Remarks by President Biden Before Air Force One Departure

Press Release

Date: Aug. 8, 2022
Location: Lexington, Kentucky

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.

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