Obama: I'd ‘enjoy a Kentucky bourbon with McConnell'

 

President Obama said Wednesday he “would enjoy a Kentucky bourbon” with Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns 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.

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He said McConnell had always kept his word with him and always delivered on his promises.

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 Andrew BoehnerTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa 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.”