Published May 27, 2009
LAS VEGAS -- President Obama seems to have changed his mind about Las Vegas.
"It is good to be back in Vegas," he told democratic supporters Tuesday night at a fundraiser for Nevada Senator Harry Reid. "Everyone should have a piece of the Las Vegas dream and the American dream," he continued.
His comments come three months after he made a different remark about the city which angered local government officials even hours before Obama was due to land in their home state.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons were insulted by Obama's remarks in February in which he criticized companies receiving government bail out money who continued to hold big corporate events. "You can't get corporate jets, you can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime," Obama had said.
Gibbons and Goodman both took the President's comments, "as a message to companies across the Nation to stay away from Las Vegas for corporate meetings and conventions," Gibbons' office said in a statement.
During an appearance on FOX News Tuesday, Gibbons said he had hoped to discuss the matter with Obama, but that the White House only offered him the chance to greet the president at the airport -- an offer the governor declined.
"I've been at these arrivals of the President. You get about three seconds," said Gibbons on FOX.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested Gibbons was about to pass up a good opportunity. "I haven't seen many politicians meet anybody anywhere and not find it a convenient opportunity to press whatever case it is they're trying to make," he said.
Obama is in Las Vegas to headline a star studded fundraiser for Sen. Harry Reid.