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President Obama Gets Bashed About Las Vegas Comment: I Feel Sick With Laughter

2 February 2010 by Devon Chappell
LV Mayor Says He Will Take Obama Down!

Enraged LV Mayor, Oscar Goodman Says He Will Take Obama Down!

I’ll be the first to admit that I am most definitely partial to President Barrack Obama in relation to other U.S. politicians, especially those of the far right. So much so, in fact, that us avid Obama supporters generally get labeled by the anti-Obama camp as being naive idolaters who believe that Obama simply can’t do anything wrong….no matter what he does. So, if Obama decides to start dropping nukes, well then, if you ask me, don’t worry about a thing. He’s Obama. He knows what he’s doing.

In other words, no, I don’t believe Obama can’t do anything wrong. The fact that Obama supports offshore drilling and nuclear energy, while I don’t necessarily believe that’s the cure for America’s energy woes, I am 99.9% sure Obama is doing it to appease Republicans and usher in a transition into an America primarily fueled by renewable energy sources. Could this end up slowing the growth of clean energy sources like solar and wind? Maybe. So yes, I believe Obama could do me wrong in the context of energy. And yes, anything else. All politicians are unpredictable. And depending what’s dear to us, there’s plenty that can go wrong.

Think about it. When a public official negatively impacts something dear to you, even if it’s the right thing to do on the whole, that public official is very likely going to fall out of favor with you. They flat out f’d up your world. So, basically, I guess what I’m trying to say three paragraphs deep into this post, is that when President Obama recently made a comment that Americans need to tighten up their belts in these tough economic times, I can understand how certain industry would get down trodden when the President of the United States is telling their customers to not spend as much money.

But what I can’t understand, and quite frankly, makes me laugh and sick to my stomach at the same time, is Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman, hastily calling together a news conference to tell the President he will never be welcome in the town of Las Vegas, calling him a “slow learner” and threatening he (Goodman) will “do everything (I) can to give Obama the boot”, shortly after word spread that Obama told high school students in New Hampshire, “You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices.”

Okay, so maybe Goodman (not maybe…more like definitely) is just a crazy, irrational person? The Mayor goes off the deep end for a day, and soon all is forgotten and forgiven – not that there’s anything to be forgiven if you ask me.

Look, I know the Las Vegas economy is really hurting right now. But Mr. Mayor, you are the one who allowed an unprecedented flurry of condo construction to take place on scared money. You are the Mayor. And now you want to blame the President for warning Americans…err, high school students, to not blow their money on your games of chance? Are you crazy? You realize he was speaking to high school students, right? So instead, you and your State senator, Shelley Berkley, not to mention certain media outlets, blow his comments entirely out of context and claim that because Obama tells high school students to not blow their money gambling (which does happen by the way), but rather, to start saving for college, Las Vegas is going down the drain. Well, if that’s the business you are losing, then by all mean, down the drain you go man!

This is almost as ridiculous as last year when Las Vegas tourism and casino officials openly complained, claiming that when Obama told bailed out corporations – bailed out corporations – to not spend federal money on bonus trips to Las Vegas (which was happening, by the way), numerous companies cancelled their Las Vegas business trips, consequently hurting the city direly. Uhm, can you say “recession”?

In my opinion, this whole thing is utterly laughable. Just as laughable is the fact that the anti-gambling camp is all mum’s-the-word. It’s funny how loud they cry out whenever the government liberalizes casino gambling, but when the man whom they love to hate encourages high school kids to not blow their college savings on gambling, consequently receiving a mountain of irrational backlash, they say absolutely nothing in his defense. Truth be told, what it all really comes down to is irresponsible reporting. Even Yahoo, and of late, the increasingly biased Associated Press, warped President Obama’s comments completely out of context, scantly mentioning the fact that Obama was speaking at a high school, every so itching to get an emotional reaction, which they did.

And now even I’m emotional! Only it’s the other way around. Try North, because at this rate, Canada is looking like a really viable option for an expatriate in the making.

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2 Responses to “President Obama Gets Bashed About Las Vegas Comment: I Feel Sick With Laughter”

  1. David says:

    A hearty amen to everything you said in this post. On the subject of the energy compromises, is it possible that Obama is trying to cut a deal vis a vis healthcare?