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Obama offers a sort-of apology to Las Vegas

Updated 2:24 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
HENDERSON, Nev. -- It may not have been an actual apology, but President Obama nevertheless brought the crowd here to its feet in this Las Vegas suburb Friday with an impromptu exchange with a tourist at his town hall meeting

Obama annoyed Las Vegans recently by saying that struggling families shouldn't "blow" their hard-earned cash in Vegas. The comments annoyed everyone from cab drivers to the city's mayor, who snubbed Obama by not showing up for his arrival this week.

So the president was presented with the perfect opportunity to make amends when he offered a question to a man who said he was from Jonesboro, Ark.

"What are you doing in Vegas?" Obama asked.

"Everyone comes to Vegas," the man said, prompting massive applause.

"That's what I'm talking about," Obama said.

"Did you spend some money here in Vegas?" he asked? After getting a "yes," Obama added: "That's good. We like to see that."

The standing ovation was especially raucous.

Obama attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday night in Las Vegas. His host, casino magnate George Maloof, suggested to Las Vegas Sun political analyst Jon Ralston that Obama's cash-blowing comments "were brutal on Vegas" but that the president "probably didn't feel it was too big a deal."

After the fundraiser, though, Maloof said he was convinced that Obama "really loves Las Vegas."

By Michael D. Shear  |  February 19, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
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Comments

Now Sportsfans Do not burst out laughing so hard BUT... I read somewhere today in the Wash Compost that there May be another " secret Deal" in the making... it seems that the Failed Supreme Odumbo might accept a SCOTUS appointment by Hillary if he lets her run in 2012 unopposed... But fear not SCOTUS is really DUFUS reday by then.. However after his successes in addin three REAL jobs via his Stimulus , 1 each in NJ, Va, and Massachssets .. I am looking for another Round of Success in adding more RED jobs after his " Spend For Votes Tour Bribes" in Nevada, California and Colorado... Se he is not Totally Useless after all...HURRAH!

Posted by: redhawk2 | February 20, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Shear seems to be grasping at apology straws....sheeeesh.....

Posted by: RobLaw | February 20, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Lotsa folks here don't seem to like Obama.

Seeing he will be our President for three more years, I have a question for them:

Who's your daddy?

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LMAO...I'm sayin', LMAO!!!

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 19, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not leading.

For example, the only way out of our healthcare mess is a strong public option. Obama apparently does not have the spine for a fight with the insurance companies, so we are toast.

Who we basically have as President is a well-meaning guy who wants to get along with everybody. Say cheese.

The Obama Presidency is more sickening than Dubya's mess.

Posted by: aghastinsantafe | February 19, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe the President's prior remarks were intended to demean, disparage, or discredit spending money in Las Vegas. It seems to me, he simply meant if you are struggling financially don't waste money through gambling in Vegas or any other gambling venue. Alas, people will warp sound judgment at every turn when it points to foolish or reckless behaviors they wish to enjoy. If you can afford to spend money on vacations, gambling, shopping, etc., buy all means, do so and have fun. However, if you have little and are suffering due to the economy, spend with care until the tide changes. May God keep us all afloat until that time. JMHO

Posted by: cntnulprze | February 19, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

A kids show was playing called Sid the science kid. What was shocking to see was this show was teaching a nursery rhyme telling kids basically they all need to be vaccinated or they will get very sick. Now we all know Of course the H1N1 vaccine is manufactured and backed by the US Health Org. And are having allot of problems selling the idea to the public. OK Recap
Government backed broadcasting with a kids show selling the idea of a government backed product to kids. Using Fast food tactics to get their $25 a pop for each vaccine. Am I the only one that see's something wrong with this picture ?

Posted by: josuf100
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Short answer...YES!

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 19, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

LarryG62 - you truly are pathetic as you didn't offer one cogent fact, or rebuttal - you just spewed your hatred. What are you so afraid of that you can think for yourself?

Posted by: begal125 | February 19, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The biggest drain on our economy is all this whining and negative thinking….the down-cycle has created many great investment opportunities in the private sector. And President Obama is sensibly trying to facilitate that. If you really care about Vegas, consider the HiSpeed train option – tourism will be an increasing share of our economy in this century and what better way to attract tourists from Asia than a sleek, fast ride from the West Coast to LV????? We are in an advanced, global economy that requires both public and private investment. That is what President Obama is doing. All this silly “socialist” talk is getting tiresome.

Posted by: cmnsns | February 19, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Only the Lost Vegas' fair and balanced FOX affilate did not cover the event. Hmmm!

Posted by: whocares666 | February 19, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama will say whatever his audience wants to hear. Same goes for Sarah P. I guess Obama had some time to take off and party while the rest of the country's economy sucks. He was probably gambling with all the wall street execs that got those big bonuses from the american taxpayers. Well, at least some americans found jobs being census takers, like we really need to know how many illegals are living in one house/apt.

Posted by: larry40 | February 19, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Someone said that in a recession one should not blow $ in Vegas... All well and good and perhaps gambling is a fools game but people love it... They have been betting since the beginning of time and everyone gambles to some degree.. Office pools on the World Series, the horse race, the football pool at your local bar.....We forget when make comments like the person I quoted above that peoples jobs are at risk if folks don't go to Vegas...Maids, taxi drivers, cooks, wait staff etc are very often minorities and they are currently suffering from unemployment higher than others... They need their jobs..The LAST place in the world I would EVER want to go to would be glitzey Vegas but I do respect the rights of folks to go and spend the money, they earned, in whatever fashion they choose..I live in NYC and I see tourists by the millions come here and spend 4 or 5 times more for a meal than they would in Fargo, ND or Des Moines, Iowa and up to 10 or 11 bucks for a beer in a nice Manhattan bar. Crazy, sure, but keep em coming I say...

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | February 19, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

I am voting for write in candidate Tiger Woods.

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

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Posted by: kstobbe1 | February 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama is right people shouldn't "blow" their money in Vegas, however, spending in Vegas is entirely different. For those who don't know the different shame on them.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I have a story
I watched C span the press conference about 3 weeks ago a reporter asked the white house spokesman " why are the tax payers giving est.8 million a month to public broadcasting as part of stimulus " (the answer was lame)
That's only part of this story is about. The other day I turned on the TV and PBS was on.
A kids show was playing called Sid the science kid. What was shocking to see was this show was teaching a nursery rhyme telling kids basically they all need to be vaccinated or they will get very sick. Now we all know Of course the H1N1 vaccine is manufactured and backed by the US Health Org. And are having allot of problems selling the idea to the public. OK Recap
Government backed broadcasting with a kids show selling the idea of a government backed product to kids. Using Fast food tactics to get their $25 a pop for each vaccine. Am I the only one that see's something wrong with this picture ?

Posted by: josuf100 | February 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The entire economy of my Upstate NY neck of the woods is now dependent on a casino. People not only blow their budget at it, they have also ruined thier marriages and blown their brains out.

And Conservatives get mad because Pres. Obama made a truthful comment? I thought they were family values voters? Where's the value in gambling?

Posted by: AverageJane | February 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Reid is one of those rotten senators that started all those awful bribes. He fits right in with Landrieu, Nelson and the unions. Also, you have the Mayo clinic droping medicare patients. You can google this if in doubt. Doctors are in for a 25%cut in payments in 2011 for medicare patients. I'm a Democrat but not anymore.

Posted by: farmsnorton | February 19, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The Maloof Brothers are two-bit phonies, who will crawl into bed with anyone, as long as it involves money! They were huge supporters of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (heck, their Mother works for the Governor). Now that Obama is in town, they'll pony up to this Chicago Carpetbagger.

If it hadn't been for their father, who owned the Rockets, these guys would be working at a Wal-Mart in Albuquerque.....

Posted by: mikewoolsey | February 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The WAPO reported that the pesident got a standing ovation!!!
Please,please. This was a Dem party faithful and other god worshippers from the Vegus left,socialites dem campaign committee.
One wrote it was nice to see him put a proper sentence together but remember it is NOT his words.He has several speech writers that do just that.Sit down on their fat ass and write lies all day for the pres to sound sincere when reading his prompter.

Posted by: captgrumpy | February 19, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I live in Vegas and all that bull about Reid is just that, pure bull. Dina Titus is in trouble also, because she supports this awful health care bill.

Posted by: farmsnorton | February 19, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama has become a gutless phony or maybe he was a phony and I was just being fooled.

Posted by: lhao333 | February 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

well...it is true. in this times of recession it is idiotic to blow one's $ in Las Vegas

Posted by: jlm062002 | February 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Gambling is the biggest joke ever played on people. You have better odds of getting hit by lightening or struck by a meteorite. It's sad that a city has to depend on it for its survival.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 19, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Gambling is the biggest joke ever played on people. You have better odds of getting hit by lightening or struck by a meteorite. It's sad that a city has to depend on it for its survival.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 19, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Campaigning and Fundraising'
The Heart and Soul of public Service.

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Lotsa folks here don't seem to like Obama.

Seeing he will be our President for three more years, I have a question for them:

Who's your daddy?

Posted by: apspa1 | February 19, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

What an As$ hole this leftist incompetent Odumbo is. Hooray for the mayor for stiffing this slug.

Posted by: LarryG62 | February 19, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

A fundraiser with politicians in Vegas ?
I can see it know, they raised 3 million
But their bar tab was 4 million ha ha
Come on people now THAT'S FUNNY

Posted by: josuf100 | February 19, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I see Obama used the southern preacher accent today.
It has been awhile, since hes used that one.

Though as usual, Obama gives another empty speech, full of shuck-and-jive rhetoric.

Posted by: dashriprock | February 19, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

ephobe, everyone knows that, even those who hate Obama the most. But why not snipe at your political opponent, given the chance? It's much easier than tackling the reality of what he meant.

Posted by: rjm1 | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

At least he didn't spend it in Iraq, propping up their economy, or in Afghanistan or Pakistan, where a large fraction of the money goes back to either the Taliban or al-Qaeda ...

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 19, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick of a political culture where you can't say something that's obviously true just because it might hurt someone's feelings.

People SHOULDN'T blow their money in Vegas if they don't have money to spare. What the heck is wrong with saying it?

Posted by: jeffwacker | February 19, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Whatever.. this guys a joke.

Posted by: redsky28

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Let's see what the Republicans have offered up in the
last 40 years....

Nixon (say no more)
Ford (his apologist)
Reagan (an out of work actor with alzheimer's)
Bush1 (Reagan's poodle)
Bush jr. (do we really have to say anything???)

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The Dems:

Carter (Noble Peace Prize - set in place energy
policies that if Reagan hadn't gutted we would
be much better off, lasting peace between Egypt and
Israel).

Clinton (no wars and left a budget surplus)

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So when you talk about jokes, perhaps you
should think first.

If that is possible...

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Posted by: printthis | February 19, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse


What's next? Reporting on the President's musings on the weather?

I thought his Vegas remark was common sense. If more Americans had common sense do you honestly believe so many would have over-extended their finances the way they did?

Look, I know WHY overextend their credit -- it's because no one in this country's middle class has had a real RAISE in pay since oh, I dunno, 1995 maybe? But that doesn't excuse some of this poor financial behavior...

I just love the fact Obama can speak in complete sentences, no offense to the previous office-holder.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | February 19, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

i believe the president's comment was along the lines of don't go gambling if you're hurting for cash to pay your bills. it's common sense really.

Posted by: ephobe | February 19, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The President can try to do damage control all he wants. The bottom line is (for me) if there is a Senator or Congressmen that show's a track record of Payoffs from Corporate interests that have stifled or manipulated by greed, America's economy. They need to leave. And I don't care what party they are from. I just hope enough people think the same and do their homework " Don't trust the tabloid's " before Nov. and vote for " the best persons for the job" If a person doesn't tell me what his/her plan is THEN THEY SHOW ME THEY HAVE NO PLAN but full of political hot air.

Posted by: josuf100 | February 19, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Obozo thinks he can save Reid's career with one of his miraculous visits and announcing a new slush fund for ACORN and SEIU??

Sorry Obozo - America is on to you.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 19, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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F Rebublicans
and
F Vegas.

How is that?

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Posted by: A-Voter | February 19, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Wapo? Where's the article on Obama writing health care legislation to be attached to a budget bill in the Senate?

This is an outrageous lack of reporting!

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 19, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama's original comments about Las Vegas were hurtful, and obviously not well thought out in advance. Revelation: he's human!

I hope he spends more time getting out of Afghanistan and Iraq as quickly as possible - faster than he's doing at the present. I hope he thinks hard about how to get Congress to pass health care legislation.

Otherwise, he's gambling with his constituent's future.

Posted by: davewyman | February 19, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama should think before speaking.

Posted by: askgees | February 19, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Whatever.. this guys a joke.

Posted by: redsky28 | February 19, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Do you really think that President Obama's comment regarding spending money in Las Vegas is going to keep people away? Hmmm, I don't believe so...

We need to forget about the mundane, small comments and come together as a nation to build our country and take care of our citizens.

Let's concentrate more on how to achieve goals and stop saying "NO" to everything this administration proposes (yes, I'm mostly talking about the GOP who need to be reminded that "NO" is the most common word for 2 year olds.

Posted by: kthmathews | February 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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