Don’t Blame Obama for High Gas: Ace Greenberg

Don’t blame President Obama for the rising price of gasoline, he has no control over it, former Bear Stearns CEO Alan “Ace” Greenberg told CNBC Monday.

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

“Blaming the admininistration for the price of gas, they might as well blame him for lack of rain in southwest part of the country,” said Greenberg, also vice chairman emeritus at JPMorgan Chase, which bought the collapsing Bear Stearns during the financial crisis.

“He’s got no control over (oil prices),” he said of Obama, whose energy policieshave been criticized by several of his Republican presidential opponents as gas has exceeded $4 a gallonin some U.S. cities.

“You have problems in Nigeria, you maybe have problems in Iran...people are afraid and there’s not much you can do about it,” Greenberg said. “In the industry, people say there’s no reason for this price, it’s just hysteria. Maybe they’re right. I hope it goes down.”

Greenberg, who said he’s an “optimist at heart,” said the country’s “going in the right direction.”

“When our president came in three years ago, I don’t think any president faced as many problems as he had. We’ve done a remarkable job of working out many problems,” Greenberg added. “The pessimists are right for a short time in this business, but in the long run it’s the optimists who make the money.”