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Viva, Las Vegas!
February 3, 2010 - Per Peterson
I love when a president inserts his foot into his mouth as much as the next guy, but I have to defend President Obama when it comes to his references to Las Vegas. For the second time in a year, Obama has ticked off Las Vegas officials by singling out the state when talking about how families and businesses shouldn’t be blowing money there. He sparked criticism Tuesday from Nevada’s elected officials for suggesting that people saving money for college shouldn’t blow it in Las Vegas a year after saying, "You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices.’’ Obama first singled out Las Vegas last February, saying that bailed-out banks shouldn’t go there using taxpayer money. Look, Vegas, all the president is doing is making a point, and your city long ago became intertwined in myriad of cliches (“what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” ring a bell?). Nothing you can do about it now. Plus, your nickname is Sin City for crying out loud. SIN CITY! What do you expect? The kicker of this story is that Nevada, which is struggling mightily with foreclosures, bankruptcies and unemployment, supported Obama in the 2008 election. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said during a news conference Wednesday that Obama is no friend to Las Vegas and would not be welcomed here if he visits. Yeah, right. ‘‘I’ll do everything I can to give him the boot,’’ Goodman said. ‘‘This president is a real slow learner.’’ Maybe, but you have bigger things to worry about, people of Vegas, than the president sullying your pristine name.
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