U.S. President Barack Obama has got a bad case of gas … prices, that is.

According to a new Washington Post/ ABC News poll, half of the country “strongly disapprove” of the way that Obama is handling the economy –  while another 9 percent “somewhat disapprove.”

That’s some intense disdain. In fact it’s the most intense economic disapproval of Obama’s presidency – representing a nine-point spike in just one month. Meanwhile only 20 percent “strongly approve” of Obama’s economic performance.

The culprit? High gas prices … which are complicating Obama’s latest “happy days are here again” narrative.

Given his ongoing efforts to limit domestic energy production, Obama is exceedingly vulnerable on this issue – and Republicans (who have been getting their asses handed to them on the messaging front) are pounding him the same way Democrats used to pound former president George W. Bush.

“This administration willfully ignores rational choices that would lower energy prices and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote in an op-ed article published in The Wall Street Journal.

That’s true …

Obama’s energy policy involves taxpayer-funded subsidies for ill-fated solar power ventures (unlike China, America hasn’t figured out how to make cheap solar panels yet). Of course that’s only marginally dumber than U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s energy policy, which involves warmongering against Iran for no reason other than his slavish devotion to our nation’s military-industrial complex.

Seriously … let’s try maximizing our domestic capacity while at the same time avoiding needless sabre-rattling.

Our guess is that’s the way to go here …