Snyder talks about President's visit

Posted at 5:41 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 07:36:38-04

It may have been the sip seen around the world, as President Obama took a drink of Flint's filtered water Wednesday and with it came a promise to the people of Flint.

A commitment that the federal government is behind and with the city.

"We are working hard to make sure that Flint is whole again to make sure this proud city bounces back not to just where it was but stronger than ever," said President Obama during Wednesday's visit.

He said the federal government is working to improve Flint but he also assured them that the state is doing it's part.

"I want all of you to know that I am confident that Flint will come back," President Obama said.

Obama was welcomed to the city by Governor Snyder at the steps of Air Force One.

And the two were able to talk about their shared views as they rode together throughout the day.

"He had a message that I thought was a message about how there is improvement and how there is hope for the future and it's based on hard work from all of us coming together to solve Flint's issues," Governor Snyder said.

He says they both want to move past finger pointing and passing blame, "we need to work in the same direction about improving things for the citizens of Flint both short term and long term."

But the people of Flint are still blaming Snyder. The crowd at Northwestern High School booed Snyder before he started his speech.

Snyder says that introduction didn't surprise him.

"I can understand how people can be angry and frustrated by this and the main thing is we stay focus on the solutions and that's what I'm going to stay focused on."

The governor says he's focused on working with the President to get the city additional federal support.

"The big one would have been Medicaid waiver program for kids up to age 21 and for pregnant women in Flint to give continuing on going health care for years to come to," explains Snyder.

He and President Obama also spoke about getting resources to replace the pipes.