Gas prices hurting Obama, who struggles to feel 'pain at pump'

John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE is right: If gas is $5 or $6 a gallon next fall, President Obama will likely lose his reelection.

Luckily for the president, gas prices rise in anticipation of the summer driving season, and some analysts already think they’ve hit a peak.

So while gas prices are killing Obama’s approval rating right now, the real downside for the president is that people paying $4 per gallon don’t want to hear about how much the economy is recovering. They want to see that the president gets what they’re going through. 

This political conundrum again highlights what Obama lacks as a politician. The president desperately needs a Clintonesque “I feel your pain” moment, but that is one club he does not have in his bag.