Fenty says his main reasons are the Illinois senator's strong support for giving the city full representation in Congress and his stance on urban issues.
With Obama at his side, Fenty announced on Tuesday his choice outside a recreation center in southwest Washington. He says Obama has the right ideas for education, like incentives for high-performing teachers, the right ideas for health care, like creating affordable coverage for all Americans, the right ideas for livable communities, like an affordable housing trust fund.
Fenty is a fellow Democrat leading a heavily Democratic city. But he is also a big admirer of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and has modeled many of his initiatives after Bloomberg's since taking office in January. Bloomberg has denied any plans to run, but recently switched from Republican to unaffiliated, clearing the way for a possible independent bid.
Not to be out done, the campaign of the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, issued a press release Tuesday announcing her "Mayors Council" — a list of more than 100 present and former mayors who have endorsed her candidacy.