Readers Icy About Obama Comments
There's a lot going on in the world and the nation, but in the Washington area, schools have been mostly closed for two days because of a snow and ice storm. President Obama commented yesterday that schools certainly wouldn't have been closed in Chicago.
That poured fuel on the unending debate in this town between those who grew up where it snows a lot -- and therefore have God-given gifts of getting anywhere in their vehicles no matter the weather -- and those who grew up in warmer climes and can't stay on the road. It also resulted in three acts of journalism in the Post this morning, which many Readers Who Comment think was a waste of writing talent, ink and newsprint and many others doubtless think was insufficient coverage.
My friend and former colleague Jeanne McManus made the case for closing schools and told the president, "I believe in shutting things down on a snowy day" because "you don't want me driving in the snow."
And the editorial board said it was "rankled just a bit" by the president's remarks.
We'll start with comments from the main story and stewartr2, who wrote, "Pleeze!! President Obama was right on dude! Washingtonians are winter wimps, and I know why--it's the commute that's got us all held hostage! It sucks and we know that when it snows it's going to be worse than ever. So we close down..."
bknivens was one of many to make the valid point that "The Chicagoland area dedicates massive resources to snow removal, road clearing and salting, on a scale that DC -- with its often more temperate winters -- cannot afford to duplicate..."
pottsplit said, "Send him back to Chicago!!!!!"
Amelgepo was one of several who wrote something like this: "Obama will learn that he can't joke with the Washington media who are constantly trolling to make something out of nothing. There are many things of importance going on, but the Post chose to make something out of nothing. How silly."
tands23 said, "I come from the West and I am surprised how easily things shut down in this city due to snow! Part of the reason are the horrendous drivers of this region who know nothing about snow or ice on roads," a point with which many other out-of-towners agreed.
And JEB2919 wrote, "So the President isn't in the midwest anymore. When in Rome, do as the Romans..."
All comments on the story are here.
Now we turn to Jeanne McManus's op-ed, to which red_hawk1968 responded, "Fabulous! My sentiments exactly. If President Obama wants to be part of this city, then he needs to realize that we just don't have experience driving or walking on ice, and we prefer to take the rare day off rather than endanger ourselves or others..."
Marksfriend said, "Agreed! I am a fan of the prez, but that was a cheap shot at the expense of WDC natives. He'll get it eventually."
fmjk wrote, "... we are tough. We know how to pull over when the President's motorcade goes by. We endure the comings and goings of every Congress, without getting a vote in any of them. Perhaps Obama would like to help us with that..."
barbnc said, "The defensiveness that Obama's comments have brought out in Washingtonians tells me that he sure did hit a nerve."
All comments on the McManus column are here.
As for the editorial, herrbrahms wrote, "I cannot freaking believe that this paper wasted a column with this editorial instead of commenting on the Republicans' attempted obstruction of vital economic stimulus.
A true paper of record wouldn't have spilled the ink."
"kls1 advised the president, "Dude. Quit worrying about bridging the great divide with all the world's foreign cultures -- until you can wise up on how NOT to stir up the federal workforce (that you need, buddy) in your own back yard."
wkorn wrote, "Not only is the ice thin in D.C., but so are the skins of the populace, it would seem."
We'll closed with Wmcfam who said, "There have been days when I have thought the area school systems made the wrong decision about closing schools because of bad weather. Yesterday, with the ice, was not one of them."
All comments on the editorial are here.
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