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After State of Union, Obama to hit Las Vegas to expound on agenda


Steve Marcus

President Obama waves as he arrives on Air Force One at McCarran International Airport for a day of fundraising and campaigning on Oct. 24, 2011, in Las Vegas. Obama plans to speak at a United Parcel Service facility in Las Vegas on Thursday.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama makes his annual stop at the congressional podium tonight to give the country his assessment of and vision for the State of the Union.

Then he will take that message on the road, bringing it on a five-stop tour that includes Las Vegas.

Obama’s speech, which begins at 6 p.m. PST and will be broadcast on all major networks, is based on four “pillars”: manufacturing, energy, skills for workers, and fairness for all and responsibility from all.

He is then expected to speak about the first three pillars on the road. “American energy” will be the topic Obama addresses in Las Vegas, senior White House advisers said Monday.

Those advisers did not offer details Monday about what the president intends to discuss about energy, beyond a plan for an “economy fueled by homegrown and alternative energy sources that can be designed here, that can create jobs here, and that can lower costs.”

A look at the president’s detailed travel schedule reveals a few clues about the specifics he might be getting into — at least enough for one good guess.

In Nevada, conversations about investing in energy usually revolve around geothermal power or solar panels. But Obama is not coming to Nevada to talk at a power plant in the desert.

Obama arrives in Las Vegas Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning, he is delivering public remarks at the United Parcel Service Las Vegas South facility.

Last year, UPS announced it had contracted with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to roll out a fleet of 48 liquefied natural gas-fueled transport trucks at a new LNG fueling station. The initial contract, set for seven years, started in 2011.

So where was this station built for this rollout with UPS? Where else: Las Vegas.

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  1. Instead of going around the country campaigning to keep his job, he should be in Washington doing his job. He is required by law to present a budget by the first Monday of February and we find out today he isnt going to do it until later. But then, Harry Reid's Senate hasn't passed a budget in 1000 days. Mr. Obama couldn't even get his budgets passed when he had a completely Democrat Congress. I made the mistake of voting for him the first time but not this time.

  2. I think it's silly that we have to drop what we're doing and change our plans for the day just because Mr. President is coming to town.

    He puts his pants on the same way the rest of us do...I hope.

    Considering all the waves he has made for our city, you'd think he would just keep his visits as low-profile as possible, and yes, use the Military bases instead of an international airport.

  3. Lets be real, he is here for one thing and one thing only... His share of the skim from the Union Trust funds.

    If it weren't for his water boy, Harry the Hater and the Unions, he would fly right over us. and many of us wished he would....

    A village in Kenya is missing their idiot.

  4. I always notice that when President Obama tries to do something for this country, tries to enact some kind of legislation, gives a speech or even visits somewhere, the howling masses of the ultra right already label it as he is "in campaign mode."

    I know why they think that.

    Because EVERY SINGLE DAMN THING Tea/Republicans do, off election year or just before election, is "in campaign mode."

    It's unbelievable the stupid comments the righties are throwing out here in the comments about a President visiting Las Vegas. Some of them act like it's the Ayotollah from Iran visiting with a nuclear dirty bomb hidden in his clerical garb or something.

    The simple fact of the matter is that the message the neo-conservatives are trying to convey is the same crap Bush handed us for eight years. The Tea/Republicans actually want to go back to those failures. Take care of the rich and screw everyone else.

    We're out of that thinking now. It's crap. It gets us nowhere. It's been rejected. No matter how much you keep bringing it up, repeating it, shouting it from rooftops, we're not going back to that same ole same ole Bush/Cheney garbage.

    Welcome to Las Vegas, President Obama.

    The majority of America has got your back. We stand with you.

    President Obama for another four years. AND give him a majority in the House and Senate so that we can actually get something done for this thing called the United States of America.

    The neo-conservatives have lost the message. They stand with the wrong people. And WE are going to show them how wrong they are come election time.

    Get registered to vote, people. We got work to do. See all of ya at the voting booths.

  5. Obama is just as bad as Bush. Two wrongs don't make a right. Obama continued the patriot act (very very bad) He stoped Keystone XL. He invested 500 million in a failed renewable energy company.

    Frank Simmions. You have a lot of nerve to Make fun of a person. I guess that's what you people do, it's been proven time and time again. You should be embarrassed of yourself to call people names. I guess you must have white guilt or something. How do you even know what color Wanda is? LMAO.

  6. (NOTE: most of you partisans can skip this post it may only confuse you; it differs from your notes.)

    The RINO/DINO express is going to hit our town before November. Each will say how wonderful they are and how bad the other guy is. The RINO/DINO crypto-platform for the last forty years has been to send US jobs and money overseas. The spin does not diminish both their parts in this debacle. As Napoleon supposedly said, "To make mayonnaise one must break a few eggs." American workers are the eggs.

    The Bureau of labor Statistics (BLS) just gave out less horrific final unemployment stats for 2011. The media and many politicians implied they were ok or good numbers. Unfortunately, for us, they are not writing comedy.

    The figures now only look good when compared with the 2009 stats and 2009 was cataclysmic:

    2009's summary starts: "By the end of 2009, the jobless rate stood at 10.0 percent and the number of unemployed persons at 15.3 million..." The summary for December 2010 had a national rate of 9.4% which is less cataclysmic. The data for December 2011 had a national rate of 8.5% which is still horrific. To go from a rate of 10% to 8.5% in two years is nothing to brag about.

    The BLS 2011 release details argue that the recent time line trend for the unemployed is not significant in improvement.
    Here you can read the release with the summary details.

    Some highlights, first the one big recent internal improvement to only dismal from horrific:

    "...Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men decreased to 8.0 percent in December.


    "The jobless rates for adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (23.1 percent), whites (7.5 percent), blacks (15.8 percent), and Hispanics (11.0 percent) showed little change. "...The jobless rate for Asians was 6.8 percent..." I am unsure if the Asian stats are a change or not.

    The long term change since 2009 is a relative bright spot but I haven't heard anyone bragging about it. For 2011 the release says: "...The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 5.6 million and accounted for 42.5 percent of the unemployed..." As noted above just over 15 million were long term unemployed at the end of 2009.

    Both parties are culpable and today's figures are still luckily(?) only horrific.

  7. AND now that I have heard and read the latest reelection speech (mis-named a SOTU speech) I am even less impressed. What is the President smoking, because, I want some of it to get over his speech. A recycled full stinky pant load of empty talk and promises to do what he should have done 3 years ago. That is what I heard and read.