SCENE: A nearly-deserted parking lot. BARACK OBAMA enters from the right side of the screen.
BARACK OBAMA: Hi. I’m Barack Obama, and you probably know I’m running for President. Recently, Hillary Clinton and John McCain have both attacked me over my refusal to remove the gas tax. They say I’m not responsive to the needs of working-class Americans. So I thought I’d just tell you what the real deal is.
OBAMA points on his left side, and a BIG VERTICAL YELLOW BAR shows up. On it, in black, is printed 84.5 MILLION BARRELS PER DAY.
BARACK OBAMA: Now this here is how much oil the world produces every day. Eighty-four million barrels.
He points on his right side, and a BIG VERTICAL BLUE BAR shows up. On it, in black, is printed 84.2 MILLION BARRELS PER DAY.
BARACK OBAMA: And this is how much oil the world uses every day. You can see we use just about everything we can find now, and the problem is that now, we’re at the point where there isn’t enough oil to go around.
The bars disappear. A series of pictures of HIGH GAS PRICES at gas stations appears.
BARACK OBAMA: It’s a pretty simple concept: when there isn’t enough of something to go around, that something gets more expensive until enough people can’t afford to buy it any more, so the supply problem goes away.
Cut back to OBAMA.
BARACK OBAMA: But here’s the thing: if we get rid of the gas tax, that doesn’t make more oil, and the oil companies are still gonna have to set their prices to the point where enough people aren’t buying gas so they can supply everyone who afford it. Getting rid of the gas tax just means we’re letting oil companies pay less taxes. It’s not going to help you at the pump.
A series of pictures of BUSES AND SUBWAYS and things.
BARACK OBAMA: We can’t make more oil appear, but we can invest in renewable resources, in public transit, and if we do that, we can reduce demand, and reduce oil prices that way.
Cut back to OBAMA.
BARACK OBAMA: It’s really simple. Which makes you wonder why Hillary Clinton and John McCain don’t think you can understand it. My name is Barack Obama, and I approve this message.