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President Barack Obama arrives in Las Vegas, is greeted by Goodman


Christopher DeVargas

President Barack Obama arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 | 10:09 p.m.

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President Barack Obama arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Launch slideshow »

President Barack Obama received the warm welcome of one on Wednesday night when he arrived in Las Vegas and was once again greeted by the mayor.

Air Force One safely touched down at McCarran International Airport just before 6:40 p.m. after leaving Phoenix.

Obama was not wearing a coat when he stepped off the plane after lingering on board for 20 minutes.

The president is in Las Vegas promoting income equality and manufacturing jobs on a five-state tour through Friday and is scheduled at a United Parcel Service facility Thursday morning.

But that’s not what the president and Mayor Carolyn Goodman stood for a minute talking about after he descended the stairs.

Goodman acts as a one-woman welcome wagon. She’s known to give Obama a Las Vegas-themed souvenir.

“Last time I gave him a mayor good luck chip,” Goodman said. Since then she’s given the president a few extra chips for his daughters.

“This time we have our little blinker,” said Goodman, showing off a twinkling lapel pin in the shape of the Las Vegas welcome sign. “It promotes Las Vegas.”

Along with sharing the gift, a quick kiss on the cheek and a friendly embrace, Goodman shared what was on her mind.

Foreclosures and the mortgage crisis were the issues Goodman wanted to talk about.

“Help us free up the money from the private lenders,” Goodman said she had asked the president.

She had met early today with Secretary Shaun Donovan of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Donovan was in town meeting with Goodman and other elected officials at the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

The mayor wasn’t sure if Obama had known Donovon was in town, but the president was all too aware of the housing issue, having announced a plan in his State of the Union address that would assist millions of Americans whose home values declined after the housing bubble burst.

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman speaks to reporters after greeting President Obama upon his arrival to Las Vegas at McCarran International Airport Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

“And while government can’t fix the problem on its own, responsible homeowners shouldn’t have to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom to get some relief,” Obama said Tuesday night in his speech.

“That’s why I’m sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage, by refinancing at historically low interest rates. No more red tape. No more runaround from the banks. A small fee on the largest financial institutions will ensure that it won’t add to the deficit, and will give banks that were rescued by taxpayers a chance to repay a deficit of trust.”

It’s unclear if the president will spend any time in Las Vegas talking about housing.

“I know he has an affinity for this place,” said Goodman, hopeful that Obama will return to Las Vegas.

“He’s got to come back and talk about Nevada,” Goodman said. “He’s the president of the United States, and we need his help.”

Not much is known of the president’s visit besides his scheduled appearance at the UPS facility. According to Goodman the president won’t be staying on the Strip.

Obama is scheduled to travel to Denver Thursday afternoon.

He'll stop Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  1. 91% of Americans gave President Obama high marks for his State of the Union Speech...

    91%... that's extraordinary!

    Couple that with the fact that Uncle Newtie's unfavorable rating is through the roof, and even Repub's don't care for Mittens, by & large I would think the President is in reasonably good cheer as he visits our fair city!

  2. Wonder where he's staying? I bet it's not the Venetian or Palazzo. hehe.

  3. Four more years of BO and we'll all be broke...

  4. School transcripts? You're serious? Friggin moron!

  5. Nevada Solar panel manufacturer lays off most of its work force... They too, got TARP money. And he's here to talk green energy jobs!!! Thanks Obummer!!

  6. A question and thoughts for Mr. Obama.

    Why did you focus your primary efforts on healthcare reform at the start of your term instead of concentrating on stopping the outflow of jobs?

    Had you done that, and found a solution, then even healthcare would not be as big a problem as it is today. Neither would our deficit be quite so bad with a better tax base of working Americans.

    But what we have now is a still crippled healthcare system and a very bad unemployment problem.

    All of the talk about bringing jobs back rings hollow. You yourself said in March of 2009, barely a month into office, that "...not all of these jobs are going to come back. And it probably wouldn't be good for our economy for a bunch of these jobs to come back..."

    This issue, and energy as well, is starting to look and sound like how the immigration issue is trotted out every four years to entice the Hispanic vote, with nothing being done after the election is over and the voters are no longer needed.

    ( The quotation was taken from the official White House website: )

  7. Las Vegas welcomes President Obama!

    While the President of the United States of America is in Clark County, perhaps he can take a few side trips to neighborhoods that have been adversely affected by the Banksters and Wall Street---vacant, foreclosed, abandoned, and blighted homes!

    And while the President visits these neighborhoods, perchance he just might visit a public school or two, to see for himself, and maybe speak with frontline teachers in the trenches, who faithfully serve our children day in and day out, no matter which way the economy swings. Maybe our President can have a sit down and eat the same "Free and Reduced" Federally funded meals that are served to the students, who are the future of this great land.

    It would be wonderful for President Obama to carve some time out of his very busy schedule to stop by any military installation here in Clark County, and give a shout out to our country's servicemen and servicewomen. Maybe let folks take some pictures for their brag books.

    Making time to show you care doesn't cost much, and sure gives you a pile of campaign mileage, change in Citizen's perceptions, and provides folks with a sense that you care and they truly matter. Thank you.

    Blessings and Peace,

  8. Osama Obama has arrived. Who needs the incompetent? Go back to Washington, temporarily, then to Chicago when we boot your motley behind out of office in November!

  9. Who is paying for this campaign stop?

  10. Welcome to Las Vegas Mr. President. We hope your new housing program will be successful and thus cause one of our local idiots/racist to crawl back under his rock. ("101")
    he certainly does not speak for the majority of Las Vegan, and that is "A Fact".

    Thank you Mayor Goodman-- you do, and You are a Very Classy Lady!! God Speed.

  11. dlharris asks: "how come steve wynn wasnt there to bark into his ear and chew his butt out"

    He would never do that.

    Because he's too much of a coward to do that to his face. Governor Brewer from Arizona will though. (As a side note, I want to thank her for helping President Obama's reelection with that picture on the airport tarmac in Arizona shaking a finger in the President's face and mouth open screaming at him. Just that picture alone shows how out of touch the Tea/Republican Party is and will kick start their destruction in November 2012.)

    Anyways, Steve Wynn has the safe haven of Fox PORNO (Political Organization-Republican News Only) News to show up with his surgically altered face and spew that drivel out ornerier than a disease ridden desert coyote. They treat him like he's a political expert on Las Vegas. Just so long as he attacks anything Democratic Party. In their eyes, so long as he sticks to their agenda, that makes him a political pundit expert.

  12. I think Mayor Goodman did a great job with her welcome, as I think Mayor Goodman did a great job with his unwelcome at that time. Obama was here to talk to UNIONS about nat gas for a vehicle fuel, and his (our) money he intends to spend on it, not to put money in slot machines or have a fancy dinner or even a foot massage in China town. He leaves no stimulus for the workers of Las Vegas. He was here to support his agenda and campaign, not help Las Vegas. God bless the mayor for her congeniality.