Notice Gina McCarthy the EPA director doesn’t join Obama and have a glass of water.
President Obama took a drink of filtered tap water from Flint, Mich., Wednesday while visiting the city to address the lead contaminated water.
Obama drank the water in a show of solidarity with the city of 100,000 and to demonstrate his faith in the treatment and filtering. The sip came after he met for about an hour and a half with local, state and federal officials in Flint about the ongoing water crisis, according to a pool report from the meeting.
“Filtered water is safe, and it works,” he said at the event. “Working with the state and the city, filters are now available for everyone in the city.”
Asked by a reporter to drink the water, Obama responded, “Generally I haven’t been doing stunts, but here you go,” before taking a sip.
He said it might take two years or more to replace the Flint pipes in order to make the water safe.
“It might take a year. It might take two years. It might take more,” Obama said, adding that in the meantime, filtered water is safe for most adults and children older than six.
But the crisis, he said, can be an opportunity for Flint, which has been in economic decline for decades. More
The president drank filtered Flint water for the press after I asked him if it was local water. pic.twitter.com/z33ksET6ao
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) May 4, 2016