Obama Meets with Freshmen
At the invitation of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), former President Barack Obama will meet with freshman Democrats this week in DC. The meet-and-greet for the 67 members will be held at the home of Democratic benefactor Esther Coopersmith, according to Politico. Obama formally endorsed more than 340 Democratic candidates during the 2018 midterm elections and hit the campaign trail for many of them. Several of the new members worked for the Obama administration, including Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ), who served on the National Security Council, and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL), who helped write the ACA. Among the group will beCongresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who recently criticized the Obama administration. She argued that many of Obama's policies, including immigration and drone warfare, were "really bad," and that Obama shouldn't be given a pass by progressive Democrats simply because he has a "pretty face." The 116th Congress is the most diverse in the country’s history and the freshman members are aiming to change both domestic and foreign policy as they make their presence felt on Capitol Hill. Obama, who disrupted a political system and dynasty himself, is sure to listen as much as he is beckoned to speak we imagine. We’ll keep you posted on what we hear coming out of this meeting. More here.