President Obama in the East Room of the White House August 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
David Jackson, USA TODAY
President Obama spends a big part of a busy Tuesday making his case for a military strike on Syria, speaking with invited members of Congress at the White House.
The White House did not release a guest list, but it is expected to include members of military and national security committees, as well as congressional leaders.
The meeting is the latest in a series of contacts by the White House following Obama's stunning announcement Saturday he would seek congressional authorization before striking at Syria.
As the administration accuses the Syrian government of using chemical weapons, three key members of Obama's team are scheduled to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
The president met Monday with a pair of Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Both GOP lawmakers expressed grudging support for the administration's plans for Syria.
Obama's lobbying effort goes global later in the week.
On Tuesday night, the president departs for Stockholm, Sweden. After a brief stop there, he heads to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the G-20 summit, where Syria is likely to be a dominant topic.