- The Washington Times - Monday, December 18, 2017

Colorado Democrats have renamed their annual “Jefferson Jackson Dinner” the “Obama Dinner” to honor the legacy of the 44th president and his wife.

Barack and Michelle Obama are the ones that the Colorado Democratic Party has been waiting for — to usurp a fundraising event named after the third and seventh U.S. presidents, respectively.

Party spokesman Eric Walker had two words for critics of the decision: “Damn right.”

“Damn right,” Mr. Walker said Monday evening in response to reporter Joe St. George’s coverage. “Under Obama: Longest streak of private-sector job growth in U.S. history, 15 million new jobs, saved millions of jobs w auto industry rescue, lowest uninsured rate in U.S. history … hey @twitter can I get another 240 characters over here? I’m not finished #copolitics.”

The party’s executive director, Pilar Chapa, also celebrated the move with a more traditional statement. 

“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,” Ms. Chapa said, The Hill reported.

Achievements by Thomas Jefferson include authoring the Declaration of Independence — one of the greatest political documents in the history of mankind — and founding the University of Virginia.

Andrew Jackson, also know as “Old Hickory,” founded the Democratic Party and became a national hero by winning the Battle of New Orleans at the end of the War of 1812.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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