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2 Jul, 2021 20:58

Biden administration defends celebrating 16-cent savings on July 4 BBQs despite dramatically rising gas prices

Biden administration defends celebrating 16-cent savings on July 4 BBQs despite dramatically rising gas prices

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has pushed back against criticism of a tweet from the administration celebrating a miniscule 16-cent reduction in Fourth of July costs, eliciting even more protests.

Asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy about the much-maligned tweet from the official White House account, Psaki defended the savings and chalked up criticism to people who must not enjoy a hot dog on Independence Day.

“There has been a reduction in some of the costs of key components of the Fourth of July barbecue,” she said. “That was what the tweet was noting.”

Asked how a $0.16 saving compares to rising gas costs across the country, Psaki said, “I would say if you don’t like hot dogs, you may not care of the reduction of cost.”

“You can’t buy a hotdog for 16 cents, that’s like a bite of a hot dog!” Doocy fired back. 

After some back and forth with Doocy, Psaki quickly pivoted to the recent jobs report and moved on.

Psaki’s defense of the White House’s controversial tweet, however, renewed criticism that she and the administration are out of touch with working Americans. 

“Sorry to not join the media's ‘SLAY QUEEN’ chorus on these types of responses but her out-of-touch and economically illiterate condescension isn't appealing to me,” Federalist Editor Mollie Hemingway tweeted

“‘Why do you hate hot dogs?’ - from the adults back in charge,” commentator Stephen L. Miller sarcastically added

As other critics noted, despite the celebratory nature of the White House’s tweet, consumer prices in general are on the rise as food and beverage companies raise prices to meet rising costs and inflation. 

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Coca Cola and Kraft Heinz – two fairly regular companies for supplying cookouts – both recently announced possible price hikes for consumers. 

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of a cookout for 10 people – a typical celebration for the Fourth of July – has gone down 16 cents from 2020, but it is also 8% higher than 2019. The group’s original report, released on June 29, initially reported an increase in costs this year, but this was later changed.

As Doocy mentions, gas prices are also on the rise, with Americans facing the highest prices in seven years this Independence Day weekend. The average price is $3.126 per gallon, according to AAA, which is a dollar more than the average a year ago. 

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