President Bush suggests if Congress had acted on his energy plan when he submitted it years ago, motorists wouldn't be feeling so much pain at the pump.
After a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Bush said he was "concerned" about soaring gas prices.
But he says he anticipated this happening three years ago, and asked his team to put together an energy strategy that makes the nation less dependent on foreign oil.
The president says officials now are decrying the prices at the pump, but at the same time aren't doing anything about it.
Bush also says he won't "play politics" with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Some Democrats have called for tapping the back-up supply, but Bush says the reserve is only to be used in case of a major supply disruption.