Mitch McConnell: Barack And I Are The New ’Odd Couple’ – He Sends Me Notes

President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConn
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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted that he and President Obama are the new “odd couple” in Washington D.C., thanks to his ability to work closely with the president.

During a speech at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, McConnell boasted that, like Kennedy and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, he and Obama were a political “odd couple.”

“I think Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama may have them outdone,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

McConnell also boasted that he was receiving “handwritten notes” from the president as a result of their new friendship.

“I had to warn reporters not to faint last week before offering the president some praise on trade,” he said. “I’m even getting handwritten notes from the president these days. He sent one the other day to thank me for supporting the nomination of Loretta Lynch.”

McConnell argued that he is a “realist” about the things that can be accomplished under Obama, arguing that it was important to work “over the the objections of his own party” to get things done.

“We’ve both chosen to put policy before party,” he said. “That’s how politics should be conducted, in my view.”


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