Remarks and an Exchange With Reporters in Lexington, Kentucky
The President. Is it hot enough? [Laughter]
Q. Just slightly.
The President. Anyway, I think it was a good day. We're going to get a lot done down in Kentucky. I think they're going to be able to be in good shape. And the Governor is really working. There's a real bipartisan effort down there, so I'm very hopeful. Very hopeful.
Q. Do you think people are listening to your bipartisan message, which you keep repeating? You were saying it today.
The President. Well, I—you know——
Q. Are Americans listening? Because you are—I'm sorry to say that you're—in the polls—with due respect, in the polls, you're very—you know, your polls are terrible. But your message seems to be reaching out to people. Why aren't they hearing it?
The President. Well, it's a long way home. You know, it's—the fact is that we've been divided for so long, and it's only recently that we have any kind of a movement. And I think you're going to see a lot change.
Senate Minority Leader A. Mitchell McConnell
Q. Did you invite Leader McConnell on this trip today?
The President. I talked to him. I—he knew——
Q. Did you invite him today?
The President. I—he knows he's always invited. I invited him the first time I went down.
Q. Do you wish he would have joined you?
The President. No, I don't think so. I don't think he has to. He's got a—he's got a Senate to run.
Flooding in Eastern Kentucky/Response and Recovery Efforts
Q. What was your message to the—what was your message to the families and the flood victims whose homes were damaged? When you were talking with them, what was your message to them?
The President. My message was: We're going to stay until they're fixed.
Q. Thank you, Mr. President.
NOTE: The President spoke at 4:15 p.m. on the tarmac at Blue Grass Airport prior to boarding Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews, MD. In his remarks, he referred to Gov. Andrew G. Beshear of Kentucky. The transcript was released by the Office of the Press Secretary August 9.
Joseph R. Biden, Remarks and an Exchange With Reporters in Lexington, Kentucky Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/357225