DENVER (CBS4) – Energy is on the minds of many Coloradans, and in President Barack Obama’s interview with CBS4 anchor Karen Leigh on Monday, he responded at length to questions from CBS4 viewers on the topic.

Officials with the White House invited a CBS4 crew that included Leigh to tour the White House on Monday. They granted Leigh an interview with the president and provided unprecedented access to the facility. In her live report previewing the interview during CBS4 News at Noon, Leigh appeared on the South Lawn.

Obama spoke for several minutes about the nation’s energy issues during the interview, which included questions from Leigh that CBS4 viewers had emailed her.

He said his aim for the country continues to be moving away from dependence on foreign oil. He said oil production in the U.S. is higher than it has been in about eight years.

“We’re making progress both on the production front and becoming more efficient as an economy. But obviously that’s not providing the kind of relief that people want right now at the gas pump. So we’re looking at everything we can,” Obama said.

Watch the interview in its entirety on the Video page.

Obama said he has asked the attorney general to form a task force to make sure no one is manipulating the oil markets. He also said he’s also hoping to keep tabs on tax subsidies for the oil companies.

Obama also stressed that natural gas is an important resource moving forward and that proper regulations need to be in place as US production expands.

Obama also spoke about the war in Afghanistan and even made a comment about the Denver Broncos pursuing free agent Peyton Manning.

Comments (8)
  1. Asodeska says:

    “We’re looking at everything we can” He said.
    What a liar!
    What about Keystone, Sir?
    What about all those proposals you have turned down, both onshore and offshore?
    I guess one more lie to the American people does not really matter to you.

    1. Mr B. says:

      You are very disrespectful. The President is referring to things that will actually help with gas price relief right now. Keystone is dead, it wouldn’t help gas prices one bit anyway.

      1. Marie says:

        It’s not disrespect, Mr. B, it’s called Freedom of Speech under our First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


    2. Marie says:

      Right on Asodeska.

  2. Marie says:

    Interviewed the President, Ms. Leigh? You “listened” to him, and just let him tell YOU what’s what. I was really looking for a good interview. Oh well.

  3. Tony says:

    A ridiculously over-hyped (“unprecedented access”) interview with softball questions and no real answers. Too bad Ms. Leigh didn’t have the courage to truly question the president as some of the other local reporters across the nation have done in similar interviews.

    1. Marie says:

      How true, Tony. The reason Ms.Leigh didn’t ask the pertinent questions to President Obama is because she is totally sold out to President Obama. Honestly, Karen Leigh might as well quit Channel 4 news and become Barack Obama’s A Number One Campaign Manager. I noticed that about her way back in 2008.

  4. Ibn Whackinit says:

    I`d do her!

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