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So is that a "no"? In Monday's news briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs seemed to rule out the possibility of putting D.C.'s "Taxation Without Representation" plates on the presidential limo.

In an exchange being closely parsed by D.C. voting-rights folks (okay, by Mark Plotkin, anyway), Gibbs told an ABC reporter who asked about the plates that "rather than change the logo around the license plate, the president is committed instead to changing the status of the District of Columbia." What about the symbolism? Said Gibbs: "Ask people in Washington whether they'd like to have that status changed or that symbolism screwed onto the back of a limousine."

Pressed by reporters further, Gibbs said President Obama supports legislation that would give D.C. a vote in Congress, and "what could be more important?" So why not take the plates, too? "It's endearing that you're equating the two," said Gibbs before moving on.

Sounds like a "no."

By The Reliable Source  |  July 1, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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And the press wonders they're not taken seriously. Quesion asked and answered move on.

Posted by: rlj611 | July 2, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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