Reports have pointed out that while the numbers did increase it was mostly because of work done on private and state land. This area of oil production would have been outside of Obama's jurisdiction.
A theme has begun to materialize in recent appearances by former President Barack Obama: he's not getting the credit he deserves for things like the strong economy or the U.S. energy boom.
Last December, Obama touted the streak of job production under his administration—although the economic recovery from the recession was slow overall—and then remarked tartly it was a "streak that still continues, by the way. Thanks, Obama."
On Tuesday at an event in Texas, Obama mourned the notion that the U.S. boom in energy production had suddenly occurred under Trump.
"You wouldn't always know it, but it went up every year I as president. That whole, suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas—that was me, people," he said.