Recap of Barack Obama’s Meeting with the Freshmen
At a meeting between former President Barack Obama and freshman congressional lawmakers on Monday, POTUS44 had some key advice for the new leaders: don’t be afraid of big bold ideas, but also think about how you pay for them. That’s according to a person summarizing the former president’s remarks to The Washington Post. Obama didn’t specifically address any particular policy or lawmaker. Attendees say Obama argued that voters care about the costs associated with policies and that Democrats should be ready to answer questions about how they will pay for an idea while making big promises to constituents. Even a liberal, he argued, could be repelled from supporting a liberal policy if it’s accompanied by a major tax cut to their own bottom line. According to WaPo, the evening was casual and friendly. He talked about the importance of constituent services and making voters feel seen and heard. He also spoke about his own experience in Congress and ascension to the White House. Obama had campaigned for a number of freshmen in the room and told them he was proud of them for fighting for what they believed was right. More about the evening here.