Letter to Obama from Las Vegas Taxi Driver

 
NOTE TO READERS: The author and creator of this article, Phil Staudt, is neither Republican or Democrat, or affiliated with any political party. He is not against Obama and he does NOT want Obama to fail. He was a taxi driver in Las Vegas for years.
 
Here is the letter I sent to President Obama.
Letter to Obama from Las Vegas Taxi Driver

by Phil Staudt
February 3, 2010

Dear President Obama,

Look...You just don't get it!

Decades ago, there were leaders in Las Vegas, who wanted to change the reputation of Las Vegas and get Las Vegas past the era of Chicago-style mobsters, and turn the Las Vegas economy into a vibrant business meeting environment and the convention capital of the world. They succeeded in doing that, and they were able to sway many big conventions away from cities like Chicago, because the convention organizers realize that when they hold conventions in Las Vegas, more people show up for the conventions, because Las Vegas is a lot cheaper and convenient and way more fun than places like Chicago.

Or wait...Maybe you DO get it! You're from Chicago!

Or maybe, President Obama, you are not trying to get back at Las Vegas for stealing conventions away from your beloved Chicago. Maybe you just have the wrong impression about Las Vegas.

President Obama, you have certainly watched lots of movies about Las Vegas, where you probably got the impression that the little place in the middle of the desert with gambling, was just a place for people to gamble so that gangsters and mobsters, in places like Chicago, could make a big fat profit. While you were learning about the godfathers and mob families in Chicago, and the way that all the politicians who come from Chicago are corrupt with mafia ties, you learned that Las Vegas was a place that these illegal syndicates and leaders of organized crime could launder their money and use casinos as fronts for loans to businesses. So, Pres. Obama, that is probably why you got the impression that Las Vegas is not a place where anything goes on besides foolish gambling and drinking and partying and carousing.

On the other hand, President Obama sir, maybe you have friends in high places who belong to religions that think that Las Vegas, i.e. Sin City, is a horrible place with nothing more than a city full debauchery and lasciviousness. So maybe you are trying to appease them.

Yes, President Obama sir, I did in fact read your carefully worded statement of apology that you made yesterday to Senator Harry Reid, which seems to me like it may have been written before your speech, saying that you were sorry about what you said in your speech. It was noticeable that all you had to say about Las Vegas is that it IS fun, but you still went out of your way to NOT mention that Las Vegas has more conventions and business meetings than any other city in the world, and that it can be the cheapest place to have those meeting and conventions. 

I know you are a superb speaker, and you carefully craft each word, so it is hard for me to imagine, that you would say the same thing that you did a year ago, that drew so much ire from Las Vegans then, just by accident. And, just like one year ago, this Freudian slip precedes a trip you have planned to Las Vegas. Most of the newscasters and commentators in Las Vegas, are trying to help you, by pointing out to the handful of folks who live here in the middle of the desert, that this was just an innocent and cute little mistake. Because, Barack Obama would never intentionally do anything that harms the city that stole conventions away from Chicago and is hated by his religious connections.

So, Barack (may I call you Barack?) it would behoove you to say that, "Las Vegas is the business convention capital of the world, and that businesses should book their trade shows and business meetings in Las Vegas, because it is very economical and convenient to do so, and it draws better crowds, making it more profitable and beneficial." However, Barack, we know you won't do that, or even close to that, for the sake of those you are tied to in Chicago, and those whom you associate with who are anti-Vegas for religious reasons.

The speech was a good one. In fact, I was just sitting down to commend you for it on my personal blog (http://blog.philstaudt.org). The fact that we currently have a President who is at least talking about reducing the deficit and not piling up more debt, is a good change. Hopefully, you are going to continue to make lots of speeches about cutting back and fiscal responsibility and debt control.

Thank you for reading my letter, President Obama, and please try not to hurt the Las Vegas economy too much, even though I understand you need to take care of cities like Chicago which have way more people as the scanty two million residents in the Las Vegas area. And I know that the votes in Nevada are not really needed by you, and that it is more important to you to take care of your buddies in Chicago and Illinois.

Sincerely,

Phil Staudt

by Phil Staudt
February 3, 2010


Mayor Oscar Goodman: Obama 'A Slow Learner'/// Mayor: President May Not Be Welcome In Vegas
FOX 5 News Local Las Vegas
February 3, 2010
Mayor Oscar Goodman has a bone to pick with President Barack Obama after he suggested people shouldn't spend their college savings on a trip to Las Vegas.

President Obama Apologizes Over Las Vegas Comments
Channel 8 KLAS-TV LasVegasNow.com
February 3, 2010
President Obama has written a letter of apology to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regarding comments made Tuesday about trips to Las Vegas.

Obama and Las Vegas, at odds again
USA Today
February 3, 2010
What's said in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas - though apparently that doesn't apply to what's said about Las Vegas elsewhere in the world.

Obama Clarifies Sin City Comment in Letter to Sen. Reid — UPDATED
ABC News Political Punch
February 2, 2010
- Karen Travers and Rachel Martin 
ABC News' Teddy Davis contributed to this report.
At a town hall meeting there today President Obama tried to hammer home his message that the federal government needs to rein in its spending in tough economic times, just as Americans shouldn't gamble their money away in Las Vegas.

http://davidbellavia.com/2010/semperpapa-whats-up-with-vegas/
http://loadstonerock.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/what-happens-in-vegas-is-apparently-beyond-criticism-even-when-presented-humorously/
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/what-does-the-president-have-against-sin-city/
http://markese91.blogspot.com/2010/02/vegas-versus-obama.html
http://prattspub.com/blog/2010/02/04/video-ooops-obama-did-it-again-las-vegas-mayor-calls-obama-a-slow-learner/

 

Maybe you would like to send a message to Barack Obama at the WhiteHouse. You can send your message to Barack Obama at www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

Here is the shortened version (less than 2500 words) that I sent today to Barack Obama at www.whitehouse.gov/contact:

Dear President Obama,

Look...You just don't get it!

Decades ago, there were leaders in Las Vegas, who wanted to change the reputation of Las Vegas and get Las Vegas past the era of Chicago-style mobsters, and turn the Las vegas economy into a vibrant business meeting environment and the convention capital of the world. They succeeded in doing that, and they were able to sway many big conventions away from cities like Chicago, because the convention organizers realize that when they hold conventions in Las Vegas, more people show up for the conventions, because Las Vegas is a lot cheaper and convenient and way more fun than places like Chicago.

Or wait...Maybe you DO get it! You're from Chicago!

Or maybe, Pres. Obama, you are not trying to get back at Las vegas for stealing conventions away from your beloved Chicago. Maybe you just have the wrong impression about Las Vegas.

Yes, Pres. Obama sir, I did in fact read your carefully worded statement of apology that you made yesterday, which seems like it may have been written before your speech, saying that you were sorry about what you said in your speech. It was noticeable that all you had to say about Las Vegas is that it IS fun, but you still went out of your way to NOT mention that Las Vegas has more conventions and business meetings than any other city in the world, and that it can be the cheapest place to have those meeting and conventions. 

So, Barack (may I call you Barack?) it would behoove you to say that, "Las Vegas is the business convention capital of the world, and that businesses should book their trade shows and business meetings in Las Vegas, because it is very economical and convenient to do so, and it draws better crowds, making it more profitable and beneficial." However, Barack, we know you won't do that, or even close to that, for the sake of those you are tied to in Chicago, and those whom you associate with who are anti-Vegas for religious reasons.

Sincerely,

Phil Staudt

(you can read the entire letter at:
blog.vegastaxidriver.com)

 
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