- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2008

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty attended last night’s State of the Union address as the guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The invitation from the California Democrat made it the second year in a row that the mayor has sat with those invited by the speaker to hear the speech by President Bush.

Former Mayor Anthony A. Williams attended the address as a guest of first lady Laura Bush. But Mr. Fenty, a Democrat in the second year of his term, had promised that upon taking office that he would watch the State of the Union from outside Mrs. Bush’s viewing box to protest a lack of congressional voting representation for the District.

Mrs. Pelosi supported a bill last year that would have granted the District a seat in the House, but the legislation died in the Senate.

Fenty spokeswoman Dena Iverson said the speaker was the “first one to extend an invitation” to the mayor to attend the address. She also said Mr. Fenty did not receive an invitation from Mrs. Bush this year.



However, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee — Mr. Fenty’s choice to fix the city’s troubled school system — was invited to attend the speech as one of Mrs. Bush’s guests, but schools spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said the chancellor could not attend because she was not feeling well.

Mrs. Bush also invited Mrs. Rhee to attend the address in 2004.

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