Obama Trip To Capitol Hill is a Goodbye Visit Rather Than a...

Obama Trip To Capitol Hill is a Goodbye Visit Rather Than a Strategic Session


With only 16 days left in the White House, President Obama did what he rarely has done over the last eight years: He met with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

The visit was more of a long goodbye than it was a strategic session, with the President telling members the importance of not “rescuing the Republicans” in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  There are over 25 million people who are now benefiting from the law.  Those millions includes residents in the state of Indiana, where Governor Mike Pence expanded the Medicaid expansion in the state.

President Obama told Democrats he wishes he was still in the fight and brought up other issues, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) saying he would emerge loudly to defend the program if the GOP attempts to dismantle it.

The President has maintained an arms-length relationship with members of Congress over eight years compared to other Presidents.  As a result of the lack of face time each rare visit is a big deal.  Members mobbed the President for photos as he departed the meeting held in a large auditorium in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.  In 15 days, Donald Trump will be sworn-in as President featuring several members of Congress serving in his cabinet.



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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke