Obama Sports “Taxation Without Representation” License Plates

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Jan. 19 2013 4:21 PM

President Obama’s Motorcade Sports “Taxation Without Representation” License Plates

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The new license plate on President Obama's limo Saturday

Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The presidential motorcade got a slight makeover Saturday when vehicles began using the standard District of Columbia license plates that state “Taxation Without Representation.” The White House had previewed this would happen, calling it a sign of solidarity with the District, reports Politico. "President Obama now has lived in the District for four years and has seen firsthand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children, and pay taxes without having a vote in Congress," Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

The Washington city council petitioned the president to use the license plates during his inauguration, when millions will watch his motorcade drive down Pennsylvania Avenue Monday, notes CNN.

Although D.C. leaders are understandably excited about the president’s decision to use the plates throughout his second term, few expect him to take on the issue when he has so much on his agenda already, points out the Washington Post. Still, there’s hope that the new license plates could mean the president will be willing to devote more attention to the issue during the next four years.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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