Obama responds to ire over 2nd anti-Vegas remark
By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press Writer
It was the second time since taking office that Obama singled out
"I was making the simple point that families use vacation dollars, not college tuition money, to have fun," Obama said, according to the letter released by Reid's office. "There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country's great destinations."
Obama said he always enjoys his visits to
A White House spokesman referred to Obama's letter to Reid and said the administration had no further comment.
Perception and reputation are sensitive issues for
"When times are tough, you tighten your belts," Obama said, according to a White House transcript of his appearance Tuesday at a high school in
"You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage," Obama said. "You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices."
The comments quickly sparked a flurry of reaction in the
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said during a hastily called news conference that Obama is no friend to
"I'll do everything I can to give him the boot," Goodman said. "This president is a real slow learner."