The presidential motorcade will be sporting new Washington D.C. license plates that say "Taxation Without Representation," when it rolls down Pennsylvania Avenue for the inauguration Monday.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama decided to put the plates on the cars as a sign of solidarity with district residents. Since Washington, D.C., is not a state, but instead a special federal district, it does not have full voting rights in Congress. It has a representative but no senators. The Washington D.C. delegate in the House of Representatives, currently Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, can debate and vote in committees, but is not allowed to vote on the House floor.
"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," Carney said. "Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the president's commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, home rule, and budget autonomy for the District."
District officials say they hope Obama will do more to help them gain statehood than just display the license plates, the Washington Post reports. Former President Bill Clinton had the "Taxation Without Representation" plates on his car toward the end of his second term, but then President George W. Bush removed them when he took office.