Joe Biden traveled to Kentucky on Monday to reassure flood victims in the state that the government would be there to help them recover.
“We are all Americans. Everyone has an obligation to help, we have the ability to do that,” Biden said during his address to the community of Lost Creek, Kentucky.
“It’s not like it’s out of our control,” he continued, referring to Americans’ ability to help. “The weather may be out of our control at the moment. But it’s not beyond our control. »
The president grabbed the backup microphone next to the podium and moved away from his prepared remarks to deliver his own thoughts instead of using his notes.
He bragged about his “one billion two hundred million” infrastructure bill, which is actually $1.2 trillion, and bragged that the change bill passed by Democrats in the Senate last weekend “would take care of everything, like health care and God knows what else.”
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The deadly flood in eastern Kentucky claimed the lives of 38 people and wiped out entire communities.
“I promise you. We’re staying until everyone is back to where they were,” Biden said, promising to rebuild their communities “better than before.”
Earlier today, Biden spoke with local officials about the dangers of climate change.
“As you all know, we’ve had a consequence of climate change, a significant number of disasters across the country,” he said during a storm briefing with local officials.
He promised he would work to get officials all the funding they needed.
“I promise you. If it’s legal we’ll do it, if it’s not legal we’ll figure out how to change the law,” Biden said.
During the briefing, Biden interrupted to ask permission to speak.
“Can I say something?” he asked as Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) prepared to speak.
“You are the president,” Beshear replied.
“I still have to ask permission,” Biden joked.
The president spoke of his helicopter flight over the flood damage, commenting that he flew over the state four times.
“I think it’s a beautiful state. Flying here you see how beautiful it is,” he said. “I really think so.”