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 | USA Today | Gregory Korte

WASHINGTON -- President Obama has been a resident of the District of Columbia (practically, if not legally) since 2009.

He rides in a limousine with D.C. license plates.

But he's been relatively quiet on the controversial subject of D.C. statehood -- until Monday.

"I'm in DC so I'm for it!" he said in at a Town Hall in Washington to promote his My Brother's Keeper Initiative.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | The Hill (DC) | Justin Sink

President Obama said Monday that as a Washington, D.C., resident he supported statehood for the District of Columbia’s 650,000 inhabitants.

"I'm in D.C., so I'm for it," Obama said Monday at a town-hall event to promote his "My Brother's Keeper" program.

"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," Obama added.

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

D.C.'s love for Democrat Rep. Jose Serrano of New York is nothing new. In 2010, he was on the receiving end of a ceremonial resolution from the D.C. Council after he unsuccessfullyproposed ending Congress control over the District's budget. In 2013, he received a "Champion of Democracy" award at DC Vote's annual gala. Serrano is his party's ranking member on the House appropriations committee's subcommittee on financial services and general government, which oversees D.C.'s budget.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle

For the first time since he took office, President Barack Obama has come out in favor of making Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state.

"I’m in D.C., so I’m for it," he said of D.C. statehood during an event in Washington today. "I've 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.

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