Though President Obama did not personally attend the swearing-in of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, but the White House did have a presence.
David Agnew, Obama's director of intergovernmental affairs, attended the ceremony, sitting on the dais next to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Attorney General Eric Holder also attended, swearing in new D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown.
Agnew delivered a short message from Obama, who extended greetings and congratulations to Gray, saying that mayors have "been a source of innovation and leadership."
Obama's statement said he looked forward to "improve education, create jobs and support economic development across the District of Columbia."
The message made no mention of the city's longstanding struggle for congressional voting rights.