President Obama and Vice President Biden will meet with House Democrats during their annual policy retreat next week on Maryland's Eastern shore, senior Democratic aides confirmed Tuesday.


(Susan Walsh/AP)

Biden will attend a lunch with Democrats on Thursday, while Obama will serve as the retreat's closing act Friday, the aides said.

The meetings haven't been formally announced by the White House, but aides confirmed the details Tuesday morning.

House Democrats will be meeting in Cambridge, Md., at the same venue House Republicans used last week for their meetings, where they gathered to discuss the year ahead and also heard from a slate of invited speakers.

Appearances by the president, vice president and other Democratic luminaries at the retreat occur almost every year, providing the lawmakers an opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from leaders in a more relaxed setting beyond Washington.

Obama also is hosting a meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday evening, but there is no formal agenda for the meeting, House aides said.

On Wednesday, Obama also plans to address a Senate Democratic policy retreat. Former president Bill Clinton also plans to address senators during their meetings.