Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | The Daily Caller - dailycaller.com | Neil Munro

President Barack Obama casually endorsed the call for Washington D.C. to be considered a state, complete with two new Democratic senators in the U.S. Senate.

“I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” he said, after an audience member asked him about the idea during a town hall meeting July 21.

“There has been a long movement to get D.C. statehood, and I’ve been for it for quite some time,” he said.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | KBOI 670

(WASHINGTON) -- While there's a new move afoot in California to split it into six states, there has been talk for years about making Washington, D.C. the 51st state.

On Monday, President Obama revealed that he supports the idea of statehood for the District of Columbia.

The president explained his rationale like this: "Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | The Week | Peter Weber

At a town hall event in the U.S. capital on Monday, President Obamaunequivocally endorsed making Washington, D.C., the 51st U.S. state. "I'm in D.C., so I'm for it," he said in response to an audience question. "Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Washington Business Journal (DC) | Lori Lundin

He's practically a resident. But until now, President Obama has remained quiet on the issue of D.C. statehood. That changed this week. The president spoke up on the issue during an event to promote his My Brother's Keeper initiative. "I'm in D.C., so I'm for it," WAMU.org quoted the president as saying. He's been for it for quite some time. "I've long believed that folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else."

Monday, July 21, 2014 | Billings Gazette (MT) | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he supports statehood for the nation's capital.

Obama was asked Monday about the prospect of the District of Columbia becoming the 51st state during a town hall at a city school.

The president said, "I'm for it," adding that he has been "for quite some time."

Obama added that: "The politics of it end up being difficult to get through Congress, but I think it's absolutely the right thing to do."

Monday, July 21, 2014 | DCist.com | Sarah Anne Hughes

During an appearance at a D.C. school, President Barack Obama openly supported the city's statehood effort for the first time.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | Politico | Lucy McCalmont

nother D.C. resident has voiced his support for statehood: President Barack Obama.

“I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” the president said Monday at an event in Washington, according to The DCist.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Perry Stein

President Barack Obama said today he was in favor of D.C. becoming a state, though he didn't indicate that he'd do anything about it beyond saying so.

"I'm in D.C. so I'm for it!" he said today at a town hall-style meeting at D.C.'s Walker Jones Education Campus for his My Brother's Keeper Initiative, according to USA Today. "Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else, they contribute to the overall wellbeing of the country like everybody else, they should be treated like everybody else."

Monday, July 21, 2014 | Mediaite | Eddie Scarry

President Barack Obama said on Monday that he’s in favor of Washington, D.C., gaining statehood.

“I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” he said to a room of mostly young, minority boys who were at the White House for Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. “Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else.”

Monday, July 21, 2014 | Mail Online | Associated Press

President Barack Obama says he supports statehood for the nation's capital.

Obama was asked Monday about the prospect of the District of Columbia becoming the 51st state during a town hall at a city school.

The president said, 'I'm for it,' adding that he has been 'for quite some time.'

However, he's aware that it would be a tough one to sell in Congress.

I'm for it: President Barack Obama says he supports statehood for the nation's capital on Monday night

 

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