White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pushed back on Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy’s question about a pun-filled tweet from 1600 Pennsylvania Av celebrating a reported 16-cent drop in the cost of an Independence Day barbecue.
“Planning a cookout this year? Ketchup on the news,” the White House tweeted Thursday. “According to the Farm Bureau, the cost of a 4th of July BBQ is down from last year. It’s a fact you must-hear(d) – Hot dog, the Biden economic plan is working. And that’s something we can all relish.”
“Sixteen cents?” Doocy asked after noting the tweet.
Psaki replied that there has “been a reduction in some of the costs of key components” of barbecuing. Doocy followed-up by asking whether such a discount is truly impactful given the more-than-$1-per-gallon rise in gas prices since Biden took office – as the administration has taken several steps to curtail America’s energy production.
“I would say, if you don’t like hot dogs, you may not care of the reduction of cost. You don’t have to like hot dogs,” Psaki replied, adding that Biden’s “Build Back Better Agenda” continues to produce its intended results.
However, last month the Bureau of Economic Analysis released data showing overall food prices rising 0.4% since March – an entire percentage increase from this time in 2020.
Beef and pork, the most common base meats in BBQ, have seen sizeable spikes in price over the past year, with beef increasing more than 3%, and pork up 2.6% according to the bureau.
In addition, some experts are predicting a potential shortage in propane and propane tanks, which are used for heating not only barbecue grills but pools and mountain cabins as Americans head outside to enjoy summertime.
The Center for the National Interest, a right-leaning think tank founded by President Nixon, recently cited a Connecticut news report as a concerning prediction of a spike in prices for both elements.
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