Former President Barack Obama will meet with Democratic House freshman on Monday. According to an invitation obtained by Politico, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is hosting the event to “celebrate the freshman class of the 116th Congress.”
Obama has been busy running the Obama Foundation, which he started after leaving office. Obama still has influence in Washington and has endorsed several members of the House freshman class.
In October 2018, Obama pledged his support for 260 Democratic candidates.
In a statement Obama said, “The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas.”
“Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” he added.
Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something—to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service. They deserve your vote: pic.twitter.com/NO5jnhX3XD
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 1, 2018
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received the endorsement in October. She thanked Obama on twitter, “Thank you @BarackObama. Time to bring it home this November. Help us organize for healthcare, housing, education, and justice for all: Ocasio2018.com”
Thank you, @BarackObama.
Time to bring it home this November.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 1, 2018
The Democratic majority in the newly-elected house may have Obama to thank. On Jan. 1, 2019, Obama shared his new year message, “In 2018 people stepped up and showed up like never before. Keep it up in 2019. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and I’ll be right there with you. Happy New Year, everybody!”
In 2018 people stepped up and showed up like never before. Keep it up in 2019. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and I’ll be right there with you. Happy New Year, everybody!
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 1, 2019