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Mayor Goodman, Clark Co. Commissioner Sisolak greet Pres. Obama

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As soon as Air Force One touched down at McCarran, those waiting to greet the president on the ground didn't want to meet the commander in chief empty-handed.

"I've always told my children, 'When you go somewhere, take something with you.' And I was trying to come up with what could I do today," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman told FOX5.

Being the first person President Barack Obama would see on the tarmac, Goodman decided the best way to greet the president was appealing to his sweet tooth.

"When he came down the stairs my first comment was, ‘(I) brought you gift cupcakes.' (And) you know (what he was) thinking, 'What kind of a mayor is this?'"

After shaking hands with the mayor, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak gave Obama several Clark County coins for his daughters.

In return, Sisolak received presidential cuff links.

"I will cherish and keep (them). I'd be too afraid to wear them because I'd be afraid that I'd lose them," Sisolak told FOX5.

After the exchange of cuff links and cup cakes, Goodman and Sisolak said they got down to business with the president.

"(I told him) we need help with jobs, I said that's still the biggest problem we have here is still the economy and creating jobs and he said, 'I understand, and we'll do whatever we can,'" Sisolak recalls his conversation with Obama.

Both Goodman and Sisolak rode in the presidential motorcade to Del Sol High School near Patrick Lane and Pecos Road, just east of McCarran International Airport.

Goodman and Sisolak each said they had a chance to share ideas with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during that time.

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