I’m from northern New Jersey, and although isn’t considered part of the snow belt, it gets its fair share of snow. We’re good for a half dozen 4-6 inchers every winter. As such, you learn to drive in the snow and ice, up and down hills and in every terrain in between.
In contrast, the city of Washington shuts down every time 1-2 inches is forecast. One can count on at least one day of delayed school openings, if not more. While the federal government usually stays open, a lot of people simply don’t show up for work. This past Wednesday, for example, the Metro was maybe a quarter full as it usually is.
So when Obama makes a crack about how DC panics at the first flake, I love it. “We’re going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town,” he said. “I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.” He’s right, and as a Chicagoan, he knows a thing or two about snow.
I like the cut of the new guy’s jib already.