Was Obama Wrong?

President Obama has been taking a lot of heat this week for a comment he made about spending money in Las Vegas.



President Obama has been taking a lot of heat this week for a comment he made about spending money in Las Vegas.

The president said during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, while discussing the need of the government to curb spending during tough economic times, "When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college."

Unless you live under a rock, you know that comment about Vegas, the president's second in a year, has effectively made him persona non grata in "Sin City."

The question is, is what the president said wrong?

If the president would have left out the word "Vegas," do you think his comment would have been seen as more favorable?

Isn't overspending, careless spending and mis-spending something we, and our government, should be striving to avoid and stop?

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  • by Shaliyah Location: North Carolina on Sep 14, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    I think that it's funny how our people mis judge everything that our president say. He's not trying to say that Vegas is a bad place to be. Clearly he's trying to say why gamble up money that you don't have in a beautiful place if you have to live on the streets! Think about the future of America and how our money is spent.
  • by willie Location: sessoms on Mar 12, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    I think people forget who caused the economic mess we're in. It's just so funny how people are quick to judge people for others mistake. It's really funny how the table has turned on our President. Shame on all who point fingers. It's sad!
  • by Jay Location: eastern nc on Mar 3, 2010 at 01:45 AM
    I ask everyone of you, if you are barely making it, should you be spending $50.00 a week playing the lottery? If not, then you should like wise not be gambling in Vegas. This honestly should be obvious to all but the politically blind.
  • by DB Location: Gville on Feb 14, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    Yea right that is why we have already over 16 billion in earmarks written into our 2010 budget because we are tightening our belts. If you can afford to go to Vegas GO. Support our economy if you have the money. But the dollar burners in Washington need to keep their eyes in the mirror. They work for us. I dont recall telling my boss how to spend his money.
  • by David Location: Washington on Feb 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM
    What Obama said was not necessarily wrong. What is so wrong is for HIM to be the one to say it, when it is obvious that he and the other crooks in Washington do not have the least intention to curb the unconstitutional spending of our money. The reckless spending policies by him and the other clueless clowns in Washington are responsible for the financial dilemma in which we currently find ourselves, a dilemma that will worsen exponentially in the months ahead. For one who has a $4 million annual income to be lecturing the American people on tightening their belts is akin to an obese man with a 32 oz. coke in one hand and two snicker bars in the other telling emaciated children in Haiti they need to diet. Americans are beyond being weary of the incessant blather. God, give us statesmen who love America.
  • by vicki wilkins Location: ayden on Feb 13, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    Obama needs to get his own house in order in DC first. The fed government is out of control as far as spending and corruption are concerned. It seems as if many of our elected officials don't even pay their income taxes! Yes, his comment was inappropriate considering that he clearly has no real plan to clean up governmental spending first. Lead by example President Obama!
  • by Scott Location: Washington on Feb 8, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    It is not his position to tell us how to manage our money or lecture us on budgets. With what he has done with the country's budget he is definitely in no position to lecture. Neither him nor any of his family will ever have financial difficulties like the rest of us so therefore he is not in a position to lecture. Yes, our government should stop the overspending, careless spending, etc., but will this ever happen. No. I am teacher and have a decent income, but with taxes and rising food and heating cost, etc. I find it more difficult each month to put food on the table. I've tighten my belt Mr. President, show the country the same respect and stop all of this traveling for town hall meetings and wasting our tax money on fuel, stop all of the entertaining at the White House at our expense!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Feb 6, 2010 at 01:02 AM
    He's right. The gambling business thrives in a recession because the allure of possibly winning increases as times get tougher. They're just afraid of the economy improving thus hurting their bottom line. But gambling is thriving even here in Eastern North Carolina, look at all the 'Sweepstakes' places that have popped up. They're open all night and I hear they operate by selling 'Internet time' but I don't think they're fooling anybody. I know there are two in Washington, so there are probably more, and I know of one in Greenville, so there are probably a lot more there. I have nothing against gambling (nobody forces their victims to participate) and I believe that lottery is a voluntary tax for people who are bad at math. Rather I think casino owners should just enjoy their winnings -- they aren't going anywhere, despite what the President or others say.

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