Obama outs mother-in-law as big fan of Las Vegas
By trying to soothe Las Vegas’ hurt feelings about some remarks he made recently, President Barack Obama outed his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, as a big fan of the gambling city.
“Now, before I go any further, let me set the record straight: I love Vegas,” Obama told a town hall meeting.
He had angered the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, by saying in New Hamsphire recently that, “You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”
Goodman had been demanding an apology and said Obama needed to buy him a martini.
Campaigning for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Obama told a Las Vegas audience that his comment “doesn’t mean I don’t love Vegas.”
“It wasn’t meant to be a shot. I think everybody here would agree that the only place where people should spend their college savings is in college,” he said.
Doing his best imitation of a Las Vegas lounge comedian, Obama said he enjoys himself every time he goes to Vegas.
“In fact, just last night I drew a flush on the river and cut the budget deficit in half,” he said.
Somehow he wound his way around to his mother-in-law.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to Vegas. I think my mother-in-law’s going to get here first,” he said. “She comes quite frequently. Maybe shouldn’t say that in front of the press.”
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Photo credit: Reuters/Steve Marcus (pedestrians on Las Vegas Strip watch TV coverage of Obama giving acceptance speech Nov. 4, 2008), Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama at town hall meeting in Henderson, near Las Vegas)