Submitted By Todd on February 3rd at 1:50pm
During the president's town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, he discussed the need to curb spending during tough economic times. "When times are tough, you tighten your belts," the president said. "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."With Majority Leader Harry Reid in danger of losing his reelection bid in November, having the president trashing his home state can't be helpful.
President Obama has written a letter of apology to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regarding comments made Tuesday about trips to Las Vegas. In his letter, the president called Las Vegas "one of our country's great destinations".On the other hand, the insult did give Reid the chance to defend his home state, and create some division between himself and the president - a good thing for any democrat seeking reelection.
His statement drew sharp criticism from Nevada lawmakers, including Senator Reid. "The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn't be spending their money," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat. "Las Vegas is suffering through one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and we cannot afford for the President to bring us down any further," added Republican Senator John Ensign.About a year ago, Obama had this to say about Vegas.
Responsible families don't do their budgets the way the federal government does. Right? 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. It's time your government did the same.A whole lotta apologizing going on.