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
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.