Obama accused of undermining Vegas promise

Feb. 11, 2009 at 1:23 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is acting against his pre-election promise to help Las Vegas businesses, at least two Las Vegas boosters say.

Wynn Las Vegas President Andrew Pascal is among the boosters who claim Obama violated a 2008 promise by making comments about company executives using taxpayers dollars for Las Vegas meetings, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said Wednesday.

"You can't take a trip to Las Vegas or down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers' dime," Obama said during an Indiana town hall meeting Monday.

The president said last October that if elected, he would help "not just the folks who own casinos but the folks who are serving in casinos."

Pascal questioned the head of state's differing comments, saying Las Vegas meetings help provide jobs for area residents.

"The most responsible thing they can do is choose us as a destination," he said.

Encore Productions Chief Executive Officer Phil Cooper was equally appalled at comments by Obama and other officials against such Las Vegas meetings.

"I wanted to throw my shoe at the TV," he told the Review-Journal. "They are trying to make it out that Las Vegas has become this toxic city you can't even go to."

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