- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There was bourbon, and there was the president, but there was no “bourbon summit” with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

President Obama visited a bourbon bottling company Wednesday at a small business incubator in Cleveland, where a new process ages the beverage in about a week. His visit served as a reminder that Mr. Obama still hasn’t held a promised bourbon summit with Mr. McConnell as an icebreaker for their increasingly frosty relationship.

Asked by reporters what Sen. McConnell might think of the rapidly aged Cleveland whiskey, Mr. Obama replied, “McConnell might have a different opinion about it. And I love Kentucky bourbon. But apparently this gets made a lot quicker.”

Kentucky bourbon often is aged as long as nine years before it’s ready to drink.

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