A city and state hit hard by the current recession with 14% unemployment along with record-high home foreclosure and bankruptcy rates.
No matter which administration is in office, it is always great to see a President visit your city, and watching Air Force One land and deliver a president to Las Vegas is always humbling.
President Obama arrived in Las Vegas a little after 4 in the Afternoon on Thursday, July 8th and attended a fund raiser for Nevada Senator Harry Reid from Aria at City Center called “An Evening with Barack Obama & Harry Reid”. He stayed the night at Caesars Palace and Friday morning gave a speech on the economy from the UNLV students’ union center. The events were not open to the public, but it was televised and streamed on the web.
A little politics and a little policy. The President rallies for the senate majority leader Harry Reid, hopes to generate $800,000, and speaks on the economy.
The Killers and musician and songwriter Sarah McLachlan opened up the event on Friday. The President starts off with a couple of jokes, comparing how hot it is in Las Vegas to Washington and how Air Force One is more crowded when they are coming to Vegas. He exclaimed “I love Vegas.”
The president commented on Reids soft spoken demeanor, but is still a fighter, and relayed Reids boxing experience and compared Reid to Harry Trumans fight against Republicans. His speech also targeted Harry Reids competitor Sharon Angle. The Aria speech lasted about 40 minutes.
Senator Reid is bidding for his fifth term against Sharon Angle. The President explained that his and Reids’ policies are helping Nevada’s and America’s economy recover from a deep recession. He also asked Congress to act on a proposal for a $5 billion expansion of the Section 48c Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit, to expand a clean energy tax credit that could pay off in Nevada. Obama said that a $5 billion increase in clean energy manufacturing tax credits could generate nearly 40,000 jobs. Reid has been pushing hard for investments in solar energy. The UNLV speech lasted about 15 minutes and the President left Las Vegas at 10:30 am. The President spent a 17 hour overnight visit.
“So, let me just close by saying this. I know we’ve been through tough times, Nevada. And I can’t promise you the difficult days are all behind us. I can’t promise you there won’t be more times to come. But I can promise you this: we are headed in the right direction. We are moving forward. And I am absolutely confident that if we’re willing to keep on moving forward, and if we refuse to turn backward; if we’re willing to show a little of that same fighting spirit Harry Reid has shown throughout his career; then we will make our way through these storms, to brighter days ahead. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.”
President Obamas Closing Statement
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