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vegas is pissed at obama-but if you ask me i think vegas needs to shut up!

Discussion in 'GENERAL DISCUSSION' started by Sookie, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    <cite class="vcard"> By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press Writer Oskar Garcia, Associated Press Writer </cite> <abbr title="2010-02-03T15:31:10-0800" class="timedate">Wed Feb 3, 6:31 pm ET</abbr> LAS VEGAS President Barack Obama is known for having a way with words, but some lawmakers from Nevada wish he would pipe down about trips to Sin City. After sparking a firestorm of criticism from Nevada's elected officials for suggesting that people saving money for college shouldn't blow it in Las Vegas , Obama told U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter that he wasn't saying anything negative about Las Vegas. It was the second time since taking office that Obama singled out Las Vegas as a potential example of spending excessively. I was making the simple point that families use vacation dollars, not college tuition money, to have fun, Obama said, according to the letter released by Reid's office. There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country's great destinations. Obama said he always enjoys his visits to Las Vegas. A White House spokesman referred to Obama's letter to Reid and said the administration had no further comment. Perception and reputation are sensitive issues for Sin City as it struggles to find footing amid a two-year meltdown of foreclosures, bankruptcies and unemployment. Tourism is the Silver State's backbone, and several lawmakers said they were shocked that Obama singled out Las Vegas again after commenting last February that bailed-out banks shouldn't go to Las Vegas using taxpayer money. When times are tough, you tighten your belts, Obama said, according to a White House transcript of his appearance Tuesday at a high school in Nashua, N.H. You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage, Obama said. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. The comments quickly sparked a flurry of reaction in the Silver State, which supported Obama in the 2008 election. Nevada had an unemployment rate of 13 percent in December. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said during a hastily called news conference that Obama is no friend to Las Vegas and would not be welcomed here if he visits. I'll do everything I can to give him the boot, Goodman said. This president is a real slow learner. Goodman and others are worried that Obama's words will discourage visitors from coming to Las Vegas and depress the industry further. Enough is enough! Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley said in a statement. President Obama needs to stop picking on Las Vegas and he needs to let Americans decide for themselves how and where to spend their hard-earned vacation dollars. Nevada's tourism has been hit hard during the past two years as consumers everywhere tighten leisure spending and companies spend less on meetings and conventions. Reid, one of Obama's closest allies, issued a statement headlined Reid to Obama: 'Lay off Las Vegas' and was unusually blunt in his reaction. The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn't be spending their money, Reid said. I would much rather tourists and business travelers spend their money in Las Vegas than spend it overseas. Sen. John Ensign , a Republican, complained that Obama failed to grasp the weight that his words carry. Once again he has threatened the struggling economy of Las Vegas, Ensign said, recalling what he characterized as Obama's irresponsible comment in February 2009.Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons and Rep. Dean Heller , both Republicans, and Democratic Rep. Dina Titus also disparaged the president's remarks, while Republican candidates hoping to unseat Reid this year called for an apology.One year ago, Obama commented during a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Ind., that corporations shouldn't use federal bailout money for trips to Las Vegas , the Super Bowl or corporate jets. Tourism and casino officials said the comment hurt the city as companies canceled meetings in Las Vegas and rescheduled them elsewhere.Obama later said during a May 2009 trip to Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas that it was nice to get out of Washington and there's nothing like a quick trip to Vegas in the middle of the week. Goodman said he thought Obama had a psychological hang-up of using Las Vegas as an example of excessive spending, and that this time, an apology wouldn't be enough. He has to step up right away and say, you know, he wasn't thinking, Goodman said. Sometimes when he's not using his monitors and reading what he says, he doesn't think. And this is one of those times he didn't think, and he should straighten out the record because he's been here, he knows Las Vegas is a great place. ___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking in Washington, Ken Ritter in Las Vegas and Sandra Chereb in Carson City contributed to this report. -- Edited by Cat Dancer on Saturday 6th of February 2010 06:42:49 PM
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  2. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    i just mean come on what are they freaking about -i mean are they pissed cuz they think bailed out banks SHOULD go to vegas w/ tax payers money?wtf? i mean look this is what he said that has them losing there minds: When times are tough, you tighten your belts, Obama said, according to a White House transcript of his appearance Tuesday at a high school in Nashua, N.H. You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage, Obama said. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. i mean is the boat industry going batshit too?  
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  3. rebago

    rebago WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    I am sick of it. Have been sick of it. It is inexplicable how they have treated this president. He gets attacked for everything he does. Not just this but every move he makes. Nevada needs to take care of that problem that they have with their Mayor and Gov. I hope people are taking names and will kick a** when it comes election time.
  4. ctf1969

    ctf1969 WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    lol Just a typical political snafu. Obama said nothing that another politician hasn't already said, he just said it about a place with alot of vocal people! Imagine if he had said retired people shouldn't go to Florida in the winter because they need to save their money to help their grandkids or even BETTER, that they need to stay home so that the fuel guzzling RV's don't contribute to global warming. Not the best comparison, but I think you get my point. It Does not matter where or how he says to save money or do something, there will ALWAYS be some entity that complains. "
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    With that said, I personally don't care for our current President. I voted for him only because I thought he was the least corrupted of the candidates. (NOT CORRUPT, corrupted, big difference) IMO He has not produced anything significant in his first year in office. Hopefully the remainder of his term is better. "
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    Reguardless, I wish him and ALL elected officials luck in their jobs. I don't care if they are a Dem. or Rep. I just want OUR country to get back on top of things.
  5. Percival12

    Percival12 WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    Mmm. very odd to say the least.
  6. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    im with you rebago
  7. mixx

    mixx Banned

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

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  8. I_am_Loni

    I_am_Loni WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    Not ALL of us in Nevada feel that way! I certainly did not take it personally. Although it WOULD impact our economy here in Vegas if tourism dropped off, but let's be realist: we SHOULD have our priorities, and Vegas should be on the bottom of the list if it means your family has less because you came here.
  9. MommyMachine

    MommyMachine A Mommy Machine

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    Im from Nevada born and raised and i def dont feel as if obama said anything wrong people just get too judgemental...
  10. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    tyvm-thats  all im saying and you too mommy -- Edited by Cat Dancer on Saturday 6th of February 2010 03:07:30 AM
  11. cat034

    cat034 KITTY CAT 034

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    im not going o get into politics but lets just say obama had a mess to clean up coming in
  12. rebago

    rebago WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    Wow! Maybe I need to hang out with gamblers more often. I have never seen so many people of the same opinion. You all want to be my FB friends? I need some new ones that agree with me lol
  13. MommyMachine

    MommyMachine A Mommy Machine

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    ill be your friend on fb lol
  14. mixx

    mixx Banned

    RE: vegas is pissed at obama-but if you as me i think vegas needs to shut up!

    That's the part that made me agree about the weight Obama's words carry.
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  15. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    Yeah i know what you meant mixx-and i mostly agree that of course i believe his words carry some weight,its just no matter how many times i read those two comments-i just can not see how anyone could have possibly taken them the way that they're talking about.its ridiculous! But i guess of course thats just me talking . -- Edited by Cat Dancer on Saturday 6th of February 2010 06:43:42 PM
  16. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    You all think that Walt Disney would be turning in his grave if Las Vegas was replaced with Disney Land or Disney World?"
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    Whatever came out of Obama's mouth about any large industry or company would have been taken and twisted around by anyone who had a financial interest in it.

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