Republicans are fuming after President Obama reversed his position on
offshore oil and gas exploration and will now refuse to allow the sale
of leases to energy companies to work off the Atlantic coast from
Florida to Virginia.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is a member of the House Natural
Resources Committee. He told WND and Radio America this is par for the
course with President Obama.
“Once again, he has shown that it is the exception when he keeps his
word, rather than the rule,” said Gohmert, who offered examples of a
longstanding pattern of broken Obama promises. “If you like your
insurance, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep it.
For me, marriage is between a man and a woman.'”
Gohmert also cited a famous movie to scold anyone who thought Obama would keep his word on allowing offshore drilling.
“I’m constantly reminded of that scene in ‘Animal House,’ where the
older fraternity brother puts his arm around Flounder after they’ve just
demolished his brother’s car. He basically says, ‘Hey, you messed up.
You trusted us,'” Gohmert said.
“President Obama has just good-naturedly said, ‘Oh, you actually
thought I was going to keep that promise and let you drill out there
because that would make us energy independent. You fools. Don’t you
realize I just gave Iran a hundred billion dollars? Do you think I’m
really going to be serious about becoming energy independent?'”
Sen. David Vitter, R-La, is the former chairman of the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee. He said the administration is
deliberately trying to deny revenue to the states.