Blue Grass Airport
4:15 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Is it hot enough?
Q (Laughs.) 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?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, it’s a long — 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.
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 got a — he’s got a Senate to run.
Q What was your message to the vi- — 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.
4:16 P.M. EDT