Or, that Obama secretly likes high gas prices so that alternative energy zealots and environmentalists will be mollified and more subsidies can flow to the renewables industry to save the planet while more campaign contributions will flow to Obama's re-election coffers.
OTH, perhaps it's part of a normal economic cycle of supply and increasing world demand exacerbated by threats that the flow from Iran will be disrupted either by boycotts or military actions.
Ahhhh...the politics of economics, a never ending clash of campaign reality with the dismal science and fodder for pundits.
"Disapproval of President Obama’s handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president “strongly” negative reviews on the 2012 presidential campaign’s most important issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Increasingly pessimistic views of Obama’s performance on the economy — and on the federal budget deficit — come despite a steadily brightening employment picture and other signs of economic improvement, and they highlight the political sensitivity of rising gas prices."