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

July 12, 2010 |  6:38 am

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.

Change?

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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