In a 6 July 2009 interview with the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, Obama gave the same false information on U.S. oil imports he has been repeating since at least February of this year:
We have known for decades that our survival depends on finding new sources of energy. Yet we import more oil today than ever before [Emphasis mine].
That quote is from the official White House transcript of the interview.
Obama was wrong in February and is wrong today.
The above chart from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, shows that U.S. oil imports peaked in November 2005 and have been declining ever since.
On the page at the above link, you may view a data table of the U.S. weekly oil imports from 1991 to date.
Now, I know the facts on this, you (now) know the facts on this, but the President of the United States keeps spouting inaccuracies about U.S. oil imports. I found this data very easily, and I would kinda think Obama—backed by dozens of staff and a trillion-dollar bureaucracy—could as well.
Yet Obama has been spouting this drivel since at least February 2009—even though the facts are laughably easy to obtain.
So my question is this:
Are Obama and his administration lying or simply ignorant and inept?
The answer has to be one of those two choices.
Frankly, neither answer sits well with me, nor should it with you.