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Monday, February 08, 2010

Reid to Obama: "Lay off Vegas!"

Surely Obama must have some advisers to teach him right from wrong in the statements he makes. Maybe they do give him advice but with his ego, he refuses to accept it.

Comments like "I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody" should have given most Americans an early indication of what was coming from the guy. America has been based on self reliance, or as Bill O’Reilly opines "each individual succeeds by understanding obligations and doing what is necessary to fulfill them. The government cannot drag us through life’s daily challenges making sure we are all okay."

The prez has had to apologize more than once. On the Jay Leno show last March he replied to Leno’s question about his bowling game with "It’s like...It was like Special Olympics or something." Hey advisers, where are you when the prez needs you? Maybe he got the idea for that comment from another genius, Tiger Woods, who once said after a bad shot that he "hit the ball like a retard." Ouch!

Now that he seems to "get it" that Americans are not interested in his Obamacare health reform, he has started to concentrate more on adding jobs to the economy, although, based on his comments this week and last year, probably not in Las Vegas. In February of ‘09 the prez said companies that received stimulus money "...can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas...on the taxpayer’s dime." That’s reasonable enough but did he have to say "Las Vegas" thus entering into a controversy? LV mayor Goodman demanded an apology which I don’t believe was tendered.

In May of ‘09, Obama returned to Vegas and said "It’s good to be back in Vegas. Everyone should have a piece of the Las Vegas dream and the American dream." Huh? His reason for being in Vegas at that time: a fund raiser for Harry Reid. Poor Harry.

Let’s fast forward to two days ago (2-2-10). In New Hampshire, the prez 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 are trying to save for college." This is the same guy who said last month in Massachusetts that "Anyone can buy a truck." They can?

With his latest faux pas, even Reid is upset saying that "The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money." Senator Ensign and Representative Heller are equally adamant.

Let’s review: Americans should tighten their belts and not go to Las Vegas. They shouldn’t buy boats but trucks are all right. I guess those folks who spent millions at the car auctions in Scottsdale should stop that too since those cars are really toys and not very useful. And, you people with ski trips planned to Colorado? Better cancel those, a waste of money.

Let’s do sensible things like fly an entourage on 15 planes to Copenhagen and waste money on the impossible dream of Chicago getting the 2016 Olympics. How about wanting to try terrorists in New York for a cost of millions? How about the president’s wife needing a staff of 22 at a cost of $1.5 million per year? Other first ladies got by with one or two assistants and Mamie Eisenhower paid hers out of Ike’s salary. The list goes on, but you get the point.

Do you ever wonder if Obama had something to do with those sticky Toyota gas pedals? Could this be his latest brainstorm to boost sales at General Motors? Just wonderin’.

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