I noticed the other day that my Honda Fit was getting about 25 highway mpg as opposed to the 30-32 that I’m used to, so I checked and found out that the tires were about 2 psi less inflated than the manual recommends. I gave them all a modest boost (except the back right which didn’t need it) and the mileage jumped back to where it should be. It’s weird, if Obama hadn’t said anything or if McCain hadn’t acted like an ass I might not have thought to check.
This is doubtless a normal day in the life of people who drive more than I do, which means most car owners probably know this at the kind of level that horse owners know not to walk around behind when his ears are folded back. Picking on tire pressure isn’t like scapegoating foreign Arab people who are outside of most Americans’ range of experience. People don’t need to read any white papers to know that it’s stupid. As much as anything that’s why Obama had just the right response: laugh at them. Americans who don’t have their cars taken care of by little people already know that he’s right.