President Obama is in Cushing, Oklahoma, this morning, to take credit for the Keystone XL pipeline. You can watch the campaign – er, energy speech here. It was supposed to begin at 10:55 EST. Twitchy’ll be here when it starts. Eventually.

House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t seem all that impressed.

RT @Varneyco: Pres. Obama is going to take credit for a part of the Keystone Pipeline that doesn't need his approval:

— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) March 22, 2012

.@CNN says President Obama’s visit to Cushing, OK “is more theater than substance” #kxl #obamagap

— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) March 22, 2012


BREAKING: He’s late.


The cool thing is that a permit isn’t even required for construction of this portion of the pipeline to get underway. You don’t say!

Pres Obama's trip to Cushing, OK today is a campaign stop. It won't speed up #KeystoneXL & he knows it.

— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) March 22, 2012

Hold up, so the part of the #Keystone pipeline POTUS is in support of doesn't need White House approval. Why is he even talking about it?

— Nic Lott (@niclott) March 22, 2012

Good question.


BREAKING, part deux: He’s almost half an hour late, but he’s here.


Here’s what’s happening at the speech:

At pipeline yard in Cushing, Ok, Pres Obama says producing more oil and gas here at home is critical part of all-of-the-above strategy.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2012

Pres Obama says there's "a bottleneck" for oil in Oklahoma because of inadequate pipeline capacity.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2012

Pres Obama announces his Admin will cut through red tape & bureaucratic hurdles to ease building Keystone pipeline from OK to Gulf Coast.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2012

As for the Keystone Pipeline from Canada to Oklahoma, Pres Obama says it being student to protect health and safety of American people.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2012

"Anyone who says that we’re somehow suppressing domestic oil production isn’t paying attention," says the pres.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2012

Pres Obama emphatic in saying that producing more oil at home isn’t enough to bring gas prices down overnight.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2012

Pres Obama says he wants US pursuing all sources of energy, oil & gas but also wind, solar, biofuels.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2012

"Since I took office, our dependence on foreign oil has gone down every single year, says the president.".

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2012

And here’s what people are saying about it:

As Pres. Obama speaks, reminder: he is touting his approval for a part of the pipeline he didn't have to approve:

— Whitney Pitcher (@whitneypitcher) March 22, 2012

Obama is finally pushing Keystone. Can anyone say "ELECTION YEAR"?

— Evan F (@emf4life) March 22, 2012

Obama taking credit for private exploration. (What's this "we" nonsense?)

— Michael Bates (@BatesLine) March 22, 2012

How can President Obama "expedite" something he blocked & personally lobbied Congress to oppose?

— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) March 22, 2012

Lots of defensiveness in POTUS Oklahoma energy remarks. Much "the fact is" "anyone who suggests" X pushback.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 22, 2012

A pipeline running overground doesn't pose a threat to the deep-underground Ogallala aquifer, for pete's sake.

— Michael Bates (@BatesLine) March 22, 2012

RT @davidhauptmann: Obama now claiming the delay is about proper review. Keystone XL has been under review for 3 years.

— Richard Ward (@rwardIII) March 22, 2012

Obama lying AGAIN about our use & availability of U.S. oil production. #SerialLiar #tcot #hhrs #sgp

— Repeal Obamacare (@GreatHairGuy) March 22, 2012

Obama claiming #Keystone is a priority, when a couple weeks ago he personally lobbied against it:

— RNC (@GOP) March 22, 2012

We live in a world where the media gives the president a free pass as he takes credit for the Keystone XL. This is so David After Dentist.

— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) March 22, 2012!/MatthewHolmes4/status/182853079891312640

Someone in the crowd is shouting, "President Obama, you bring sunshine to Oklahoma!" #gagme

— Michael Bates (@BatesLine) March 22, 2012

This is a closed event with handpicked Obama supporters in the audience, made to look like a public speech.

— Michael Bates (@BatesLine) March 22, 2012


So, to sum up, President Obama makes Twitchy – and America – feel like Otto.

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