The rising cost of gas has prompted a public outcry in the U.S., something that the White House has looked to push back against as an adviser defended President Barack Obama over the pain at the pump argument made by the GOP, The Washington Times reported.
According to the news outlet, Obama spoke to the lack of Presidential power when it comes to energy prices in his weekly address on February 26, but Republicans attacked this notion, prompting a reply from one of the President's campaign advisers.
"There are a series of people that want [to] tell you that there are very easy magic-bullet solutions to the problems that we face. We know that’s not true," Robert Gibbs said in an interview with CNN.
Gibbs also spoke to the potential move by the White House to tap the nation's emergency oil supply, the Strategic Petroleum Reserves. This move would help to ease rising prices and was suggest by Democratic Congressmen, according to the Times.
Reuters reported that the national average cost for a gallon regular gasoline rose to $3.69, according to a survey of gas stations across the U.S.