Gasoline prices are skyrocketing, as many news reports attest. The stories blame a variety of factors for the uptick — from unrest in Egypt to rising summer demand. But, like the absence of Pierre from Sartre's café, the stories hold a gaping absence in which something ought to be. That something? The sinister implication that blame should fall on the president. Such an implication was rarely out of public view throughout the eight years of President Bush's stay in the White House, but, as A. Barton Hinkle points out, is scarce during the Obama administration.