President Obama Believes in Travel, Press Secretary Says

President Barack ObamaHow could we forget when President Barack Obama said, "You 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"? Industry professionals (especially the Las Vegas CVA) certainly have not forgotten, and now it looks like the White House has not either.

In a March 12 briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded to questions about the president's comment and attempted to clarify what he meant. Gibbs said, "Well, let's be clear about what the President said. I don't think the President said 'Don't go to Las Vegas' or 'Don't go to Hawaii' or 'Don't go to the Super Bowl'...if you've got the desire and the wherewithal to travel to any of those places, to quote a famous Southerner, Lewis Grizzard said, 'Delta is ready when you are.'"

Rather, the President's comments were made out of concern for how taxpayer money was being spent by companies, Gibbs said.

"The President believes it's important to have a strong tourism industry...he would encourage people to travel. His concern—the concern that he specifically expressed had to do with the use of taxpayer—or the use of money by institutions that have received a lot of assistance from the taxpayers."

Good to see President Obama's support for the meetings and travel industry is being reinforced.

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