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Snow Day with Obama
« on: January 28, 2009, 03:34:31 PM »
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After Sidwell Friends canceled school yesterday, President Barack Obama had some harsh words for D.C.

“Can I make a comment that is unrelated to the economy very quickly?” Obama asked at a morning economic briefing. “It has to do with Washington. My children’s school was canceled today. Because of what—some ice? As my children pointed out, in Chicago, school is never canceled.”

Obama went on to suggest that D.C. would do well to emulate “flinty Chicago toughness.”

“I’m saying when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things,” he concluded.

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Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 03:35:41 PM »
LOL

That's awesome . . .

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Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 03:53:20 PM »
HAHAHAAA!  Half an Inch of Panic was never so appropriate. :)
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Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 04:15:39 PM »
City Paper quickly responds:

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Hey, you know what would happen if they got an inch of snow in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.? Nothing! You know what would suck worse? Living in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.!

Every time it snows here I get ready–make sure I have ice melt, find the snow shovels in the basement, check air pressure in car tires. I also brace myself for a boatload of superior twaddle from people who are originally from colder climes. You know who they are. Hell, I’m friends with some of them. No matter how cold it is, they insist it isn’t cold. And God forbid it should snow. You call this snow? they’ll ask without waiting for you to answer (and the answer is: yes).

Now even Jesus the new president is in on it. Hey Admiral Byrd and Co., here’s why school is canceled. My street isn’t clear. It’s not a main street, but there are many streets like it. I’m excellent at driving in snow and couldn’t get my front-wheel drive car up the hill and out of the nabe yesterday. This area doesn’t have enough snow-removal equipment to clear the streets quickly enough. Where cars can’t go, buses can’t either. Please snicker and hold your now-that-was-a-real-snow-day nostalgia parties out of earshot of the rest of us.

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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009, 04:30:15 PM »
Haha...yeah really.  If DC had the same snow removal budget as Chicago...great!  Everything's open all the time!

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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2009, 04:35:58 PM »
I sometimes wonder if we have a snow removal budget at all.

I briefly toyed with the idea of buying a tough little truck and renting the snowplow attachment from my weekend job.  The groundskeeper there makes about $10,000 a year plowing out the residential streets.  Neighborhoods on the so-called "tertiary roads" actually get together and pay him instead of waiting a day or two for the plows.  And apartment complexes.  Big business.

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2009, 05:24:55 PM »
That City Paper response? Also awesome.

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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2009, 02:30:17 PM »
City Paper quickly responds:

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Hey, you know what would happen if they got an inch of snow in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.? Nothing! You know what would suck worse? Living in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.!

Every time it snows here I get ready–make sure I have ice melt, find the snow shovels in the basement, check air pressure in car tires. I also brace myself for a boatload of superior twaddle from people who are originally from colder climes. You know who they are. Hell, I’m friends with some of them. No matter how cold it is, they insist it isn’t cold. And God forbid it should snow. You call this snow? they’ll ask without waiting for you to answer (and the answer is: yes).

Now even Jesus the new president is in on it. Hey Admiral Byrd and Co., here’s why school is canceled. My street isn’t clear. It’s not a main street, but there are many streets like it. I’m excellent at driving in snow and couldn’t get my front-wheel drive car up the hill and out of the nabe yesterday. This area doesn’t have enough snow-removal equipment to clear the streets quickly enough. Where cars can’t go, buses can’t either. Please snicker and hold your now-that-was-a-real-snow-day nostalgia parties out of earshot of the rest of us.

Woah... And Sidwell Friends responds to Obama:

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"No question, the president is right. The next time it snows, we would like to invite him to help us make the decision. His involvement will make it much easier to explain to our students why they won't be able to spend the day sleeping and sledding."


Turner added, in a tongue-in-cheek reference to the president's school-age years in the Pacific islands: "Or, I suppose Sidwell Friends could merge with Punahou, move our classrooms to Hawaii and never worry about the weather again."

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Re: Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2009, 03:44:07 PM »
Split this out from the Half an inch of panic thread, since it's now becoming High Amusement.

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Re: Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2009, 04:52:25 PM »
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Re: Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2009, 05:41:04 PM »
hehehehehe... I hope Obama responds to these.  It would be funny.
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Re: Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2009, 06:57:01 PM »
You know, to be honest, as a lifetime Washingtonian who spent many years on a "tertiary road" that would take 2-3 days before it saw a plow, I'm getting more and more angry at the pro-Obama "call out the snow wimps" nonsense.  Mainly from people who don't live in DC.  The cold climate people the City Paper mocks.

Let's not give a city the budget or the manpower to fix a problem, then laugh at them when the problem isn't fixed! 

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Re: Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2009, 01:10:02 PM »
Why I Hate DC goes the extra mile...

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It's time to get flinty, according to Black Jesus. I offer the ten ways in which it's time for DC to get into the spirit of things (exactly what that spirit entails is unclear as of yet, but let's be as American as possible and just wade in without knowing what is going on or with regard to the consequences. Hurray!).


   1. Nothing is canceled ever, for any reason, including mechanical failure or danger to human life.
   2. Metro is no longer funded at all. It just runs on the sheer excitement the inauguration generated!
   3. Georgetown is sold off to Virginia, but we get the rest of Arlington back to use as a driving range/ dunebuggy course.
   4. Marion Barry is executed by the state.
   5. No more schools at all. Michelle Rhee will just go to every child's house and tell them what they should know in fifteen minutes. Problem solved.
   6. Hand guns are allowed in the District, but only if you are also legally drunk while carrying them.
   7. EMS workers receive further fifteen minutes of training by Michelle Rhee, allowing them to correctly identify the torso 60% of the time.
   8. The Palisades neighborhood is bulldozed and turned into gritty urban set for the next season of 24.
   9. License plate motto is changed to “Not paying taxes any more, thanks.”
  10. Liquid water is no longer allowed to freeze into the crystalline state, through sheer mental flintiness.

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Re: Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2009, 01:28:46 PM »
hehehe, man... people are definitey in an uproar over this.
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Re: Snow Day with Obama
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2009, 01:53:40 PM »
Well, the Obamas are making such a big deal about "actually living in the District," it's a little weird when they turn around and call us all pussies.  Largely because it shows an appalling ignorance of DC. 

I don't think the natives take kindly to the "It ain't like this back in Chicago!" joke.  Correct, Mr. President, DC is not Chicago.  Next?