“When it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things,” Obama said, joking about the first snowfall that blanketed the district with snow and ice Tuesday and overnight. “We are going to have to apply some toughness to this town.”On one hand, I can relate. I grew up near Chicago and I can't remember school ever being shut for show. One of my favorite memories is the day that we had an ice storm and, instead of walking the mile or so to school, I laced up my ice skates and was able to skate the entire way to school! Wow, that was fun. But now I live in the South and I've seen how the whole city panics and shuts down with a few inches of snow. And when we had an ice story four years ago, it took me close to nine hours to drive what is normally a 20 minute drive home from school. If Washington is anything like Raleigh, it's just not equipped to handle snow and ice the way Chicago is. Drivers don't get chains on their tires. They don't even think of getting snow tires. And whenever we have winter weather, officials and reporters take to the airways begging people not to venture out unless it's absolutely necessary because the authorities just can't handle the traffic problems that ensue when inexperienced drivers try to drive on ice.
Malia and Sasha Obama had the day off because of the snow today -- their new school, Sidwell Friends, canceled classes due to the inclement weather.
“As my children pointed out in Chicago, school is never canceled,” Obama said of his Midwest hometown’s ease at handling bad weather. “In fact, my 7-year-old pointed out that you would go outside for recess. You wouldn’t even stay indoors.”
There's a lot that Obama could knock about the District of Columbia, but he should laying off his kids' school because they take the safe way out and close down when the driving could be treacherous.