The other posters fixation on saving face can't hide the fact that their statement was patently false.
Now, do I think Presidents can effect gasoline prices? Yes, to a point. Certainly they can have an impact, as evidenced by releases from the Strategic Reserve, but on the whole, no, no real impact.
However, the depiction in the media is as blatently biased as anything they have done. During Bush's Presidency, it was common to see network reports from gas stations around the country where "random" motorists would be interviewed and shown to be blaming Bush for the high prices. This meme ran for weeks while the prices spiked.
Today, the meme from the MSM, and the troops on the left is "the President can't control gas prices".
Hey, that's the way it goes. If continued elimination of any credibility is the goal, it's being achieved admirably.
To her Wall Street owners: Hillary Clinton: “But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. so, you need both a public and a private position.” - Hillary Clinton: "I'm kind of far removed from the struggles of the Middle Class"
Mitt Romney's plan for North American energy self sufficiency was far sighted and wise, which is why it was rejected by the majority of the electorate.