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D.C.'s next mayor, Vincent Gray, says his lunch with President Obama on Wednesday went better than he could have hoped for. It was Gray's first meeting with the city's most famous resident since winning the mayoral primary in September.

While the two men dined on seafood gumbo and a beef and broccoli stir-fry, the menu of local issues up for discussion included: the city's education reform effort, job training, and the Department of Homeland Security's plan to build its headquarters in Southeast D.C.

And while Obama declined, for now, to use the city's "No Taxation Without Representation" license plate on his motorcade, Gray says the president remains an unequivocal supporter of D.C. voting rights. Gray also says Obama wants to be more engaged with the District.

"He indicated to me, he said 'I want to do more in the city' and he says 'I want to do more for the city,'" Gray says.

Gray also met with other White House officials and says he hopes there will be more meetings down the road.

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