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Obama To Nevada Governor: Drop Dead

By Wyatt Earp | May 26, 2009

jim-gibbonsDon’t you just love President Obama? He makes a verbal gaffe that may have cost the state of Nevada millions in revenue, then, instead of offering a simple apology to the Republican governor, he snubs him. Snubs him in favor of a fundraiser for Dingy Harry Reid!

So, the Obamessiah can travel to Nevada for a politician with a “D” after his name, but he can’t have a sit-down for a politician with an “R” after his name?

WASHINGTON — Nevada’s Republican governor has turned down an invitation from the White House to briefly greet President Obama when he visits the state tomorrow for a Democratic fundraising event, citing comments the president made earlier this year calling on companies that received taxpayer-funded bailouts to avoid wasting money on luxuries like company planes and Vegas vacations.

“While I appreciate the offer, I am not interested in a handshake and a hello from President Obama, I am interested in an apology and plan to undo the damage the President did,” Gov. Jim Gibbons said in a Monday statement.

I don’t blame him. Obama wants a photo op, not a two-way discussion. Maybe his teleprompter is in the shop?

He again called on Obama to publicly promote Nevada tourism, and to apologize for his remark that business leaders receiving money from the government “can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime,” blaming the president for the recent cancellation of hundreds of conventions and other meetings originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, and the loss of more than $100 million in revenue.

“President Obama is coming to Las Vegas to take millions of dollars in campaign cash for Senator Harry Reid, while the President’s own words have hurt working families in Nevada and damaged the economy in Nevada for businesses large and small,” he said. “Both men should be ashamed, because people are suffering through the depths of the recession while they practice the height of hypocrisy.”

The White House, which had offered Gibbons the chance to speak with Obama at the airport, has not yet responded to a request for reaction to the governor’s latest statement. Last week, Gibbons said the president had turned down a request for a sit-down meeting. (H/T - CNN)

I guess Obama was just blowing (pot) smoke when he said, “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America.”

What happened to the elimination of partisan politics? What happened to all of the HopeyChange?? Dude, where’s my country???

Topics: Politics |

10 Responses to “Obama To Nevada Governor: Drop Dead”

  1. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Gibbons keeps his word. He’ll be a one termer out here because he soesn’t play ball with the socialists. He’s had problems, divorce, girlfriends etc., but he keeps his word.

  2. Randal Graves Says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Yeah, Obama’s the reason Vegas has lost revenue; not the fact that discretionary spending (HELLO EXPENSIVE VACATIONS IN VEGAS) is way down because of the economic crisis; no, that’s not it at all. This guy’s a whiny bitch.

    I’ll throw him 5 bucks for a box of tissues. He can go cry in a corner.

    People who can afford to go to Vegas are still going; it’s those who can’t afford it that are staying home. It’s called trying to be financially responsible.

  3. Lucky Leo Says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Financially responsible, hmmmmmm, maybe Obama should try that with our budget?

  4. usmc8511 Says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    This is Obama’s bipartisanship? Who’d a thunk it.

  5. MissLiz Says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Randal Graves Says:

    People who can afford to go to Vegas are still going; it’s those who can’t afford it that are staying home. It’s called trying to be financially responsible.

    Not so Mr. Graves. As the event coordinator for a syndicate of small investment banks, we were told to cancel three events that were scheduled last year for 2009 at a penalty cost of around $280,000 and told directly not to book in Las Vegas, period.

    So we have relegated the balance of our events to the Princeville Hotel and Resort on the north shore of Kauai for the balance of our events for 2009. The resort has just undergone an extensive remodeling and gave us quite a deal. The costs are about $3200 more for each attendee than they would have been in Vegas. 2008 event bookings ran approximately $4.8 million in Vegas for 16 events. Grand total of the deferred Vegas events on Kauai are budgeted to be $5.2 million for 2009, $1 million plus more than Vegas..but hey this is Obama’s homeland and I’m not complaining. I’ll be there!


  6. Randal Graves Says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    So your small investment banks like pissing away money? Fine by me. Sound like a bunch of lemmings to me.

    If someone tells you to jump off a bridge, do you?

  7. Dano Says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Dude, where’s my country???

    Circling the bowl…

  8. Echosix Says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Dear President Zero:

    As you know, these are strained financial times. As an economy measure, no State or local police will be made available for Presidential security during your visit, and no roads will be closed to allow passage of your motorcade.

    Please be aware that traffic regulations and parking meters will be strictly enforced.

    Enjoy your visit to Nevada.

    Jim Gibbons

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    LDIV - Girlfriends? Cool!

    Randal - Can you throw me $5? I’ll whine all day!

    Lucky Leo - That is the comment of the week!

    USMC8511 - Crossing the aisle is bold new ways . . . by not doing it.

    Miss Liz - Ordered to not book Vegas. This is still America, isn’t it?

    Randal - That guy in China did . . . with a little help.

    Dano - Okay, who flushed???

    Echosix - That would be funny as hell. never happen, but it would be funny.

  10. Moe Says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Dude, where’s your country?