WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama‘s limousine carried the District of Columbia’s “Taxation Without Representation” license plate, a subtle, but some say important, protest over the city’s lack of a voting member in Congress.
The White House said Tuesday that Obama has lived in D.C. for four years and has seen firsthand “how patently unfair it is for families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress.”
Obama’s official vehicles will begin using the symbolic license plates during the inauguration this weekend. They will remain on White House vehicles throughout the president’s four-year term.
“Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the president’s commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, home rule and budget autonomy for the District,” the White House said.
The city created the license plate in 2000, and President Bill Clinton put the tags on his limousine before he left office. They were taken off when President George W. Bush was inaugurated.
Obama carried the nation’s capital with more than 90 percent of the vote in 2008 and in 2012. But some have accused him of ignoring D.C. interests and snubbing his residential neighbors.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson visited the White House last week to press the issue with Obama advisers.