Feb 2, 2010

Three Cheers for President Obama! -- Yeah, You Heard Me Right

President Obama is receiving heat for a comment he made today at a high school in North Nashua, New Hampshire.  He said, "When times are tough, you tighten your belts. "You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage.  You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices."

Las Vegas is mad and republicans and democrats both are criticizing him for disparaging the "Sin City".  Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said, "I'll do everything I can to give him the boot".  The Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid issued a statement that was headlined "Reid to Obama: 'Lay off Las Vegas'".  He went on to say, "The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn't be spending their money.  To truly re-energize 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."  
Can I say one thing?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!  This was an amazingly honest thing for a president to say.  Usually we get the "go out and shop" speeches designed to make us as irresponsible as our government while we waste our money hoping to jump-start a weakened economy.  Well, I say great job Mr. President!  Do not back down from the lawmakers who obviously cower politically to the money making machine that is Las Vegas.  The city is a cesspool of filth!  There I said it.  I actually feel better now.  Besides legalized prostitution and gambling it has bankrupted many families over the years by capitalizing on addiction.
All our president did was to invoke common sense.  Be assured that if democrats, republicans, and Las Vegas are angry, then someone must have spoken the truth.  The Washington Post said that he veered from his notes when he said this.  If that is the case, then maybe he should do it more often.  I can't stand it when people bash everything a president does just because he is not in their party.  Well, I'm an independent and I criticized his actions less than a week ago but, today I am voicing my support.  I hope he does not cave to the politically correct people begging for apologies.  If anything, Harry Reid should apologize for encouraging Americans to be financial morons.


Shannon Shores said...

I'm not often a big supporter of Obama's ideals, but I gotta say he was on track for this one. Everyone else sounds like a moron just trying to make a big deal out of nothing.

Susan LaDeau said...

When I read your blog I was thinking when I was a child that is exactly how my parents lived. They bought sensible, they sacrificed and they saved. We always went on a family vacation but it wasn't to Vegas and sometimes it was just camping an hour away but it was great. We do need to go back to live simpler more meaningful lives instead of acquiring more things. He is exactly correct in his statement. Love your blogs . ..

Anonymous said...

I would have to disagree with this one, Obama may been correct on Americans needing to tighten their belts but why shouldnt Washington do the same? The only reason Americans have to tighten their belts is because the head of Washington President Obama is doing the spending. I do agree however that Las Vagas isnt the place to go. But Obama should learn not to spend money that we dont have.

Inside Nate's Head said...


The point is that you should be able to disagree with the President without having to disagree with everything he says just because he is the one who said it. My guess is that if President Bush had said the same phrase you would not look for a reason to disagree (even though Washington spent far to much on his watch as well).
I am praying for this President as I did the last one. I see moments of truth like this one as answers to those prayers. I hope he becomes a great president, it would be un-American to hope a sitting U.S. president fails at everything because one disagrees with the party he is from.