President Obama will get back on the campaign trail Thursday, once again turning from a crisis to the nation’s gambling mecca, Las Vegas.
As he did on Sept. 12, the day after the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Obama will pivot from grave presidential duties – in this case his tour today of the hurricane-ravaged New Jersey shore – to board a plane the next day for the gaudy frivolity of Sin City.
Obama’s rebooted campaign will also take him Thursday to Boulder, Colorado, the White House announced this morning, and to Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press, a state that only recently has become a tossup Obama must defend.
With Nevada such a vital get for the Obama campaign, the president is in the midst of a kind of sudden love affair with the city, which he has twice dissed during his presidency.
In 2009 he noted, “You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime.” A year later he counseled, “You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”
But the insults are over. Obama has been to Las Vegas four times since August, most recently last Wednesday.
Obama suspended campaigning Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, returning from Orlando, Florida, without even attending the rally he was scheduled to be at. He hunkered down at the White House Tuesday and is in Atlantic City today.