Sen. Harry Reid called President Barack Obama today to protest his use of Las Vegas in a negative way.
Good for Harry, save for one thing -- his call did no good.
The president wrote back this: "I hope you know that during my Town Hall today, I wasn’t saying anything negative about Las Vegas. I was making the simple point that families use vacation dollars, not college tuition money, to have fun. There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country’s great destinations. I have always enjoyed my visits, look forward to visiting in a few weeks, and hope folks will visit in record numbers this year."
What kind of stupid does he think Nevadans are?
No apology ... just this strange note. I hope Harry writes him back an absolutely scathing letter. I'd start out like this:
"Dear Mr. President,
"In light of your failure to understand how much damage you have done to the Nevada economy, it would be best if you cancel your upcoming visit to Las Vegas. If you don't, don't expect any public official to stand with you on any stage here -- and that starts with me!"
Think Harry's got the eggs for that? I hope so because, gawd, Las Vegas could use a little backbone out of our so-called most powerful politician ever.
This city is ground zero for the recession and Washington has not been very friendly lately. Maybe a full-on, four-letter-word note to Mr. I-Can-Do-No-Wrong President will jerk him back to the reality of a city at 13% unemployment.