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Gray Hopes Message Of Inaugural Address Will Apply To District Residents

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray stopped by the Wilson Building shortly after the address.
Patrick Madden
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray stopped by the Wilson Building shortly after the address.

At City Hall in D.C. today, the goal for the District is visibility.

The plan is to draw attention to D.C.'s lack of autonomy in gestures: the sign outside the Wilson Building viewing stand calling for full democracy, the White House decision to carry the "Taxation Without Representation" license plate on the presidential limo.

And while D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's happy with all of today's actions, he's hoping the message of President Barack Obama's inaugural address applies to D.C. as well.

"He talked about all of us being created equal in his speech today. And I think that has to be translated into what it means for the people of the District of Columbia," Gray says. "Because, while we all may have been created equal, we're not treated equal in the District of Columbia."

Gray says he wants to President to push for more District autonomy during next month's State of the Union address.


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