President Barack Obama has lunch with Washington, D.C. Mayor-elect Vince Gray in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, Dec. 1, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- D.C. Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray emerged from lunch with President Barack Obama Wednesday and said the two talked about voting rights in Congress for D.C. citizens, jobs, education reform and economic development.
Afterwards, Gray said the President wants to help. The District's next Mayor faced the cameras without the President.
There was a photo released by the White House that showed the two sitting far apart at opposite ends of a table (see photo at right).
According to speculation, White House is still shielding images of the President with stitches after he sustained a busted lip in a pick-up basketball game.
From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary: Readout of President Obama's Meeting With Mayor-elect Vincent Gray
Earlier today, President Obama met with Washington, D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray over lunch in the private dining room next to the Oval Office at the White House. 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.