Newt Gingrich to Give Away Cheap Gas on Columbia Pike

by ARLnow.com November 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm 22,346 144 Comments

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) will be giving away cheap gas on Columbia Pike tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Gingrich, a McLean resident, will be appearing at the Pentagon Liberty gas station at 2300 Columbia Pike (next to Bob & Edith’s Diner) from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., when the station will be offering gasoline for $1.84 per gallon. The event is sponsored by the New American Energy Opportunity Foundation, a group that promotes increased energy production in the United States.

The group has been critical of the Obama administration and, in September, connected the “anti-American uprising in the Middle East” to “our nation’s destructive energy policies.”

The $1.84 per gallon price reflects the price of gas in 2008, before President Obama took office and in the midst of the country’s economic crisis.

The New American Energy Opportunity Foundation issued the following press advisory about the event.

Newt Gingrich will appear at a New American Energy Opportunity Foundation “Gas Can Man” event taking place at the Pentagon Liberty Store at 2300 Columbia Pike tomorrow [Nov 2] from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Drivers will be provided with $1.84 a gallon gasoline “to dramatically show voters what life was like before President Obama imposed onerous restrictions on domestic oil and gas exploration that resulted in soaring gas prices,” according to NAEOF spokesman Joe DeSantis.

The “Gas Can Man” promotion has been a “hugely successful effort throughout the state of Ohio this week, attracting immense crowds and media coverage. We expect the turnout in Arlington tomorrow will create quite a stir,” he said. It is part of a massive campaign to educate Americans on how energy independence can be achieved and includes a million dollar national radio ad buy, hundreds of thousands of dollars in newspaper advertising, a major Internet presence, including a video that can be viewed at www.EnergyIsOpportunity.com.

DeSantis explained that the events have been successful in increasing awareness of the fact “that we need to begin tapping America’s enormous energy resources now. We have the resources at hand to produce all the energy we need. Vast amounts of oil and gas are right under our feet. Energy independence is a practical and viable goal.”

The New American Energy Opportunity Foundation is dedicated to empowering citizens and lawmakers to make the changes needed for the United States to reach its full energy production potential, creating more jobs, lower prices, and greater national security.

  • AL

    This fine gentleman could’ve been president!

    • SouthArlJD

      “gentleman”? Surely you jest. He’s a puffed up, self-aggrandizing piece of rat offal who helped bring about the partisan gridlock which is today’s political reality. He’s a bum.

      • AL

        The problem with democracy is that everyone is equal. Newt Gingrich had the courage to understand this and bring about magnificent changes, in spite of this form of government’s deficiency.

        • drax

          You’re laying it on a little thick.

        • Republic vs Democracy

          The US is a Republic not a Democracy.

          “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” Franklin, Benjamin

          “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” – Thomas Jefferson

          “Our real disease – which is democracy.” – Alexander Hamilton

          “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams

          “Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable [abominable] cruelty of one or a very few.” – John Adams

      • Silverscribler

        You obviously don’t really know him. As a volunteer for his campaign, I followed him around, listened to him over and over and read many of his books–written long before he was a politician. This man is a true historian, who never gets his historical data wrong and has a full understanding of how the past effects the present and what needs to be done. Have some positions changed over time? Minor ones, yes, because the circumstances in our country have changed. He is a true conservative and those of us who know him also know that truth. I pity those of you who continue to listen to and believe lies. If Newt had been the Candidate, he would be 20 points ahead nationwide by now.

        • drax

          Never gets his historical data wrong? LOL.

          First of several hits:


          • typical newt fan

            but he speaks like he knows what he’s talking about and what he says seems to validate the extreme conservative position I acquired by watching Fox and listening to Rush. He talks about history which makes my knee jerk self centered conservatism feel intelligent.

          • drax

            “If Newt had been the Candidate, he would be 20 points ahead nationwide by now.”

            He really believes this.

        • Olaf

          Did he promise you the first governership on the moon, or what?

          “If Newt had been the Candidate, he would be 20 points ahead nationwide by now.”

          Yes. Him, Herman Cain and Donald Trump.

  • Mick

    Cheap gas. Yepper, that’s Newt.

    • Fig

      Even cheaper hot air.

      • yeah you betcha


    • Not Me

      And he managed to HOSE traffic. Thanks Newt!

      Shoulda known the only real effect you’d have on my life would be congestion of some kind!

  • Tom

    Someone should ask Newt what gas prices would be like on the moon.

    • BlueSkies

      Let’s send him there to find out. I’ll pitch in $1.84 for some gas for the rocket.

  • bob

    yes because wasnt everything in america just so dandy in january 2009!!!

  • Chris Slatt

    Please ignore that US gas prices show absolutely no correlation to US oil production.

    Also please ignore that US oil production also dropped under Reagan, and both Bushes.

  • Louise

    Doesn’t “give away” imply “free”?

    • YouDontKnowMe

      Yes, thank you

    • FedUp


    • Callie

      The headline is awful. Terrible. Wrong!

    • Clarendon

      Probably says ‘giving away’ because saying Newt was ‘pumping it’ was too disturbing.

      • Not Larry Sabato


        • Tabby_TwoTone

          He’ll be dripping from his

  • piker

    Awesome. Because traffic on the Pike through that stretch of untimed lights isn’t fun enough at 8 in the morning and the entrance to that gas station is WIDE open.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      I’ve witnessed two accidents there from my vantage point at Bob and Edith’s.

    • KalashniKEV

      Wait until the Trolley Folley…

      • drax

        Can’t wait to ignore gas prices as I ride by.

  • Frivolous

    That’s weird, I remember gas peaking at $4.12 in July of 2008.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Yessss. Isn’t that special?

  • blah

    he gives away free gas every time he opens his mouth. Zing!

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Zing zing!

    • Tater Salad

      That’s gold, Jerry!

  • Ralph

    Yeah! We need more cars on the road! Let’s make gas cheaper!

    • novasteve

      Yes Ralph. Thanks for showing us how the liberal mind thinks. Make driving so expensive that only elitists can afford it. So only poor people need sacrifice to save the environment, rules shouldn’t apply to sophisticated people.

      • drax

        But that’s going to happen anyway, steve, because oil will run out. Better to manage the change than wait for the panic.

      • Louise

        Shucks, my husband rides the bus or walks. I guess that means he’s poor and dumb.

        • Louise

          And by walks, I mean, he bike commutes. I have no idea why my brain made me type “walks”.

          • WeiQiang

            Because, Louise, your husband of course dismounts and walks his bike across crosswalks where he is directed to do so. 😉

      • WeiQiang

        … and people that use the HOT lanes are, therefore, what?

        • Tater Salad

          HOT heads?

      • Dezlboy

        How in the heck do you find so much to troll about in Ralph’s posting? Amazing. Oh, now I remember why I ignore you.

        • Quoth the Raven

          For once, he’s not trolling. The post didn’t make any sense at all.

      • Callie


    • Becoming indifferent

      Better than the damn trolley!

  • drax

    Drilling more domestic oil will do absolutely nothing to lower gas prices.

    • Hollywood

      Data please?

    • Clarendon

      Newt is smarter than this. He know that demand is in the driver’s seat. While new sources of suppy have been made possible due to technology (deep water, shale oil, tar sands) these supplies have much higher costs and/or lower energy returns than conventional crude. The cheap oil is running out fast. Demand is in control so when the economy is booming, prices skyrocket which crushes the economy. When the economy collapses (as it did in 2008-9) the prices fall. Newt knows this. He’s just politicking.

      • Tabs

        Of course. He’s desperate for attention.

        • drax

          He’s desperate for income.

          • Tabby_TwoTone

            His wife looks like the Crypt Keeper. Or whatever that thing is called.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Does it matter what his wife looks like? If she were pretty, would he be a better politician?

          • The Terrible Twins

            ….and just what is the sound of one hand clapping ??

  • JimPB

    Hey, Newt and GOP:

    In the summer of 2008, gas prices in the US exceeded $4/gallon.

    The price of gasoline varies in tandem with the price per barrell of crude oil. and with no correlation to the US or North American petroleum production.

    To a consider extent, the US price of gasoline reflects the world market price of crude oil.

    So, Next and the GOP: how do you propose to reduce the correlation of US gasoline prices to the world crude oil price?

    What about alternative powered vehicles (think natural gas, electricity)?

    • drax


      Oil prices are set on a world market, even ours. “Energy independence” is pointless – our gas will cost just as much as gas we import.

      But wait! Can we increase the supply of oil enough to bring prices down worldwide?


      The U.S. has about 3% of the total supply. So, no, we can’t influence the market, not for long. And our supply will just run out that much faster anyway – then we’ll have nothing.

      The only thing drilling in the U.S. does is enrich certain people and perpetuate the myth that we can drill our way out of our energy problems instead of confronting them.

      • Arlingtoon

        And make lots of holes in the ground.

        Saves the gophers work.

      • BlueSkies

        And spoil our landscapes. (This does not mean I think we should spoil other countries’ landscapes. We should pursue energy efficiency and clean alternative energy instead.)

      • Quoth the Raven

        It’s not an either/or kind of thing, though, is it? Why can’t we both confront our energy problems and expand drilling in the US?

        • it depends

          if you consider global warming an energy problem or not

        • drax

          We can. Just don’t think the two are the same thing. Drilling will not solve our problems, except in the very near term, maybe.

        • drax

          Oh, and by the way, we HAVE expanded drilling in the U.S. quite alot under the Obama administration.

      • Old Fart

        You have some nerve, introducing facts and reason into an energy discussion.

    • Cc

      I don’t remember gas prices being that low since I was in high school. Consumer reports supports my memory .

  • 350sbc

    He is a moron, but I’ll still take some cheap gas, as long as it’s on his dime!

    • 1.84


    • Swag

      It’s not on his dime. In fact, I’d bet my paycheck that he’s being paid to show up.

      Americans for Prosperity is footing the bill.

      • DCBuff

        This is just another ruse for anti-Obama. Sheldon Adelson is listed by the FEC as the big donor to both groups.

  • Alex

    “$1.84 a gallon gasoline “to dramatically show voters what life was like before President Obama imposed onerous restrictions on domestic oil and gas exploration that resulted in soaring gas prices”

    Actually the gas price hit bottom because speculators were forced out of the market due to a credit shortage, which coincided with the collapse of lehman, aig, etc. h


    Gas prices were nominally $3/gal before!

  • Gas Lies

    It would be nice if ARLNOW corrected the half truth Gingrich says about gas prices in 2008! It was only after months of gas being in the $3-$4 range!!


    • Old Fart

      Why would you expect ArlNow to be better at fact-checking than that hated MSM (copyright, Sarah Palin and RNC jointly)? There’s barely time to type out the notes before deadline, much less to look into the subject or examine the information being reported on.

  • i’m picturing traffic backed up on the pike similarly to the ny gas stations. ugh. why couldn’t he do this in his own neighborhood instead of mine?!

    • Leapin’Lizard

      He’s trying to “buy” votes in a part of Arlington which isn’t 99.9% white.

  • Sam the Cat

    Has a car or SUV flipper over yet?

    • DCBuff

      This is bound to throw off the Arlington Gravity Anomaly, which tilts everything to the left, by having a right wing nutjob in ArlCo.

  • brown before green

    This guy is absurd. A race to the bottom.

    As others have noted, the price of gasoline has no relation to how much is produced in the United States.

    And contrary to the assertion that U.S. production is curtailed, more oil was produced in 2011 than any time since 2003, i.e., it is on the upswing.

  • addctd2badideas

    Awesome. I can stop by the Giant and pick up some eggs beforehand. Brilliant!

  • MIke

    I had to re-read the headline — at first I thought it said someone was giving away “cheap ass on Columbia Pike.”

    • S.

      No, you can find “cheap ass” any morning/afternoon/evening of the week at the Clarendon Ballroom!

    • Arlingtonian

      That’s available too at the Days Inn

  • Leapin’Lizard

    He should push it back to Saturday Morning for maximum headachiness.

    • DCBuff

      Cool. So they would time it for when the Wash Blvd bridge over ColPike is blown up or whatever.

  • Arlingtoon

    This from the penultimate gas-bag.

    • syntax police

      Learn the meaning of penultimate. He’s the Ultimate gas-bag.

      • Arlingtoon

        My bad.

        • drax

          That’s okay – you only need to choose one bigger gas-bag to make the word fit. Don’t pick me.

          • Say it Ain’t So

            Nominate novosteve? 🙂

          • Chris B.

            There is always Donald Trump.

          • pick me plz

          • Arlingtoon

            Actually that’s a pretty tall order, isn’t it?!

  • Dezlboy

    And how much gas will be burned and wasted as cars (not even buying into this gimmick) are idling in bumper to bumper traffic.

    Newt go home.

  • NotNewt

    Sounds like he wants the feds to pick winners and losers in the marketplace (helping lower gasoline costs is ok, helping to diversify and add in renewable energy/cut fossil fuels is not)?


  • DCBufftoo!

    He isn’t “giving it away” if you have to pay for it! This headline is ridiculous.

  • Nope

    10,000 gallons please

  • YTK


  • Callie

    Well, he is a gas bag. Headline for the Newtster. Gas is a commodity. Prices are determined on the commodities market.

  • GMo

    Humn, perfect I’ll send the cheap fuel up to my parents in NJ so they can run the generator for a few more hours to heat their f*cking house.

    • Tabby_TwoTone


  • Cherella

    Um, in 2008 gas was around $4.00…it hasn’t been under $2 since something like 2004-05…as i remember it. This whole situation is crap:
    1. Completely screwing an already jammed packed Col. Pike
    2. Giving implies free as the previous commenters have stated…you are still paying.
    3. WTF is newt even doing this? Just die already nobody likes your molester *ss anyway.
    4. Get your facts straight.
    5. If you are around that area why are you driving anyway when you have so many more, faster ways to get around than waiting in traffic (burning gas) just to pay for MORE gas…um hello….that math doesnt add up.
    6. I could go on and on but will stop now….you’re welcome.

  • ddub

    Gas prices did not reach that level until the lead up to the election and then after Obama was elected in 2008. Otherwise, gas prices averaged closer to $4/gallon for the year. Please don’t simply regurgitate Gingrich gas.


    Regular or premium?

  • I counted one Romney vote in these responses. Bet ya alot of Obama voters will in in line though.

    • WeiQiang

      It certainly would have been interesting optics to see a line full of cars with Obama signs in line for gas. With the Obama campaign office a block away, could have been an easy opportunity to take advantage of the money that the Koch brothers spent.

      • WeiQiang

        correction: Sheldon Adelson’s money, which was the chump change left over from his purchase of the newspapers in Israel.

        [this post will made sense once my previous comment is freed from the shackles of moderation]

  • Chano

    I’d be more impressed if his three wives (two of whom were his mistresses) cleaned my windshield.

    Such a class act.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      That’s a weird thing to say.

  • MB

    What a gas hole.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Good one.

  • Dot

    The price of gas did not fall below $3.00 in 2008. Just more lies.

    • dude really

      um, yes it did. I’m no Newt supporter, but gas prices briefly dropped in November 2008 AFTER Obama was elected, and it went back up again in December.

      • i was living in TX at the time and it was pushing $5 in august… dropped $2 in a few months…?

  • Newt?

    Can Newt explain why gas was $4.12 a gallon in July 2008 under G.W Bush?

    • Arlingtoon

      I’m sure he can — has he ever had nothing to say?

      It won’t make sense, but that won’t stop him.

  • sunflower

    gas can man? gas “con” man more like!

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      That’d make a great sign. I’ll make one out of Scrapple from B&E.

  • SouthArlJD

    Someone call the Ghostbusters. The Stay-Puft Marshmallow monster is coming to Arlington. What a twit. He knows better. He knows gas prices have little to do with economic policies of any President and far more to do with worldwide markets. Jerk. I wouldn’t take his free gas if he poured it into my tank himself. Slimy good-for-nothing.

    • Tabby_TwoTone


      • Quoth the Raven

        Me too, because we all know that Mr. JD would most certainly take free gas if Satan himself poured it into his tank. We all would.

  • Adellatif rayan

    Gingrich buying votes by selling cheap gas in Arlington, Va brings back bad memories about star of elections in a any third world country.

  • Adellatif rayan

    Cheap votes for cheap gas! Courtesy of GOP in Arlington, Va

  • BoredHouseWife

    1.84 2008? where was this?

    and it is “selling cheap gas” not “giving away cheap gas”.

  • John Snyder

    This could be the best give-away PR event since Mr. Carlson gave away turkeys on WKRP.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      I’ve been completely outdone in the pop culture of the 70s/80s theme.

      So proud.

    • AC

      As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

    • Banksy

      We have a winner! So timely and so true!

      TBS should run that episode for 24 hours everything Thanksgiving, just like they do A Christmas Story on Xmas.

  • AL

    Just passed by there this morning at 7:30. There’s a bunch of dumb looking people dressed up like gas cans. “Can hope fill your gas tank?” Seemed to be causing a huge traffic jam along Columbia Pike… thanks Newt!

    BTW I did not see Newt there.

    • Dr Seuss

      Not like you could have missed that giant head of his

      • PT

        I stopped in for fuel on my way to work. Newt was there.

        • Bacon

          I was hoping some 20 something Arlingtonian chick would show up, and hit on Newt, causing Calista’s helmet-head to explode right then and there.

          Did it happen?

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    Right lane pretty much a parking lot back to Barton St as of 7:15 a.m. Very well thought out I must say. Where are the ACPD when there are so many “proactivity expectations” to be had?

  • YTK

    Didn’t some gay rights group put a giant condom over his house’s chimney several years ago? Or was it some other equally execrable member of Congress?

  • malaka

    Perhaps he should have done something worthwhile like taking it to the folks in NY/NJ. A$$hat

    • Not Me

      Excellent point.

  • drax

    When it comes to gasoline, liberals are usually for personal responsibility, self-sufficiency and sacrifice and most conservatives are the lazy whiners who think they are entitled to something that the government should make sure they get.

    • Quoth the Raven

      I didn’t know “liberals” and “conservatives” were such cohesive groups that one can lump them together like this, but I’m sure you have evidence to back this up, right? Or did you just make it up?

      • drax

        Just following the standard labels thrown around here on ArlNow. Glad you don’t like them either.

    • WeiQiang

      waaaiiiit a minute. are you saying that oil company subsidies and other favorable treatment is like picking winners and losers?

  • the_subverter

    this is kind of interesting…. actual historical gas prices.

    http://www.GasBuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx?city1=USA Average&city2=&city3=&crude=n&tme=60&units=us

  • b0rk

    What an idiot. That number is so misleading. Yes the price plummeted but not until it SKYROCKETED under Bush.

    Under Clinton, gasoline was around $1 per gallon at it’s cheapest. Under G. W. Bush it rose to well over $4 per gallon, and rose steadily his entire term until it fell drastically at the very end, right before Obama took office.

    Of course it has gone back up. But it’s never been higher than under Bush.

  • Arlington Cat

    When Newt was cheating with Calista, Calista was living nearby in Fairlington.

    • DCBuff

      Well done, making the ArlCo connection.


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