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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

President Obama Meets With....

Another busy day for President Obama as his scheduled included meetings with two prominent D.C. area figures: Mayor-elect Vincent Gray, and General Colin Powell.

Gray and President Obama discussed funding for infrastructure for Ward 8, D.C. license plates, the city's high unemployment rate, and voting rights.

The two spoke on the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks' giving up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus - an act that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and catapulted the Civil Rights movement.

'I'm unequivocally in support of voting rights for the District of Columbia", Obama told Gray.

The District faces a $188 million gap in the Fiscal Year 2011 operating budget.

Gray expects to have future meetings with the president.

On meeting with General Powell the president explained, "Most of the discussion we had was around national security issues.  We talked about some of the challenges across the landscape, from North Korea to Iran to Afghanistan.  But we spent, in particular, a lot of time talking about the START treaty."

President Obama and Vice President meet with General Colin Powell at the White House.

He also thanked Powell and his wife Alma for the contributions to America’s Promise, and most recently the couple's report, 'Building a Grad Nation'.

The president is expected to meet with newly elected governors at the Blair House on Thursday.

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