Breaking: Reid asks Obama to “lay off Vegas”

Posted by: ST on February 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Trouble in paradise? Via Politico:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chided President Barack Obama Tuesday for making Las Vegas a “poster child” for excessive spending.

“I just spoke to the White House and told them that while the president is correct that people saving for college need to be fiscally responsible, the president needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money,” Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, said in a statement.

Speaking about government spending at a New Hampshire town hall earlier today, Obama said “when times are tough, you tighten your belts.”

He added: “You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”


“Nevada is the nation’s top destination for tourism and conventions,” Reid said in a statement. “It is more popular than any other place in the country, and for good reason: It’s affordable, easy to get to from anywhere, and the weather is perfect.”

He added: “To truly reenergize our economy, we need people to travel to Las Vegas. I would much rather tourists and business travelers spend their money in Las Vegas than spend it overseas.”

Several other Nevada politicos, including both Senator John Ensign and NV Governor Jim Gibbons, have also strongly criticized the President’s Vegas slap.

Does Obama have Foot in Mouth Disease or what?

Viva Las Vegas!

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13 Responses to “Breaking: Reid asks Obama to “lay off Vegas””


  1. Tom TB says:

    So Obama doesn’t want people who make their living in the private or public sector, to spend their money in the private sector, so dealers, waiters, chefs, parking valets, maids, marine mechanics, yacht haven boat restorers can make a living without constant government interference. Why does this guy hate the American can-do capitalistic spirit that made our Country so wealthy to start with? We can’t all be President and live off of the taxpayers!

  2. Anthony says:

    One of the delicious ironies in this is the fact that the Service Workers unions (I think they’re SEIU) worked hard to steal the Nevada Democratic caucuses for Obama and from Hillary. There were some pretty jaw-dropping stories coming out of there. (Hillbuzz probably has some in their archives.)

    I’m willing to bet a lot of those caucus-enforcers regret their efforts, now. >:)

  3. Nina says:

    He is a communist moron. What else do you expect??? An elitist who only thinks he deserves the good life. I wish him, reid and Pelousy would get a bill to repay for all of the perks they are using on our dime.

  4. Brontefan says:

    Buyer’s Remorse, anyone? :o

  5. Neo says:

    Obama meant that Congress should remove all moneys going to Las Vegas from the budget. Harry Reid was unavailable for comment.
    Yeah … that’s the ticket

  6. proof says:

    Barama doesn’t like Vegas because people spend their own money there!

  7. Carlos says:

    Yeah, Duh-1 prefers that only he gamble, and only with the taxpayers money, wherever he sees fit.

    Reid et al would prefer that everyone in the nation take a trip to Vegas, drop every cent they have and thumb rides back home.

    Duh-1 prefers everyone gamble their money on a tinhorn know-nothing with absolutely no experience and less sense than that, then the conservatives among them that knew better in 2008 go take a flying leap off a high cliff or kiss a .38. It would make his job so much easier if all those nattering whiners would quit complaining about his trashing of the Constitution he swore to uphold.

    Which should have given us a clue when he swore to uphold it.

  8. Robert says:

    I hope Obama continues to voice his opinions around the country. If he continues in like fashion most Republican candidates can phone it in come November. Nothing like letting the opposition do the heavy lifting.

  9. DaveinPhoenix says:

    I still can’t believe this guy actually talks about “blowing money”…what a poor excuse for a president.

  10. Kate says:

    Obama can use Las Vegas slogan – What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas – for his picture of transparency in government. We will never know the half of the “double dealing” that is going on in Washington, special insider deals, and backroom handouts!

    Obama just seems to have a Nero complex….he’s fiddling around while Rome burns down! Don’t that make you feel all warm and cozy!

  11. Carlos says:

    From a story on Yahoo!: “Enough is enough!” Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley said in a statement. “President Obama needs to stop picking on Las Vegas and he needs to let Americans decide for themselves how and where to spend their hard-earned vacation dollars.” (emphasis mine)

    I wonder how many pork, stimulus and TARP bills she’s voted for, that have stolen the money people would otherwise have spent on a vacation? Just a guess, but I’d say that would have helped the economy a whole bunch more than any bill Congress has ever passed raising taxes.

  12. Jo says:

    Gotta love that Vegas mayor! But poor Obey–when he tries to be hip and cool and ‘get down wit the peoples’ without the aid of his trusty teleprompter, this is what happens. And it’s so great to know he’s all for fiscal responsibility–I hadn’t realized that the way he is spending my children’s earnings into bankruptcy. Hey, now I like him after all–he’s great. :(:(

  13. Carlos says:

    I happen to own property in Vegas, and I’m with the mayor and Reid on this one – the more he trashes Vegas the longer it’s gonna be before Prices go back up and I can make a neat little profit. I wouldn’t have had to worry about this if the idiot jackasses hadn’t been in control of Congress and the courts and hadn’t forced banks into stupid lending practices (aided, of course, by community activists like the affirmative action student president we have).

    ‘Course, GWB could have vetoed some of their legislation, so obviously the term “jackass” refers to economic policy, not party.