate, Obama is a joke. How often does Obama check his family’s tire pressures? How many liberals are doing so and how many are driving SUV? How many liberal celebrities are flying solo? If you are thinking that inflating your tires can make Americans independent from the foreign oil, you are idiots. Please give us some real solutions, Obama. Remember Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004, all Democrats can get are phony guys and Obama is no exception in 2008.

Posted by RedAmerican1 | Report as abusive

It seems like McCain thinks he is running for President of his local Junior High School rather than President of the United States. Ignorant and pathetic are the two words I would use to describe his campaign strategy.
It’s sad that so many Americans buy into his juvenile tactics. The fact that McCain is even close in the polls is an indictment of the American educational system.

Posted by Alan | Report as abusive

Why should Obama call upon the Democratic leadership to return for the Republicans to filibuster yet ANOTHER sensible energy bill? How ignorant do they think we are? Do they suppose we don’t know their record on energy and climate change? Shame on the lot of them.

Posted by Suzanne Greene | Report as abusive

Don’t worry, McCain’s chances were deflated years ago when he became the “Bush twin.” As for correct pressure, all he can do is slime and act ignorant. As a 60 year old woman, I have always known this to be true and have my tire pressure checked regularly. McSame has sure brought this elcction to it’s lowest common denominator, ignorance and bitterness.

Posted by Linda | Report as abusive

The Republicans are acting like a bunch of adolescents, making “fun” of what actual experts say would happen if we all had the proper tire pressure in our automobiles. Typical, stupid, underhanded, swift boating tactics.


Posted by Peg | Report as abusive

Wow! What intelligent comments. You people are actually contributing to a sensible dialog. Perhaps you may want to consider contributing your sensibilities to a FOX article. They could use some facts and common sense over there. And yes Obama’s suggestion is a good one. Like turning off lights, conserving water, walking and riding a bike, buying less, recycling, etc. etc. Perhaps Obama;s campaign should distribute the tire gauges themselves…

Posted by Mike Robinson | Report as abusive

This just proves that Obama has no sense of humor. None. Now he is saying that it WILL save gas. Well, DUH! Of course it will. This was done because he said it would save as much oil as we would gain by drilling in the oceans. THAT’S what they made fun of.

Again, either Obama himself is ignorant of the point McCain’s campaign was poking fun of, or, he’s lying (my guess).

Either way, he’s unfit to be Prez.

C’mon, Barack… you said you’d challenge McCain to a duel (but yet you won’t get away from the teleprompters and into a TownHall debate). What does McCain say about that? His preferred weapon would be a “light saber”. The tire guage and the light saber things was funny!

All BO can do is show the world he has no sense of humor, and call everybody a racist (no… not CALL them that, but just like he did with Clinton, insinuate it). That’s all he’s got. He won’t debate (he’d get creamed), has no other ideas of his own (except ‘changing’ ideas), and plays the race card. That’s it.

Posted by ster | Report as abusive

Hey, jon:

Do you know who ‘big oil’ is. It’s the shareholders. Their profits go to people like you and me. Buy some shares of Exxon, and you too can profit. Millions of people own Exxon shares… probably even in your 401(k). The dividends provide billions of $ to retired people. They put tens of thousands of Americans to work in HIGH paying jobs.

Also.. the $11 Billion profit? Do you know what they paid in taxes that quarter? Do you? $38 Billion! They paid more than THREE times in taxes as their profits. And… about half of their profits go to shareholders. Like I said, buy some shares and you GET that money.

They are just another company … just like Microsoft or IBM. Except, they make less than $0.08 per dollar in profit. Microsoft? Over $0.30.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget that not only does Exxon pay over $100 Billion in taxes already, but the government taxes you almost another $0.50 at the pump, per gallon… that’s MORE than Exxon or other oil companies make per gallon. Almost TWICE what they make.

Open your eyes. And… check your 401(k). Maybe you have some “XON” in there. If so… you must be one of those rich, evil, white oil men like Cheney. You’re not? Exactly, most of the shares are owned by regular folks, and a large % by retirees who use the dividend income to pay their bills. Wake up!

Posted by ster | Report as abusive

Hey, Russell4America:

You need to post the WHOLE story about your screed and McCain’s voting record. You’re just posting junk that can be taken any way you want it to, and you know it.

I could say that McCain voted against the (Cheney) oil tax break law and Obama voted for it. (That IS the truth) But, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

For instance, the equal pay for women measure was a scam. If you are educated about it, it was a scam brought out by Demos to make Repugs vote against it, just so posers like you could post this junk. Read WHY he opposed it, and you will understand. Also, you didn’t mention the $$ he proposed for training. Forgot that bit, huh?

Stop your stupid out-of-context posts. This is politics and politicians lie and bend the truth. You’re doing the same. It’s because of fools like yourself and politicians that use your style of tactics that we’re in this mess. When people like you leave, or move, or just go away, we’ll actuall get stuff done. It’s sad, but people like YOU … ARE the problem.

Posted by ster | Report as abusive

Old Mo said: “Three to four percent ? Sounds pretty high to me.”

Read it and weep Old Mo –

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “every pound per square inch of tire underinflation wastes 4 million gallons of gas daily in the U.S.”

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/maintain. shtml

Survey information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 27% of the cars on the road have a significantly under-inflated tire.


Using the website FuelEconomy.gov, we can estimate that “the maximum (estimated) fuel economy (i.e., mileage) savings drivers could expect as a result of keeping their engines properly tuned (4%), replacing air filters (up to 10%), properly inflating tires (up to 3%) and using the correct motor oil (1-2%) is 18-19%. Since American drivers use roughly 380 million gallons of gasoline(not including diesel) per day, an 18% improvement translates into a savings of 68 million gallons, or 1.62 million barrels of oil per day.”

Current crude oil and condensate production in the [Outer Continental Shelf] is about 1.25 million barrels per day.

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.

http://www.time.com/time/politics/articl e/0,8599,1829354,00.html?cnn=yes

So you can be informed or remain “ignorant.” It’s up to you.

Posted by Broadway Carl | Report as abusive



Where’s the Barack Hussein Obama who shouted out: “I can’t wait to debate John McCain anytime, anywhere!”??? Yeah — that one.

Why isn’t his staff and his supporters, holding his feet to the fire on that alone?

Just three debates he’s agreed to give — gives him plenty of latitude to bone up on what he doesn’t know about this country, and all the issues we face.

Watch for wires and hidden devices to help him get through the debates.

His refusal to Townhall Meetings doesn’t assure him the space he needs to twist and turn — hem and haw his answers — so he’s playing it safe and just agreeing to the three that are mandatory before the GE.

I hope he realizes that just having the three debates will put more pressure on him to perform — spreading the debates out gives him a better chance of excelling in at least one of the Townhall Debates — three strikes and he’s out if he sticks to only three debates.

He’s painting himself into a corner again. He just doesn’t know what is good for him — and his staff is also delusional — they set have him up for failure faster than Obama does on his own.



Posted by EAST COAST | Report as abusive

To RedAmerican1 who posted “if you are thinking that inflating your tires can make Americans independent from the foreign oil, you are idiots” I am sorry, you will have to look in the mirror to find the idiot. This is a way that costs you nothing that saves you a little and if everyone does it, it saves the country a lot – and it saves it from foreign imports. You know, if you don’t even want to try and expect someone else to do this for you so you can sit on your a**, well fine. But I think you ought to pull your own weight like everyone else. You could try selling your SUV too, if you have one, or leaving your car at home and walking or biking or hiking. I don’t know that it is your right to have someone save you from yourself. You got a responsibility too….

Posted by Paul Stewart | Report as abusive

Well I’m a liberal and I use my gas mileage as a test of whether my tires are low. If my mileage runs lower than normal I check the tires and invariably find at least one a few pounds low. Works every time, RedAmerican1. Ster, Exxon’s taxes have been cut by the Dubyanauts because they think business taxes are too high, plus the GOP gave oil companies a special tax break when they controlled Congress the first six years of Dubya’s regency. All this at a time when the US is already running a deficit and the debt has more than doubled since Dubya took office. Now just who is going to pay that bill and all that interest? If McCain is so worried about energy consumption, why doesn’t he push for a special Congressional session? Why does he have to wait for someone else to get out on point? Obama has no sense of humor? Gee, was that statement spoken as a joke? And there’s nothing that requires Exxon or any other company kick back its profits as dividends to shareholders; they could keep all of it if they wanted and use it to buy their own shares to take the company private. So, are they in fact giving out increased dividends? East Coast, are you really saying a black man is race-baiting an old, white man? Exactly how?

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive

I am an expert and I say carpooling can save a lot more than 3-4%. Seriously, carpooling is the single most quickest and largest thing we can do. If your commute is longer than half an hour and your office has more than 100 people, you can probably find someone to carpool with. Carpooling to work reduces my gas consumption by 66%. Telecommuting itself reduces it by 80%. With both carpooling and telecommuting, I reduce my gas consumption by over 90%. I only have to fill up gas every few months. Carpooling and telecommuting don’t have to wait for any new technologies nor policies nor depend on who is President. If everyone who could carpool actually did, this could happen like tomorrow. Gas consumption cut in half, just like that.

Posted by expert | Report as abusive

Hey ster, I wouldn’t buy a share of Exxon any more than I’d walk into a Walmart. And RedAmerican1, how many republicans are driving SUVs?

Someone said the comments on here were intelligent dialogue. Pfeh.

Posted by Julia C | Report as abusive

More Drilling equals more Big oil profit. More drilling equals adding to the $750 billion we squander each year, and dump directly into the pockets of oil sheiks, russian oligarchs, nigerian despots and venezuelan strongmen. More drilling means a more degraded environment for our children and their children. More drilling means becoming a has-been second rate country.

When will the Republicans wake up: It’s not how high the price is, it’s how much we use. Only big oil and their international thug cronies control supply. Anyone who says “we’ve got to drill more” is ignorant of the fact that “we” don’t control anything related to supply. More drilling means nothing because every drop of United States “energy independence” offshore oil drilled could (and probably would) go straight to China.

The recent price surge just cracked and oil is dropping fast. Why? Drilling? No. Republican posturing in Congress? No. It’s simple. Demand dropped sharply as panicked drivers stopped driving. “We” only control demand. The less we demand, the lower Big oil will have to make the price. You would think something that simple could even be understood in a 4 second sound bite by a Republican.

Posted by Gary Rosenblum | Report as abusive

The only thing more disturbing than a presidential candidate quoting a 3% saving in gasoline as a 3% savings in crude oil is the people that back him quoting McCain’s voting record and not their golden boys record.

That is right, re-read your comments on what McCain voted agains and then add up how much it would have cost us.

If your golden boy gets in there he will spend us into the poor house. Now he wants to give big oil 4 billion to re-tool the industry? So this windfall tax on oil plan of his he will give them the money right back. That is politics at its best.

Tell us one thing and do another.

His big universal healthcare plan is to force everyone to buy medical insurance? Like we could afford the plan congress has. Is he kidding? The medical insurance comapnies are throwing money at him because they will make bank if he gets elected. They are watering at the mouth for the Billions they will make off this joker.

He wants to bail out the mortgage people woht our money.

He acts like if the gets elected he can sign his name and create laws. Does he know that congress and senate have to vote on this stuff?

You people that blindly follow this idiot like he knows what he is talking about scare me. This is why this country is going downhill, the people have no idea about anything unless the media tells them what to think.

Posted by Victor | Report as abusive

Divided We Fall.

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive

How about switching from petroleum-based oil to synthetic oil? Costs more, but denies $$ to oil-origin countries, lowering gas prices and perhaps resulting in saving money now spent on high per-gallon costs.

Posted by mm2young | Report as abusive

[…] SOURCES: AP, Reuters ) ( PHOTOS: AP PHOTO, SUN […]


Victor, the people in your party recently followed a leader blindly – and I mean blindly, because the evidence that he was lying was available and public from the beginning for anyone willing to look beyond the mainstream media in the US – into an irrelevant war while turning their backs along with him on Osama bin Laden and the real threat to our country. Not only that, their blindness manifested itself in a McCarthy-esque atmosphere of hate-filled attacks on anyone who evern questioned the administration’s bald assertions, which were offered without a shred of real evidence.

And now you have the unmitigated gall to say that it’s LIBERALS who are blind followers? After we just finished a nominating season that went on far longer than its Republican counterpart’s (as it always does, because it’s actually structured to subvert premature party unity), and involved a thorough airing of the differences between the two candidates?

Do you even know what the word “blind” means, or are you just unfamiliar with the way it is generally used as a metaphor? (Clue: it doesn’t just mean “icky” – yeah, I know you guys think every adjective and adverb your radio blowhards throw out about liberals means “icky” but trust me, the word “blind” has an actual meaning).

Obama isn’t right about everything but he is right about one thing: these guys DO take pride in their own ignorance.

Posted by Alan | Report as abusive

Now just one darn minute.

As I understand it, somebody in an audience asked Obama: “What can individual people do to contribute to fuel efficiency?”

The question was not: “What energy policies will contribute to fuel efficiency.” It was: “What can individual people do?”

And checking tire pressure is obviously something that individual people can do to increase fuel efficiency.

The fact that this has been blown up into a campaign issue by the McCain campaign is pretty disturbing, assuming it represents the level of dialogue about energy that McCain wants to have.

Between this and the Hilton/Spears thing, it appears that the McCain campaign believes that American voters are a bunch of easily amused and distracted idiots.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

you libs are a bunch of cry babies. wah!!! obama is a moron with no energy plan. you guys are like a bunch of sheep following behind him. you believe anything “the messiah” says. only if you listen to him you realize his is saying nothing!!! he has no plan for anything. the dems would rather take a 5 week vacation than getting the energy crisis taken care of. its pointless to argue with liberals cause they are too brainwashed. there is no such thing as man made climate change idiots. i guess we caused the ice age too huh you morons. you people are pathetic. by the way make sure all you tires are inflated properly so we can weed ourselves off of foreign oil. hahaha. you people are so dumb its funny. MCCAIN ’08.

Posted by MIKE | Report as abusive

actually i have a great plan to reverse “man made” climate change…you figure about half of the country is liberal so if those idiots stop using gasoline and let us republicans just use it that would cut emmisions from driving down about 50%!! also if you libs get solar panels installed on your houses and let us republican conservatives use oil to heat our houses that would also cut down oil usage for heating about 50% this would also cut demand here in the u.s. also maybe you extreme libs can stop using airplanes and instead use your electric cars or even horses to get to your destinations. this i beleive would reverse “man made” global warming and make all of us happy. how does that sound? i doubt you libs would do that because you are all just a bunch of hypocrites but we’ll see. let us use the oil that you guys hate so much and you guys can use the wind power, solar power and that kind of crap. make a statment libs. follow my plan.

Posted by MIKE | Report as abusive

Obama is on the right track calling for Americans to keep tires properly inflated.

Americans CAN do something about the energy crisis. With everyone working together to solve the problem, even something that seems little, like proper tire inflation, can grow to a savings of $ 14 billion a year, which doesn’t seem small at all.

Tires will stay properly inflated even longer with high-purity nitrogen.

High-purity nitrogen is more stable than compressed air. This allows tires to stay properly inflated longer and leads to increased gas mileage, improved tire life and reduced carbon emissions. High-purity nitrogen also can provide a safer ride, with better handing and stability.

PurigeN98TM high-purity nitrogen guarantees results. Check us out at: www.purigen98.com/bluegas.htm

Robin Pearl

Posted by Robin Pearl | Report as abusive

[…] Energy policy is proving to be a weak spot for Obama.  An overwhelming majority of Americans support drilling as one method to reduce energy costs, so much so that he recently amended his opinion on the issue to appear closer to the mainstream.  This weakness is clearly a touchy subject for Obama.  When the McCain campaign handed reporters metal tire gauges inscribed with the words “Obama’s Energy Plan,” Obama snapped: […]

Posted by The CR Voice » Blog Archive » No We Can’t… | Report as abusive

Hold on a second!! It seems very interesting to me that the McCain supporters on this blog continue to ignore the fact that Obama has given a detailed and comprehensive energy plan, while all McCain chants is “Drill Here and Drill Now!!” over and over.

For the McCain campaign to attempt to frame a conservation tip that Obama gave to an audience member as his one and only component of an energy plan is nonsense.

What’s even more pathetic is for McCain supporters to question the validity of how checking one’s tire pressure could actually save on gas expenses. AAA, NASCAR, enerygy experts and every automible manual supports Obama’s claim. People act as though he’s making this stuff up, when in actuality the facts are pretty easy to find.

The bottom line is Republicans are hoping that twisting the facts around to fit their narrative will work this time. But the American people are a lot smarter this election cycle.

Posted by Jennifer | Report as abusive

There is not enough space nor enough time to express how unqualified and uninformed Obama is. The Senator is an absolute puppet. If it’s not written down he makes a fool of himself. “Change We Can Believe In?” I guess that “change” that he talks about is his mind, stance and beliefs on everything nearly everyday. Keep speaking Obama. The more you do the more you look like a fool.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

The tire gauage is the most technology John McCain has ever used: http://pajamasmedia.com/edgelings/2008/0 8/04/how-much-technology-does-the-next-p resident-need-to-know/

Posted by Ari | Report as abusive

[…] Reuters:  Obama says Republican tire-gauge gag is “ignorant” […]

Posted by Fun With Tire Gauges « Countenance Blog | Report as abusive

Ok enough of the soft media coverage of Obama on this one, if he is ready to be the president treat him like it;

“Asked at a St. Louis town hall last week how people could contribute to the effort to conserve fuel, Obama said that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels could make a difference.”

Thats a huge lie of omission by this author! what Obama said was:

“But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling — if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!”

So Obama said that if Americans who did not maintain proper tire pressure (less than 30%) corrected that the increase in their MPG (less than 4%) would make up for all the oil in US territory (were talking Billions and Billions of barrels). Hell he is only off by a factor of Millions!

Were John McCain to have made such an error it would be quoted by media outlets day and night with headlines asking ‘is McCain out of touch on energy’.

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

[…] “Obama Energy Plan” tire gauge gag was “ignorant.” As reported by Reuters, after claiming that his opponents were “lying about what my energy plan is,” as if the […]

Posted by Obama and Elitist Friends Attack McCain Supporters As “Ignorant” and “Stupid” « A McCain Democrat’s Journal | Report as abusive

[…] “Obama Energy Plan” tire gauge gag was “ignorant.” As reported by Reuters, after claiming that his opponents were “lying about what my energy plan is,” as if the […]

Posted by Obama’s “Tire-Pressure” Embarassment – – Who’s Ignorant Now? « American Sentinel | Report as abusive

[…] “Obama Energy Plan” tire gauge gag was “ignorant.” As reported by Reuters, after claiming that his opponents were “lying about what my energy plan is,” as if the […]

Posted by American Sentinel » Obama’s “Tire-Pressure” Embarrassment – – Who’s Ignorant Now? | Report as abusive

I guess,it’s still up to the vehicle owner.This issue is interesting and i would love to hear others saying.How do you personally conserve fuel?

Posted by tyre changers | Report as abusive