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February 8th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Obama's 'stupid' jab at Vegas

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Penn Jillette
Special to CNN

President Obama made a couple of stupid little jokes about Vegas. He uses our Las Vegas as a symbol. Everyone knows what Vegas means. Doc Pomus wrote "Viva Las Vegas" for Elvis years before Doc ever visited Sin City and got everything right.

Vegas means ... wild, irresponsible, what-happens-here-stays-here. Smoke cigars, have sex with strangers, get wasted and see stupid shows with stupid Elvis impersonators doing stupid impressions of that stupid hillbilly.

That's an image we know and love in Vegas. It's the image we spend our stupidly low tax money to promote. "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" was an official slogan.

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Filed under: Opinion • President Barack Obama
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    Actually, sensible people probably don't go to Vegas and blow some money when they're saving for college. I don't know why we need to belabour that point. It's just good sense. And that is change.

    Obama is still by far the best President you could have ended up with. It's just a shame you didn't have him 9 years ago.

    February 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  2. k Peterson

    I am offended by the way the mayor of Vegas addressed THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Shut up already you idiot. WHO in the world doesn't know that Vegas is a rip-0ff?? Hello?? People who are struggeling to save their homes, feed their kids and pay their bills, should not even THINK about going to Vegas to throw their money away. Hello??? Lights on, but nobody's home!! Anyone with an IQ over 20 knows that casinos are set up so that 99% of the money that idiot gamblers throw down, is kept by the casino. It's very simple psychology...dangle the big boobs infront of a guy's face and watch him empty his pockets. So pathetic. So, Mr. Mayor....shut up, already!

    February 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  3. Mike in NYC

    Isn't it illegal to use the word "stupid" when referring to the O-Man?

    It's intolerant, uneducated and ignorant, at the very least.

    February 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  4. Troy Ravlen

    Get over it and don't be so Anal. Any attention to Vegas is good advertisement to Vegas. I support Obama on this one! Troy, Australia

    February 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  5. Barbie

    Many folks go to Vegas for the entertainment only. Just like some people don't go to Hawaii to see hula dancers or eat poi, Mr. President.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  6. Bella Loocha

    He DID not say "stupid hillbilly" please tell me NO!! That AIN'T change! That is not change at all!!! But, now when I was a kid ain't was not in the dictionary, but Hillbilly used it. Change is the fact that now you can look it up! Your statement using the word "stupid" to use a mass group of this Country is not change! Very disappointed, like when any bilingual bicultural person can be ignorantly assumed to be half witted simply for the lack of crossing a completely constructed bridge! Learning cultural and linguist divides is courageous hard work! Either it be Hillbilly, disabled or any diversity! SHAME! Most discouraged..I will keep praying for you Mr. President. God Bless you and the red Bible Lincoln and you swore on to serve this Constitution of equality! Well, at lest I know Lincoln swore on it. #justsayin

    February 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  7. Christine McNeill-Matteson

    Woah, guess that means anyone who goes there all applies? I like Obama, but he must have been tired to go off like that- Was it all that snow? smile

    February 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  8. rachael weiss

    I don't think so..............Get a grip....For those that want to gamble and have the money to have this kind of entertainment? It will never stop them...For me? When the old hotels went down and the city became a freak show....Overbuilt and lost all the glamor it was a done deal......Give the President a break......................You overbuilt!.....Thats all...And you are taking an enormous hit.........Sorry.......

    February 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm |