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President Obama Arrives in Las Vegas
At 6:40 PM on Thursday February 18th 2010 President Obama landed in Las Vegas at McCarran International Airport.
After twice in the last year telling Americans not to spend their money in Vegas he spends million of the tax payers money. What could be so important for him to come here and disrupt our city to the point it costs one group of local businesses millions of dollars in lost revenues?
He is here to beg the rich and famous for money, I mean to attend a $30,000 per plate fund raiser being held at the home of Mr George Maloof, the owner of the Palms Casino.
From 5:45 p.m. Thursday to Friday 1:30 p.m. the only air traffic that is allowed within about 10 miles of McCarron Airport will be airlines, air ambulances, and law enforcement aircraft according to the FAA. Air tours are banned in a 30 mile radius of the airport. Since they all use the airport, they are screwed. This effectively puts air tour operators that fly people to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam out of business for a day.
If President Obama really cared about businesses in Las Vegas he could have easily flown into Nellis Air Force Base instead. But of course then this would have greatly reduced his public visibility as gaining access to the Air Force base is much more difficult than the public airport.
President Obama is scheduled to attend two events on Friday. A town hall meeting being held at a high school in Henderson, NV., a suburb of Las Vegas, and then he will be giving a speech at the Aria Resort & Casino to business leaders later in the day before leaving Friday afternoon. The Aria Resort is part of the City Center, Las Vegas's newest megaresort on "The Strip".
Earlier this month President Obama said "You don't go blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college." This has many Las Vegas residents, Nevada politicians and Las Vegas Mayar Oscar Goodman upset over the Presidents words.
About 1 year ago the President said something similar. He said that corporations shouldn't use federal bailout money for trips to Las Vegas, the Super bowl or Corporate Jets. Las Vegas Tourism and Casinos have reported that shortly after a large number of companies canceled conventions and events that were scheduled to come here. It has been estimated that when he said this one year ago it hurt our local economy to the tune of $2 BILLION dollars in lost conventions and tourism.
The Las Vegas economy has been struggling the last 2 years with tourism down sharply. Nevada is #1 in home foreclosures nationwide with most of that being the Las Vegas metro area. Unemployment is over 10% here too.
While there is a thing as freedom of speech, should the President really be targeting a city with his off-hand remarks when they cost us so dearly? Two Billion dollars is a lot of damage to a city that depends so dearly upon tourism and conventions. Should he better consider his words first and how many people he may hurt in the process before making such remarks?
After having hurt us so badly one year ago why oh why would he do the same thing again? Then come visit us 2 weeks later for a $30,000 per plate fund raiser.
Mayor Oscar Goodman turned down an invitation from the White House to meet the President when he arrives at McCarran Airport and later at the town hall meeting.
Jack Radke, the Mayors spokesman, said Mr. Goodman would consider the invitation only if the President would issue an apology.
Mayor Oscar Goodman Quotes
"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..."
"an apology won't be acceptable this time...... I want to assure you when he comes I will do everything I can to give him the boot..."
"I don't know where his vendetta comes from, but we're not going to let him make his bones by lambasting Las Vegas."
"This president is a real slow learner,"
"He has a real psychological hang-up about the entertainment capital of the world and an apology won't be acceptable this time."
End Mayor Oscar Goodman Quotes
Mayor Oscar Goodman has my utmost respect for standing his ground against the President. Give him hell, he deserve every bit of it, and then some, in my opinion.
So far the only acknowledgement the President has given to these issues is to say in a letter to Nevada Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that "he wasn't saying anything negative about Las Vegas"
Oh really, is that so Mr. President? How is that not negative when you equate spending excessively with the city of Las Vegas, not once, but twice within one year. Nah he isn't doing nothing wrong, saying anything negative or hurting anyone in this city. Great job Mr. President.
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Just hope President Obama doesn't decide to show your hometown some good old Presidential loving anytime soon!
I was asked to be unbiased in this hub, but I'm sorry thats pretty much impossible for me because President Obama's words hurt me, my friends and my neighbors who really would like to return to work and to see tourist return to our fine city.
While I can't blame all of our problems on his words, they sure did make a bad situation much worse. I pray his latest comments do not compound our problems even more so. Come on President Obama, man up and give the city of Las Vegas the public apology we all deserve. Or stay away, your no longer welcome here! How is that for change?
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