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2/2/2010

Mayor Goodman Takes on Obama

Filed under: Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 11:37 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

For the second time in a year, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is fed up with President Barack Obama and his penchant for telling Americans to save their money and avoid Las Vegas:

“Mayor Oscar Goodman holds a press conference inside his downtown Las Vegas office Tuesday, February 2, 2010. Goodman was upset about the following statement made by President Obama: “When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” Obama said. “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.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested Obama “lay off Las Vegas,” and a host of Nevada politicians joined the chorus objecting to Obama’s comments. However, it was Mayor Goodman who stole the show:

“Every time he talks about people spending money in Las Vegas, it has to hurt us,” he said. “It’s a natural consequence of his statement.”

Asked if he thought the president might have just made a slip of the tongue, Goodman said that being negative about Las Vegas must be in his mindset.

He’s got his own psychological quirk up there about Las Vegas,” Goodman said. “That’s our town, folks. You should be angry about it, too.”

“I want the president to straighten this out,” Goodman said. “If not, he’s not welcome in my city, as far as I’m concerned. He’s not our friend. I don’t know about people in Nevada, but in Las Vegas, he’s sure not our friend.”

Goodman said he didn’t care if he received criticism again for going after the president.

“What? Little weenies are going to criticize me? Forgetaboutit. I could care less about that,” he said. “I’m the mayor, I’m trying to protect Las Vegas. And I don’t care what these little pundits say.”

“I think he has a psychological hangup about us,” he said. Because apparently, these statements are not the ones that are on the monitors. He does fine on the monitors. You get him off the monitors and Las Vegas creeps into his mind. He’s got a problem with us. I don’t know what it is.”

The mayor said Obama shouldn’t plan to visit Las Vegas until he’s retracted his statement. Goodman said he didn’t plan to meet with President Obama in a meeting this month to Las Vegas.

“Not without an apology, no.”

Obama has since apologized and maybe he’s learning not to mess with Las Vegas. Then again, maybe Obama is doing his part to make sure Schumer or Durbin takes Reid’s place as Majority Leader. After all, Reid’s polls are plummeting and does anyone really think Obama has forgotten Reid’s comments about him?

— DRJ

55 Responses to “Mayor Goodman Takes on Obama”

  1. Betcha he took a junket to Vegas with the other foreign students at Occidental and lost his ass on the craps table and had to call his Mommy to wire him some money.

    j curtis (5126e4)

  2. So who’s going to defend boat manufacturers and salesmen?

    Nels (7ad88f)

  3. Goodman should man up and take it.

    Vegas is a city founded on a luxury industry. When times are hard, people should stop going there.

    If Obama mentioned champagne and caviar, would that be unfair?

    Rich Rostrom (464e27)

  4. Worst’est president of all time!

    Krusher (ceb4ea)

  5. When times are hard, people should stop going there.

    If someone can afford to go there and spend money, why shouldn’t they?

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (efef8c)

  6. Somewhere in all of this I see a raised
    middle finger quietly scratching the
    side of a head.

    Jack (e383ed)

  7. I think Rich Rostrum should stop eating arugula . . . and quit drinking the kool-aid.

    Icy Texan (0c6a85)

  8. “on the monitors” = reading the TOTUS?

    That’s what it looks like to me.

    sherlock (e1e91e)

  9. I’m no fan of Obama, but I think Las Vegas is the prostitute who distracts you while her pimp pilfers your wallet and you’re lucky if he doesn’t smash you on the head too.

    nk (db4a41)

  10. “When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” Obama said. “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.”

    —For a guy spending us into oblivion, he’s got a lot of balls.

    DaveinPhoenix (2bd6c3)

  11. Why did you leave out the best part of the
    quote from the Mayor of Las Vegas?

    “I gotta tell you this, everybody says I shouldn’t say it, but I gotta tell you the way it is. This president is a real slow learner.”

    Our current President is not a brilliant intellectual. Not ready for the 3:00am call, not
    ready to lead, and now, not even ready for a Las Vegas fund raiser.

    The funny thing about Obama’s speech is that what Obama said was not at all true: if you bought a house, bought a boat, went to Vegas and lost a month’s wages and now can’t meet your mortgage payments, you get bailed out by the US taxpayer.

    Jack (e383ed)

  12. Is this the same mayor that said the 9/11 terrorists probably had a good time while in vegas? God what an amazing town.

    imdw (c5488f)

  13. Shit-spew cleanup on aisle 12!

    Icy Texan (0c6a85)

  14. DaveInPhoenix nailed it.

    JD (ff4baa)

  15. hehe imdw made a funny. Of course, he had better material to work with — at a speech in front of 4th graders, every third or fourth comment out of his mouth was how much he loves Bombay Sapphire gin. Oh, and the guy has some pretty extensive connections to organized crime figures through his work as a defense attorney.

    Of course, the jokes on you because you just blasted a DEMOCRAT without realizing it. Just thought you’d like to know.

    Hey speaking of Mayors who make asses of themselves in public, when are you going to post that audio of Mayor Villagarosa imitating Amos & Andy in front of Jamie Foxx?

    Sean P (334463)

  16. “Of course, the jokes on you because you just blasted a DEMOCRAT without realizing it. Just thought you’d like to know.”

    Of course the mayor of las vegas is a democrat. And people think i’m being partisan.

    imdw (017d51)

  17. at a speech in front of 4th graders, every third or fourth comment out of his mouth was how much he loves Bombay Sapphire gin

    Though to be fair, half of those kids would have been able to list (and prepare) at least three different types of martinis before the guy ever showed up and mentioned Bombay…

    Scott Jacobs (46e187)

  18. Is this the same mayor that said the 9/11 terrorists probably had a good time while in vegas? God what an amazing town

    Well, they probably did…

    Even terrorists need to see some tits and have some fun, you know… It isn’t all about guns and death to the Zionist puppets in the US all day every day…

    Scott Jacobs (46e187)

  19. Scott – Now Obama and imdw are against tits? It figures.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  20. I think someone ought to slap Obama’s face and force him to acknowledge his own hypocrisy. Obama eats the finest meals at taxpayer expense. He and his wife drink the finest alcohol money, from the taxpayers, can buy. Obama revels in the taxpayer provided lap of luxury.

    The hypocrite has the gall to hector people who want to have a good time and enjoy their money? His problem is that he doesn’t believe in freedom and can’t stand people having things his Kenyan kiester can’t earn on his own.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  21. “Obama eats the finest meals at taxpayer expense. He and his wife drink the finest alcohol money, from the taxpayers, can buy. Obama revels in the taxpayer provided lap of luxury.”

    You can say ‘uppity’ it’s ok.

    imdw (017d51)

  22. And people think i’m being partisan.

    No, just a girnomous asshat. And racist, as evidenced above.

    Dmac (539341)

  23. “If Obama mentioned champagne and caviar, would that be unfair?

    Comment by Rich Rostrom — 2/3/2010 @ 1:27 am ”

    While he’s eating $100.00 steaks that those taxpayers are paying for? Probably.

    Remember his speech that Americans could not eat what they want, keep their thermostats at 72 degrees and drive their SUVs? While he eats Kobi beef, keeps the thermostat at 80 degrees, and rides around in the brand new SUV. But of course, his are free so that’s OK.

    Machinist (9780ec)

  24. Our association alternates their annual shows between Orlando and Las Vegas. Vegas is cheaper and more fun than Orlando and Obama should know better than to knock Vegas. And having gone to conventions in Chicago, Obama should be telling people to move all their convention business his hometown to the desert in Nevada. At least the crooks and hookers in Vegas are upfront about wanting to take your money.

    For someone that spent a small fortune for his Christmas vacation in Hawaii, he needs to shut up about what people want to do with their own money. But then what do you expect from someone that never had to work in the private sector.

    MU789 (514c52)

  25. “And people think i’m being partisan.”
    People rarely think about you at all except when you write something that reveals what a humor-challenged idiot you are, so I guess they think about you every time your name appears here.

    “You can say ‘uppity’ it’s ok.”
    Oh that’s right, not just an idiot but a racist prick too. I thought your magnificent residence in a “minority-majority” neighborhood made you a tower of progressive genius and perfection.

    SPC Jack Klompus (237c0e)

  26. 20, imd-dumbass, spin and deflect all you want, but no one is going to sit and take the BS from Obama about luxuries HE thinks the public shouldn’t have when he’s reveling in luxuries, like waygu beef that costs near $100 per pound that he doesn’t pay for with his own money, but the dumb donkey will say what people can and can’t have with their own money.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  27. We are still free to be stupid, last time I checked. Nov. 2008.

    jodetoad (7a7b8a)

  28. Las Vegas:
    Gambling;
    Ostentatious and Conspicuous Consumption;
    Showgirls (BTW, did Oscar have his usual entourage of shapely beauties by his side?);
    Living for the day.

    Now, how could anyone who early-on learned his values by attending a Madrassa have any heart-burn over such a place?

    But, he’s a Good Man.

    AD - RtR/OS! (b1d1f9)

  29. “20, imd-dumbass, spin and deflect all you want, but no one is going to sit and take the BS from Obama about luxuries HE thinks the public shouldn’t have when he’s reveling in luxuries, like waygu beef that costs near $100 per pound that he doesn’t pay for with his own money, but the dumb donkey will say what people can and can’t have with their own money.”

    He’s coming to take your boat!

    imdw (3e79a6)

  30. As much as I hate to defend what Obambi says, it is a valid statement that he made. I agree with his statement unequivocally. Now, if only he would live up to it and apply it to the federal government, but he won’t.

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  31. As much as I hate to defend what Obambi says, it is a valid statement that he made. I agree with his statement unequivocally.

    Isn’t that for individuals to decide for themselves? Or do you believe it is the function of the federal government to lecture us on fiscal responsibility (a laugh in and of itself)?

    Frankly, I’d rather take my money to Vegas than DC. I like my chances a hell of a lot better in Vegas.

    the wolf (0dce92)

  32. “We are still free to be stupid, last time I checked. Nov. 2008.”

    Read just about anything posted by imdimwit, the hippest most understanding white person who really gets and understands those poor minorities, and you’ll see that freedom in all of its glory.

    SPC Jack Klompus (ca40f3)

  33. Okay, wolf, take your money that is saved for your kid’s college, and go blow it in Vegas. Just don’t come crying when you lose it and try to get funding for it from the federal govt. (taxpayers)

    It is everyone’s job to preach fiscal responsibility. Re-read my statement DUMBASS, I also said this, “Now, if only he would live up to it and apply it to the federal government, but he won’t.”

    Directly pointing out his hypocrisy.

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  34. “Read just about anything posted by imdimwit, the hippest most understanding white person who really gets and understands those poor minorities, and you’ll see that freedom in all of its glory.”

    On the internet, all liberals are white.

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    imdw (253f1d)

  35. You so obviously are in any medium.

    SPC Jack Klompus (ca40f3)

  36. 19.I think someone ought to slap Obama’s face and force him to acknowledge his own hypocrisy. Obama eats the finest meals at taxpayer expense. He and his wife drink the finest alcohol money, from the taxpayers, can buy. Obama revels in the taxpayer provided lap of luxury.

    I’ll bet Ronald Reagan didn’t eat any meals as president…
    moron.

    His problem is that he doesn’t believe in freedom and can’t stand people having things his Kenyan kiester can’t earn on his own.

    He doesn’t believe in Freedom? (I capitalized it. Only a communist would spell freedom with a lower-case ‘f’) You mean he doesn’t believe it exists or thinks that nobody should be free? What the heck are you talking about?
    Racist moron.

    Intelliology (00d844)

  37. “You so obviously are in any medium.”

    Oh you found my website about stuff white people like? now a book!

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    imdw (c1039d)

  38. Hey, nuttin’ from nuttin’, but when Oscar Goodman says “he’s not a friend of our’s”, it gives it an entirely new meanin’.

    GeneralMalaise (55c598)

  39. Just fer grins…

    “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics every since.”

    – Robert Downey, Jr.

    GeneralMalaise (55c598)

  40. What a shock that when we have a thread about Obama acting like a jackass, imdw thinks we should talk about race. He will go as far as it takes, even goading us into defending MLK, if that’s what he takes.

    ANYTHING to get us off the topic. In his world, winning = changing the subject.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  41. “What a shock that when we have a thread about Obama acting like a jackass, imdw thinks we should talk about race. He will go as far as it takes, even goading us into defending MLK, if that’s what he takes.”

    And who don’t love MLK?

    imdw (00bfab)

  42. And who don’t love MLK?

    Comment by imdw — 2/3/2010 @ 4:40 pm

    True. Can’t help but love a guy who liked sex with fat, blonde women.

    nk (db4a41)

  43. You mean he doesn’t believe it exists or thinks that nobody should be free? What the heck are you talking about?
    Racist moron.

    You were asked a direct question on an earlier thread regarding climate change, in which you were asked to provide sources backing up your many claims of alleged “fact.” Either answer those questions directly or admit that you’re nothing but a fraud and a poseur.

    How about it?

    Dmac (539341)

  44. …take your money that is saved for your kid’s college, and go blow it in Vegas. Just don’t come crying when you lose it and try to get funding for it from the federal govt.

    Well, I wouldn’t do any of those things. But I don’t need the POTUS telling me that. Not his job, whether I agree with the sentiment or not.

    the wolf (7cffb6)

  45. Jeez, I thought white democrats stop trying to screw with MLK decades ago. Guess some things never change.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  46. For a guy spending us into oblivion, he’s got a lot of balls.

    He only has balls because he’s got media cover at this point. If that ever goes, watch for him to curl up into a fetal position under his desk in the Oval Office.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (efef8c)

  47. “Jeez, I thought white democrats stop trying to screw with MLK decades ago. Guess some things never change.”

    Once I realized I wanted all our republicans just like him, he became a much more interesting figure. Nk has his reasons. I got mine.

    imdw (688568)

  48. The guy in the White House is truly blind and deaf to his gaffes. If his ego weren’t so huge, he’d learn from his past. He’d be so embarrassed about things he’s been ridiculed for and modify his behavior accordingly. But nooo.

    For example, he was mocked for bowing like a servant before the king of Saudi Arabia. So what does he do a few months after that? He bows before the Emperor of Japan.

    And for a person supposedly so wonderful in speech-making skills, he sure has been a clumsy, oafish dope. He could have criticized the recent Supreme Court decision on McCain-Feingold without bluntly pointing out the people responsible for that decision sitting a few feet away in the House of Reps. And he could have railed against the idea of people gambling away their money without (for the second time) citing a city in Nevada that’s famous for its casinos.

    Mark (411533)

  49. Jeez, I thought white democrats stop trying to screw with MLK decades ago.

    once they discovered how much w*rk it was to dig him up, they switched over to sexting…. hence the ongoing digital masturbation by nk, imdw and all the other posters with non-bilateral arm development.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  50. And who don’t love MLK?

    Comment by imdw — 2/3/2010 @ 4:40 pm

    True. Can’t help but love a guy who liked sex with fat, blonde women.

    Comment by nk — 2/3/2010 @ 5:19 pm

    And was an academic fraud as well.

    RickZ (515f30)

  51. See Dustin, no need to goad.

    imdw (f7b257)

  52. You guys are just pathetic. A man gives an advise about financial responsibility in times of economic trials and you use that as another opportunity to attack him and call him names. It’s clear that some of you are angry that a black man of Kenyan descent dares to become president of a predominantly white nation. Well it’s called democracy. If you dont like it change your system of government to white dictatorship. This is now your president. Deal with it.

    The Emperor (84eedd)

  53. I see we’re back to any criticism of Obama equals racism. It’s hard not to point out the hypocrisy of someone wallowing in luxury at the taxpayers’ expense, with parties every week, Waygu beef, dates nights in New York, etc. and then have the nerve to lecture people about their spending habits; and I haven’t even talked about the bloated budget he sent to Congress. Obama has no credibility when it comes to spending, frugality or anything having to do with money.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  54. And who don’t love MLK?

    Well, I can think of at least one person…

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)


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