President Obama seems to be quite content to bet other people’s money on a game of Keynesian Craps, but he just couldn’t resist taking another swipe at the city that I (and of course, a multitude of those who campaigned and voted for him in droves) call home:
“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” The Hill quoted Obama saying today at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.” 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.”
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he spoke to the White House following Obama’s comments.
“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 said in a statement.
Other state and local politicians aren’t too happy with the Gambler-In-Chief’s snide remarks either.
This time, because of Harry Reid’s response (mainly in part that he’s dependent upon the President’s assistance in the re-election battle of his life), Obama issued a tepid explanation.
Maybe Obama should start making amends by tightening his own damn belt and spending more time thinking about the effect his careless words may have on the Nevada economy. Failure to do so may result in three congressional Democrats finding themselves in the unemployment lines with their fellow down-and-out Las Vegans after November.