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Obama, what happens in Las Vegas stay's in Vegas

Updated on February 28, 2012

For the second time in a year President Obama is explaining himself over a comment regarding Las Vegas. The first time occurred February 2009, he was scolding large corporations that spend money to hold their annual conferences in Vegas. That little lecture caused 30,000 hotel rooms booked for conferences to be canceled at an estimated loss of $20 million to the city, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. You would think that President Obama would learn from his mistakes. After all Las Vegas is part of America. It isn't the presidents job to punish businesses that visit Las Vegas. Unfortunately President Obama did not learn from his mistake. Learning from his mistakes does not seem to be one of President Obama's strong traits. This time, almost exactly one year later, President Obama is defending his new assault on Las Vegas.

Obama's latest anti-Vegas quote is, "When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don't go buying a boat when you're trying to pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save on college. You prioritize, you make tough choices." The attack on Vegas is so damaging that President Obama's close political ally Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said "Obama needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn't be spending their money."

Maybe President Obama finally got the message, who knows. You would think that he would get it after the first time. We can chalk that one up as a rookie mistake. He wasn't in office long at that point, and he had a lot going on. This newest gaff is pretty indefensible. Obama tried to defend his statements in a letter that Harry Reid's office released. This is President Obama's explanation "I was making the simple point that families use vacation dollars, not college tuition money, to have fun. There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country's great destinations."

The combination of these two statements bother me. If we take them at face value what was Obama trying to say? Obama's comment that we should be responsible is a direct insult to the American people. We are not little kids, we are not Obama's children, we do not need him to set guidelines of what responsibility is. First off, Obama telling anyone to be responsible is laughable in itself. Obama has created record spending deficits. He is begging China to fund our debt. He has not cut any government spending at all. His solution to fixing the economy is more government spending.

Secondly, who is any president to tell us how to spend our money. We do not have a king, we have a president. He already takes his "cut" of our income through income taxes. What we choose to do with our remaining money is our business. If I want to invest it in college educations, then I will. If I want to blow it in Vegas, guess what, I will. I don't need anyone to tell me which is the wiser decision. It is time for this President to start acting presidential, stop underestimating the American people, and worry about his spending not ours.

The other thing is Obama's claim that Vegas is a great place to visit. If he believes that, then why did he make the statement in the first place. It is just his way of admitting that he made another mistake without owning up to the responsibility. Maybe next time he will think three times before he speaks. Thinking twice isn't working for him.

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      michiganman567 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for the comment Webscape,

      He just had a new one. A Alice in Wonderland party at the White house. They kept it on the down low because they just had a $4 million trip to Hawaii and so many Americans are hurting these days. Our King and Queen are living it up!

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      WebscapeOutdoors 6 years ago from Michigan, USA

      michiganman567, you have summed up the Obama Presidency, spend as much as he can and then tell us to tighten our belts.

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      michiganman567 7 years ago from Michigan

      Vance, you are a moron with poor reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.

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      Vance 7 years ago

      First of all most of the american people are pretty stupid, they waste money and all Obama is trying to do is help these idiots. Secondly, you are biased and probably criticizing him because he is the first black president. Also, he is cleaning up the crap bush took on all you ignorant americans.

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      michiganman567 7 years ago from Michigan

      Prasetio, thanks for your comment

      Tom Cornet, Thanks for the comment, and good one!

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      I'd go to Vegas but I still don't have a JOB! :)

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I know Las Vegas is the city that never slept, the casino city and the city of international boxing championship. I am very impressed that Mr.Obama visited Las Vegas. Thanks for this information.

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      michiganman567 7 years ago from Michigan

      I'm glad that you found me too!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      Glad I found you. I'll be reading more of what you write.

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      michiganman567 7 years ago from Michigan

      Sheri thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

      I am not so sure how smart he really is. He went to Harvard, does that make him smart? If it does, then Bush is smart because he went to Yale. If Harvard doesn't automatically make him smart, then I don't know what Obama has done to prove his intelligence to us. He sure doesn't have the Midas touch.

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      SheriSapp 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Wonderful hub!!! I find it disgraceful that he is spending GENERATIONS of Americans into poverty, but he wants to TELL us how and what to spend our money on. His problem is that if it isn't pre-printed out on his teleprompter he is at a loss. For such a smart guy, don't you think he'd be more able to think on his feet?

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      michiganman567 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the comment Leo, I think that most people are starting to realize that Obama has been a disaster.

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      Leo Rizzuti 7 years ago

      Excellent article! If the economy wasn't in such bad shape this would almost be funny. Unfortunately, we have a child in the White House who doesn't think about the consequences of his words as President. This is akin to a crack addict chastising his neighbor for smoking cigarettes.

      Maybe he would be wise to listen to the advice given by Solomon: First remove the beam in your own eye, before you point out the mote that is in your brother's eye.