By Laura Barron-Lopez - 11/05/14 03:34 PM EST
President Obama said Wednesday he “would enjoy a Kentucky bourbon” with Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: Dems dig in over Zika funding Business groups ramp up pressure to fill Ex-Im board Senate Dems: No August break without Zika deal MORE (R-Ky.), the incoming majority leader of the Senate.
In comments a day after Democrats lost their Senate majority, Obama cast McConnell as a man he could work with.
And he said that with Republicans gaining power in the Senate, he'd be happy to have a drink of Kentucky's favorite spirit with McConnell.
“You know, I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell,” Obama said.
Obama said he is "certainly going to be spending a lot more time" with McConnell and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE (R-Ohio) now since that will be the only way to "get some stuff done" with the GOP majority.
Obama's comments are a change for the president, at least if you consider his comments at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner last year.
“Some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress. 'Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?' they ask," Obama said. "Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell? I'm sorry. I get frustrated sometimes.”