Yesterday, arrested. Today, at the White House.

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, fresh from incurring arrest with civil disobedience outside the Sudanese Embassy yesterday, today led her caucus in meeting with President Obama at the White House on topics including healthcare reform and the upcoming supplemental appropriations request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We had an open and frank meeting with President Obama this afternoon, and I think both the administration as well as those of us in Congress recognize how important our relationship will be going forward,” Woolsey said in a statement released afterward. “During last fall’s campaign, President Obama ran as strong progressive, and the American public overwhelmingly embraced his proposals to transform our failing healthcare system, rebuild our struggling economy, and restore our nation’s image abroad. We look forward to working with the President to address these issues, and to strengthen our country by enacting progressive change that will benefit all Americans.”

The Washington Post has more detail, including a little more on the progressives’ concern with more money for the wars.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR

    I’ll translate Lynn’s statement: We progs think Obama owes us for our unflagging support during his campaign. Since he took office he acts like he’s the chief of state and no longer listens with bated breath to our wise advice. And another thing, we oppose shooting much-maligned jihadists in the Middle East but we think it would be wonderful to tell those nasty Sudanese who are busy killing the Darfur folks to stop right now. Hey, we send them love from Marin; it’s up to the administration to do their part. Oh, and get everybody free doctors and stuff and stick it to the greedy rich!