State Democratic Party changes name of annual event to ‘Obama Dinner’


The Colorado Democratic Party announced Monday that its annual dinner, formerly called the “Jefferson Jackson Dinner,” will be renamed the “Obama Dinner.”

In a news release, Colorado Democratic Party Executive Director Pilar Chapa noted that the party was “proud to honor the historic contributions from the former first family by naming our dinner the Obama Dinner.”

“In 2008, Colorado had the privilege of hosting the Democratic National Convention where Barack Obama won our party’s nomination and subsequent election as the 44th President of the United States of America. Since that time, both Michelle and Barack Obama have played a pivotal role in advancing our nation forward,” Chapa said.

According to Chapa, “Under President Obama’s leadership, we pulled our nation out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and started the longest period of private sector job growth in American history. That record of economic success, combined with landmark health care legislation, millions of jobs saved through the auto rescue, and important work on climate change, cemented President Obama’s legacy as a transformational leader of our country.”

Chapa went on to call former first lady Michelle Obama an “inspirational role model” whose focus on health and exercise programs “helped reverse childhood obesity trends in the U.S.”

Michelle Obama was also lauded for “helping military families,” which made her an “inspiration to all Americans.”

Chapa added, “The Obama legacy embodies the values we hold as Democrats, and we are beyond proud to rename our annual dinner after our former first family.”

The inaugural Obama Dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Hilton Denver City Center.

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