WASHINGTON (CNN) - Nevada's Republican governor has turned down an invitation from the White House to briefly greet President Obama when he visits the state tomorrow for a Democratic fundraising event, citing comments the president made earlier this year calling on companies that received taxpayer-funded bailouts to avoid wasting money on luxuries like company planes and Vegas vacations.
“While I appreciate the offer, I am not interested in a handshake and a hello from President Obama, I am interested in an apology and plan to undo the damage the President did,” Gov. Jim Gibbons said in a Monday statement.
He again called on Obama to publicly promote Nevada tourism, and to apologize for his remark that business leaders receiving money from the government "can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime,” blaming the president for the recent cancellation of hundreds of conventions and other meetings originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, and the loss of more than $100 million in revenue.
"President Obama is coming to Las Vegas to take millions of dollars in campaign cash for Senator Harry Reid, while the President’s own words have hurt working families in Nevada and damaged the economy in Nevada for businesses large and small,” he said. “Both men should be ashamed, because people are suffering through the depths of the recession while they practice the height of hypocrisy."
The White House, which had offered Gibbons the chance to speak with Obama at the airport, has not yet responded to a request for reaction to the governor’s latest statement. Last week, Gibbons said the president had turned down a request for a sit-down meeting.
He really believes Pres. Obama caused the downfall? How sad! GROW UP!!!
Dear Rebecca Sinderbrand – you refer to the governor as the "republican governor". What didn't you refer to Obama as the "democrat president " ?
Wow! This guy has some balls!
Give me a break! The Gov needs to be polite and show some respect. Oh brother...what a sore-loser.
If he won't do a sit-down meeting, I'm not meeting him at the airport! What grade is Gibbons in - third?
Great Job Jim–keep it up.
Lets remind Rebecca Sinderbrand that Obama may be "the" president but for most of us now he is not "our" president. Big difference.
What a jerk! It's the President of the United States! This is why people don't like Republicans.
Time to dump the Country's load of nuclear waste in Nevada afterall.
Take that Mr. Hyper-sensitive. The 30% conservative vote must be so impressed with you and your "no can do" attitude.
I can understand the Governor's reaction, but he should have made the point he felt he owed the citizens of Nevada, then he should have shown the graciousness of Nevada and accepted the invitation. That would have shown professionalism, something American politics is lacking.
I believe the Governor should consider hiring new advisers because this was an opportunity lost. This does highlight the fact that influential politicians behave more like children, and we wonder how things got so bad.
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"He again called on Obama to publicly promote Nevada tourism, and to apologize for his remark that business leaders receiving money from the government "can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime,” blaming the president for the recent cancellation of hundreds of conventions and other meetings originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, and the loss of more than $100 million in revenue"
I don't read anything that merits an apology. The President is making a point directed at the big money CEO's. Maybe the governor should apologize for not doing a better job managing the economy of his state. Lighten up Frances...ah, Jim.
Typical GOP whiner. They destroy the country, then try to blame it on Obama. And on top of that, they have absolutely NO CLASS. Turning down an invite from the President of the United States? More of the same from the shallow, selfish GOP. So predictable by now that it's not even worth the news coverage.
I thought the Republicans believed in old fashioned respect for office and authority. We are all refusing excesses and the governor has and nerve to refuse to greet our President
what a hypocrite. what will you tell your children about morality and respect
the moral majority is neither
My mother would be ashamed of you
what about your mother or does she care?
a concerned preschool teacher and entreprenuer
I'm sure President Obama genuinely don't want to shake the hands of a republican, anyway.
Wow, what a sore loser. Did he expect the President to condone lavish behaviors with companies in bankruptcy, laying people off?
Anyway, Nevada's drop in tourism has little to do with the President's comments. It has to do with the hugs real estate bubble, and the fact that people don't have the money to go gamble or vacation in Vegas right now.
Serious ridiculousness from Jim Gibbons.
The Nevada Governor is a scorpion! The President was right in saying companies taking bailout money should be using it for any kind of corporate get aways.
you have to love the states. you are all patriotic until a black man is voted into office. lol reminds me of a old saying if your black don't let the sun set on you here. good old usa.
BTW vegas I am sending this blog to everyone I know, good luck getting anyone to spend money in your racist state.
No matter how offended you may be Mr. Governor, in this nick of time, the President is absolutely right: companies that received taxpayer-funded bailouts must avoid wasting money on luxuries like company planes and Vegas vacations. It is these sort of wasteful spending that has put the US and the world at large in this finacial melt-down in the first place.
I think you owe the President an apology for not honouring his invitation to meet him. He is after all your president as well. The American people (the people you help govern) voted overwhelmingly for him last November.
Thank you for reminding us that gambling with tax payer dollars are not easy decisions for the Administration. Instead of divisiveness remarks, the Governor should pressure his own administration to take advantage of any way to positively market the opportunities Nevada offers.
With these comments, it's still a gamble to visit there in my opinion!
I guess Gibbons likes wasting taxpayers money.
The Governor of Nevada and the Mayor of Las Vegas must be taking the same smart pills. I listened to that statement President Obama made and he did not single out Las Vegas, he meant that these companies should not be partying at the taxpayers expense. He also included super bowl games. You have to really be dumb to not understand what he said.
What a trivial dude. Grow up!!
Who cares? Gibbons is just another republican idiot who'll be out of a job after the next election. Obama looks good for at least making the effort.
is this a joke - i remember seeing the smarmy mayor of las vegas complaining about this when the comment was made by obama. sorry, idiots, but your business is down because republicans caused a depression. wake up.
If this republican governor of Vegas was just a regular citizen,
of lets say, Florida – Im sure that he would also think
that companies receiving bailouts money shouldnt spend money
on luxuries and trips to vegas.
This is just common sense.
But as the world is, we have individual interests,
and this guy s interest is in having people spend money in vegas.