McConnell and Obama were meeting for the first time since Republicans took over Congress on Election Day. In his post-election remarks, the president told reporters that, in the spirit of biparstisanship, he would “enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell.”
That set off a frenzy of speculation and angling from Knob Creek, which wanted their product to serve as the official bourbon of the so-called "bourbon summit."
Obama has long joked about being drinking buddies -- or not really -- with McConnell.
"Some folks still think I don't spend enough time with Congress," the president joked at the 2013 White House Correspondent's Dinner. "'Why don't you have a drink with Mitch McConnell?' they ask. Really? Why don't you get a drink with Mitch McConnell."
But don't count out the idea of the two men knocking back a few drinks. For the record, McConnell likes Manhattans.
"No, this was not the bourbon summit," McConnell told CNN. "But I'm still hoping we'll have it."
McConnell wasn't the president's only Oval Office guest today. Obama hosted Hillary Clinton for an hour. The meeting was not announced until after it had already concluded.
No word on whether they drank bourbon.