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President Obama Arrives in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama arrived in Southern Nevada at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The visit is his second since becoming president last year and his first since making controversial comments about Las Vegas at a New Hampshire rally. "You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college," the president said at the time.

When President Obama arrived in Las Vegas Thursday evening, he received a warm welcome from state and national leaders including U.S. Reps. Dina Titus and Shelley Berkley. Notably absent was Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who criticized the president's Las Vegas comments. Goodman wanted a meeting with the president and an apology. So far, he has received neither.

"I wasn't interested in a social gathering," Goodman said. "This is serious to Las Vegas. We've got all of our constituents hanging on by the skin of their teeth. We have foreclosures left and right. We've got people out of work, and flippancy has no place at this time as far as Las Vegas is concerned. Making a joke about us has no place."

After leaving the airport, the presidential motorcade took Mr. Obama to Gavin Maloof's home in Southern Highlands for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

The president will host a town hall meeting at Green Valley High School Friday, where he'll take questions from residents. Green Valley High School administrators found out about the town hall meeting earlier this week. The White House advance team arrived a few days ago to work out the logistics of the visit.

Members of the Green Valley Student Council are also helping with the preparations. Student Body President Asli Kupoglu can't wait to shake the president's hand. "It's such an incredible feeling. I'm part of everything that's going on here and I'm so happy it's my last year that I get to go out with a big bang to get to meet the president before I go. It's such a great opportunity," she said.

Some Southern Nevadans waited all day Thursday for the chance to attend the free town hall meeting. Tickets were given out starting at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, but the line started forming before dawn. The people in the front of the line were waiting since 2 a.m. By the time tickets were handed out, the line was very long. Everyone is hoping they'll get a chance to catch a glimpse of the president.

From there, President Obama will meet with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at CityCenter. Officials hope to hear some encouraging words from him after his controversial comments.

Air Force One is supposed to leave around 1 p.m. If you can't make it to the town hall meeting tomorrow, you can watch it live on-air and online.


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