When he’s right, he’s right. I rode my bike to church Sunday when it was 18 degrees out. These Washington folks are wussy.
"Do schools in the Washington area shut down at the drop of a snowflake or glint of an icicle?
That is the view of President Obama, who poked fun this morning at his daughters’ school – Sidwell Friends – and others in the region for declaring a snow day. “Because of what?” he asked. “Some ice?”
Many suburban school systems were closed today, and District schools delayed opening because of last night’s freezing rain, which coated cars and roads with a thick gloss of ice. Private schools, including Sidwell, tend to follow the lead of public schools in school delays or closures. Sidwell has campuses in Bethesda and Northwest Washington.
It’s a common sentiment among parents from up North or out West – the Obamas, of course, just moved from Chicago – that schools around Washington close for weather that would barely register in the snow belt.
“We’re going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town,” Obama said this morning. “I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.”