Las Vegas mayor snubs Obama

posted at 10:12 am on February 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has a very busy schedule. After all, the city has a budget deficit, and even after that, Goodman has to bolster tourism to keep the local economy running, and Vegas has had some setbacks on that front. Goodman doesn’t have time for frivolities … like accepting a meeting with the President of the United States on his next visit:

Mayor Oscar Goodman has refused an invitation to meet with President Obama when he arrives in town on Thursday. Mayor Goodman called President Obama a slow learner after he told Americans not to blow money on a weekend in Las Vegas if they were saving to put their kids through college.

“I’ve got other things to do quite frankly for my constituents here in Las Vegas who rely on me to do the right thing as a mayor,” explained Mayor Goodman. …

“I haven’t heard an apology, I haven’t heard a response, all I do is get invitations,” Goodman went on to say.

Obama’s going to Vegas? I thought if we were saving for a college education, we shouldn’t blow money on the casinos. Doesn’t the same axiom apply if we’re saving to nationalize the student-loan industry? I guess this must be Obama’s way of showing patriotism, after Harry Reid’s stern lecture on the subject.

Honestly, though, Goodman’s overplaying his hand. The first comment Obama made about Las Vegas was objectionable, but the comment from earlier this month wasn’t an attack on the city, but just common sense — although Obama probably should have avoided mentioning Las Vegas by name and stuck with the generic “casinos” reference. Regardless of party, an invitation from the President to meet with a mayor while visiting a city should be treated with respect for the office, at the least.

As I suspect that I’ll be in the minority on this point, let’s take a poll:



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Better suited: Disrepecting Destroying the Office Moment.

tigerlily on February 17, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Regardless of party, an invitation from the President to meet with a mayor while visiting a city should be treated with respect for the office, at the least.

Keep riding that high horse, Ed. Of course you can respect the office and refuse an invitation. Mayor Goldman knows full well that this meeting would negate his “slow learner” comment and perhaps he doesn’t want it negated.

Extrafishy on February 17, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Apologies to Mayor Goodman for erroniously typing “Goldman”.

Extrafishy on February 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

…and misspelling erroneous.

Extrafishy on February 17, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Love. It.

Niere on February 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Last year when Barry dissed the convention business in LV and caused many planned events to cancel (and reschedule elsewhere such as San Fran most likely at a higher cost!) the result was a 25% loss in convention business here.

Being an ex-Chicagoan who tries to keep up with the news from “back home”, I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a connection. Chicago’s been losing convention business for a variety of reasons – excessive labor costs at McCormick Place and high sales taxes / lodging taxes, etc. that target the conventioneers.

You don’t think there’s a method to Barry’s madness – trying to take out some of the competition to protect things for the Dems in Chicago, do you? Nah, what am I thinking, he’s not that kind of guy!

mike in NV on February 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Honestly, though, Goodman’s overplaying his hand. The first comment Obama made about Las Vegas was objectionable, but the comment from earlier this month wasn’t an attack on the city, but just common sense — although Obama probably should have avoided mentioning Las Vegas by name and stuck with the generic “casinos” reference.

Goodman is an idiot. Obama has said many stupid things but his comments about Vegas weren’t stupid. The mayor is a partisan-hack as are those supporting this obvious disrespect to the office of POTUS.

Sanity doesn’t hurt folks. Give it a whirl.

The Race Card on February 17, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Oh nooos, does this mean teh libs are going to start boycotting vegas?

Sharke on February 17, 2010 at 3:11 PM

As I suspect that I’ll be in the minority on this point, let’s take a poll:
Yes – 83%

Yes, yes you are…

gekkobear on February 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM

When Obama starts acting like the President of The United States and shows that he respects the office, then the office will deserve respect again.

As far as I’m concerned, Obama has proven that he has no clue what being POTUS really means. He wouldn’t have given away the bust of Churchill if he did.

Jaynie59 on February 17, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Sorry–respect for the office my “buuuuutocks.” Not when you have the incredibly shrinking presents in the office who disrespectfully tried to lobby for defeat in Iraq, another one of his failures.
Seems to me that his only successes are his failures. Go figure!

chickasaw42 on February 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Obama has defiled the Office of President more than Clinton with all his policies and czars.

la.rt.wngr on February 17, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Before a mayor shows “Respect for the Office” maybe The President himself should first.

- The Cat

P.S. Oscar Goldman? BIONIC!

MirCat on February 17, 2010 at 6:36 PM

WTG Oscar.

oakpack on February 17, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Regardless of party, an invitation from the President to meet with a mayor while visiting a city should be treated with respect for the office, at the least.

I’m quite sure that in the annals of POTUS visits; a local leader refusing to meet with a president over disagreements is not unprecedented. Or as the Donks are fond of saying, “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”.

AH_C on February 18, 2010 at 3:27 AM

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