Biden, Touring Flood Damage in Ky.: ‘The Weather May Be Beyond Our Control for Now’

( – While touring the damage from flooding in Eastern Kentucky on Monday, President Joe Biden said that “the weather is beyond our control for now.”

The president told the story of one property owner he spoke to who said that “Kentuckians don’t want to ask for too much.” 

When I started talking about what we could do, he said, ‘Well, you know, we Kentuckians don’t want to ask for too much.’ Get this. ‘We don’t want to ask for too much. We’re used to having neighbors help us out. We don’t know if y’all or everybody else should be doing this.’ 

I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’ No seriously. What’s he talking about? And to point it out that, here’s the deal. It is true that the people here in this community, in western Kentucky and the folks I met with the tornado, they’re not just Kentuckians, they’re Americans. They’re Americans. This happened in America, American problem, and we’re all Americans. Everybody has an obligation to help. We have the capacity to do this.

It’s not like it’s beyond our control. The weather may be beyond our control for now, but it’s not beyond our control, and I promise you, we’re staying – the federal government, along with the state and county and the city. We’re staying until everybody’s back to where they were, not a joke, and one other thing I’ve raised to the gov. 

We’ve never done this before, but because of a number of things we got done a bipartisan basis like $1.2 billion infrastructure project, like what we’re doing today—we passed yesterday having taken care of everything from health care to God knows what else. What we’re gonna do is we’re gonna see – for example, they gotta put a new water line in, in the community. There’s no reason why they can’t at the same time be digging a line that puts in a whole new modern line for internet connections. Why? Why can’t we do that?

So it’s going to be different. We’re going to back better than before. I really mean it. That’s the objective I have. Not come back to what we were before, come back to better than we were before.


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