For House Democrats, Support for Obama Agenda Came at a Cost

President Obama and Representative Nancy Pelosi left a meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill in June.

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

BALTIMORE — When President Obama addressed the annual retreat for House Democratic lawmakers in 2009, the event had the buoyant exuberance of a pep rally as he urged his party’s robust majority — then 257 members strong — to help muscle through his economic stimulus plan.

But as Mr. Obama speaks at this year’s retreat here on Thursday evening, he will stand before a far smaller and less popular audience: 188…

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