President Obama has injured Las Vegas, there’s no doubt about it. Reports the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority:
“…over 400 conventions and business meetings scheduled to take place in Las Vegas recently have canceled. These canceled events translate into 111,800 guest in Las Vegas and over 250,000 “room-nights.” The canceled conventions and meetins have cost the Las Vegas economy over $100-million, not including gaming revenue.”
If you don’t follow Presidential politics too closely and are unsure why many find Obama directly culpable for this recent, further dive in the Vegas economy, read this. According the Las Vegas Sun, Governor Jim Gibbons sent a written request to President Obama, asking to meet with him later this month, when the President will be in town for a fundraiser for Senator Reid. Obama has denied the request, snubbing the Governor, and Las Vegas, by refusing to even discuss the issue. Says Gibbons:
“I am disappointed at the hypocrisy shown by this administration. President Obama is coming to Las Vegas later this month for a political fundraiser, but he will not help the struggling families in Las Vegas and Nevada who are out of work because of his reckless comments. President Obama is coming to Las Vegas to raise campaign cash for Senator Harry Reid, apparently our money is good enough for the President, but our tourism, jobs, and economic future are not. This is politics, pure and simple, President Obama stood for change, but all he has done is brought negative economic change to Nevada.”
The thing that is truly amazing about this is that all Obama would have to do to make things right with the Governor, the Mayor, and the thousands of Las Vegans who are justifiably upset about this is to simply make a public statement encouraging people and corporations to continue to visit Las Vegas for their tourism and convention needs…that’s it. He has the bully pulpit and a powerful ability to influence people, evidenced by the huge impact his original statement has had. But he won’t. It is simply a matter of pride, in my opinion. Making such a statement would be admitting that he made a mistake in his original comments.
If you weren’t reading this blog back in February, the original post I did on this issue is one of my favorites. Take a look, and tell me what you think…