Las Vegas Mayor Goodman rejects Obama invitation
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Mayor Oscar Goodman has refused an invitation to meet with President Obama when he arrives in town on Thursday. Mayor Goodman called President Obama a slow learner after he told Americans not to blow money on a weekend in Las Vegas if they were saving to put their kids through college.
"I've got other things to do quite frankly for my constituents here in Las Vegas who rely on me to do the right thing as a mayor," explained Mayor Goodman.
Mayor Goodman has more important things like attend budget meetings during a major shortfall than meet with President Barack Obama when he visits Las Vegas Friday. That rejection comes even though he's invited by the White House.
"Were you surprised to get that invitation in light of comments you've made before and your opinion on him and what he says," asked Action News reporter Heather Klein.
"A little bit in the sense [that] I would think they would know that I would say I'm not coming," said Mayor Goodman.
They say time heals all wounds but not this time. Mayor Goodman is not backing down after the president used Las Vegas the example of where not to go if you're saving money.
This is strike two for the mayor.
"We are hurting, we have people in foreclosures, we have people having a hard time feeding their families and we can't stand to have a flippant statement made," said Mayor Goodman.
"I haven't heard an apology, I haven't heard a response, all I do is get invitations," Goodman went on to say.
Invitations Mayor Oscar Goodman respectfully or depending on your point of view, not so respectfully declines. The mayor says his presence isn't necessary, it's more protocol than anything else. However, he says all it will take is a simple phone call and he will be there ready to move on.