It doesn't pay to live in President Obama's neighborhood, at least in the pain in the gas department. The Watergate Exxon, pictured on top, and the M Street Exxon, shown at bottom, are just a mile from the White House. It is highly unlikely that President Obama is aware of these high prices, but Vice President Joe Biden, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi all pass by these stations from time to time, giving them a bird's eye view of the gas price surges Americans have been witnessing. [See a slide show of the 10 states with the highest energy use.]
When we first started this feature in March, the Watergate price for regular was $4.55 a gallon, the M Street price $3.99. The new prices represent an 11 percent jump at the Watergate and a 15 percent hike on M Street. Ironically, among the few takers of the more expensive Watergate gas are drivers of federal cars, according to a government source who works near the station. "It's convenient and they don't care what the price is," said the source.