What happened to Obama in Vegas - Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 | 2 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun How the mighty have fallen. This is what it has come to for the man who created a Nevada wave in 2008, winning the state by 12 percentage points, pulling Democrats up and down the ticket to victory and auguring Harry Reids stunning re-election two years later. Obama previously had been greeted by Democrats high and low at the airport, many of them only too eager to shake hands with the president and perhaps ride in the motorcade. Now, the most powerful man in the world is treated like he is arriving on a quarantined plane, a political leper shunned by those who once embraced him nay, by those he gave political life to just a few years ago. And, it couldn't happen to a more deserving person.