President Obama to Visit Las Vegas
President Obama may have caused some consternation amongst Las Vegans already this year by stating that the city is not somewhere people should be spending their money in this tough financial climate. However, the man in charge is set to make amends for his comments by embarking on a two day fundraising jaunt around the city. Many Vegas casinos have seen a downturn in their profits during the recession with many high profile gambling dens either severely reducing their staff or going out of business altogether. Although many casinos, including the Bellagio, have reported an increase in profits for the second month running this year but, despite the upturn in fortunes, many Vegas casino proprietors are understandably irked by Obama’s comments.
Mark Peplowski, a science professor at the College of Southern Nevada, predicts that when Barack visits the city he will make a formal apology for causing concern amongst the local residents and casinos. He'll say twice I said something about Las Vegas and twice I got sent to the principal's office. But then he'll probably say something more serious to apologize." As part of Obama’s visit he is expected to visit the home of casino tycoon and owner of the Palm Beach Hotel and Casino George Maloof. The visit will include a fundraiser where each guest is being encouraged to donate at least $30,000 in an effort to raise $1 million for the DNC.
Maloof, who has made many donations to the Democratic Party in the past, has expressed his honour at being the host for the President and hopes that the visit will help settle any rifts between the Obama and Vegas, moreover, the gambling industry as a whole.