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Posted at 5:17 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Photo: Vincent Gray lunches with Barack Obama at the White House

By Mike DeBonis


Courtesy of the White House, here's a photograph of Mayor-elect Vincent Gray lunching with President Obama -- across a surprisingly long table in a private dining room off the Oval Office.

Post reporter Perry Bacon Jr. has confirmed the menu with the White House: Obama and Gray "ate beef and broccoli stir-fry preceded by Gulf Coast seafood gumbo."

If you zoom in on the picture real good, you can also see some cheese and fruit and what appear to be meticulously stacked baby carrots.

After the jump, video of Gray's comments after the meeting.

Gray called the meeting "delightful," "a great meeting," "even better than I could have hoped for." Topics of discussion: improving public education, the new Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Ward 8, and, of course, voting rights and home rule for the District.

"There will be many meetings in the aftermath of this," Gray promised. "[President Obama] said, 'I want to do more in the city,' and he said, 'I want to do more for the city,' " he said.

Here's the official White House statement:

The President enjoyed their productive discussion and looks forward to continuing the good working relationship between his Administration and the District of Columbia. The President and the Mayor-elect had a wide-ranging discussion covering many issues on which they agree -- working to improve education, creating jobs and improving economic opportunity in all sections of the city. The President specifically reiterated to Mayor-elect Gray that he is an unequivocal supporter of D.C. voting rights and that he continues to support the Home Rule Charter which is so important to the citizens of the District. President Obama and Mayor-elect Gray both committed to building on today's discussion in the months and years to come. Since taking office, the President and First Lady have embraced the D.C. community and look forward to continuing to engage and support the citizens of our nation's capital.

More to come from Post reporter Tim Craig.

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House

By Mike DeBonis  | December 1, 2010; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  The District, Vincent Gray  
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