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In its own words: The Las Vegas Review-Journal appraises Obama's visit

As The Ticket reported right here and over here, President Obama stomped through Missouri and Las Vegas last week on campaign fundraising excursions for Democratic Senate candidates.

On most presidential visits like this, the media and public attention moves on to the next stop with the nation's leader. But after this trip we went back to Las Vegas to see how Obama's re-visit to the city he so famously suggested other Americans not visit was received.

Democrats Barack Obama and Harry ReidHere's what we found:

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reviewed the president's visit and came up with an editorial Sunday that was as scathing as that city's afternoon sun these days.

Here's a portion of that editorial, titled "Mr. Obama visits Las Vegas," with a link below to the rest of it:

Two years ago, the majority of American voters supported freshman U.S. Sen. Barack Obama for president. Today, neither he nor his party seem that popular. Why?

No one supported candidate Obama based on his achievements -- military, legislative, administrative, or creating jobs in the private sector. There weren't any.

What they embraced was his vow to move past race and partisanship, to seek not merely Democratic solutions or Republican solutions, but bipartisan solutions, multi-partisan solutions, American solutions.

If that Barack Obama had spoken at Aria in CityCenter Thursday evening, and then at UNLV Friday, one could easily imagine him saying, "You know, our economic policies of the past 18 months have not succeeded. In fact, many things have gotten worse.

"Here in Southern Nevada, your unemployment rate has skyrocketed from 4.4 percent to 14 percent, people have lost their homes, businesses have closed, 135,000 jobs have....

... been lost. And it just might be that the tax-and-spend dinosaurs of my own party are part of the problem.

"So instead of making fun of Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, anyone with some fresh ideas, I've started calling in some of those 'greedy capitalists' who've created jobs in the past. I'm asking them what they think we should 'change.'

Instead, Mr. Obama was here to raise funds for one of those aforementioned graying partisans of the Senate, Sen. Harry Reid. And Mr. Obama continued to blame all his -- and our -- problems on the mess he inherited two years ago.


While the president did not mention Mr. Reid's front-running Republican challenger Sharron Angle by name, he did comment on her plan to let younger workers invest part of their Social Security withholdings in private accounts they would own, while Washington would continue paying promised benefits to older Americans. "On a lot of these issues, she favors an approach that's even more extreme than the Republicans in Washington," said the "post-partisan" president, drawing laughter from the hand-picked, closed-door Democratic crowd.

"That's saying something. That is saying something. I mean, she wants to phase out and privatize Social Security and Medicare."

Whereupon the president proceeded to set out his own detailed plan -- and Sen. Reid's -- to save a Social Security and Medicare entitlement system that's already spent all the money current retirees ever paid in, and which is thus headed for bankruptcy.

Well, no, of course he didn't do that.

The fact is, President Obama once again left behind a sinking feeling that neither he nor Sen. Reid have a clue how to pull this country out of its current dire economic straits.....

The entire Review-Journal editorial is available here.   ####

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To put this editorial in perspective, one should be aware that the Las Vegas Review Journal is totally and daily against both President Obama and Senator Reid. The paper's position on most issues can be reasonably characterized as far right/libertarian.

Just amazing how The Review Journal is involved in "black media" and protects anything of truth about Harry Reid that the Citizens need to know.

Senator Harry Reid is a profiteer involved in protections of sex crimes and child abuse.

Senator Harry Reid profits threw race profiling.

Senator Harry Reid greed is very abusive vengeful a slithering snake. When money profiteering is involved for his greedy pocket book and law firm shareholders who degrade minors and invade all privacy that all Americans would find outrages.

Senator Harry Reid has no humanity for victims even when they come close to death by minutes.

Senator Harry Reid profits threw violating all Federal Discovery Laws to win cases.

Senator Harry Reid does not believe in victims rights when he can profit threw crimes against humans.

Senator Harry Reid violates "The First Establishment Clause" by forcing poor Americans to use American tax dollars to build a very private religious Church/School in Las Vegas, making one religion the USA.

Senator Harry Reid condones and supports "Who is a Jew" investigation when insurance companies pay for it so the firm can profit.

This is what the USA has come to the same as "Hitler or Saddam" human rights crimes against humanity.

Wait, I thought that the President would not rest until the spill in the Gulf was contained; or he would no rest until . . .

Harry Reid if elected will be as we know "the same again". Ms. Angle well she is not polished like Reid or Obama, but at least it sends a message and that message is "we as a people here in Nevada are tired of the same old stories" I liked the interview that Mr. Wynn gave. That about says it all. Also a good article that I believe tells it like it is

Anything is better than Harry Reid. Pray that the good citizens of Nevada throw him out on his bum. He deserves to be fired in November.

when your own son ,campaigning for gov. of Nevada shys away from using the Reed name,harry has a huge problem.Harry is seen as Obama's and Pelosi's
suppository and at the end of the day voters will realize that Sharon Angle is a
way more honest person,that will actually cast votes to preserve our free
market economy to wich this nation and nevada owe their freedoom and


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