Senator Roy Blunt chastised the president for his visit today, saying he should've stayed in Washington to deal with the VA bill and immigration issues.
It is an honor
anytime the President of the United States is able visit our
community. Our country faces many difficult challenges that will require
strong decisive leadership, as well as a spirit of cooperation. In order for
our country to move forward, leaders in Washington need to spend more
time listening to the American people. I encourage the
President to take time to visit with the hardworking families in Kansas
and learn first-hand the challenges we are facing in the Midwest because of the
many bankrupt policies of our federal government.
President Obama emerged at 7:14 p.m. to a pleasantly cool evening and was greeted on the runway by Mayor Sly James of Kansas City and Representative Emanuel Clever. They shook hands and spoke for a few moments at the bottom of the stairs before the president headed toward a crowd gathered to shake hands. "Hello, everybody," he said as he walked up, commenting at one point on the nice weather."Hey, buddy, give me a high five!" he said at one point to "a small, blonde cherub," as described by NPR's Tamara Keith. The boy obliged.