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BHO and I agree: D.C. Drivers are Wimps!
Clearly Nebulous ^ | January 28, 2009 | Colette Moran

Posted on 01/28/2009 1:49:06 PM PST by CMoran325

"Can I make a comment that is unrelated to the economy very quickly?" the new president told reporters at a gathering with business leaders. "And it has to do with Washington. My children's school was canceled today. Because of, what? Some ice?"

For once, I can agree with Obama.

I'm from Chicago, too, and the 6 or 7 winters I have spent here in the D.C. area, I have been amazed at how a little bit of snow or ice shuts this place down.

But doesn't that make me and Obama statists or climatists or some other -ists? We just don't understand.

We just don't understand what it's like to grow up in an area that doesn't have the great abundance of plows and road salt like they do in upstate Illinois.

We just don't understand the barriers that people of this region have had to overcome in getting a sufficient education to make their way along a snowy or icy roadway.

We just don't understand how hard it is to pull one's self out of a ditch when they were unable to successfully navigate a treacherous back street.

We just don't understand how they've suffered the absence of role models who can steer them in the right direction when their rear wheels start fish-tailing in the slush.

Only when a D.C.-area driver wins the Indy 500 in a snowstorm will the real healing begin.


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Will be a long time til we agree on anything again...
1 posted on 01/28/2009 1:49:06 PM PST by CMoran325
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To: CMoran325

DC drivers aren’t wimp, they are just bad drivers. When I see a DC or Maryland license plate I reach for my insurance card.


2 posted on 01/28/2009 1:50:15 PM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: CMoran325
I'm from Chicago, too, and the 6 or 7 winters I have spent here in the D.C. area, I have been amazed at how a little bit of snow or ice shuts this place down.

DC keeps the same amount of ice and snow removal gear on hand as Chicago? Gee, who knew?

3 posted on 01/28/2009 1:50:48 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

um, I don’t think that’s what was said — to the contrary...


4 posted on 01/28/2009 1:53:25 PM PST by CMoran325
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To: CMoran325

Shouldn’t the president be focused on more weighty matters?


5 posted on 01/28/2009 1:53:30 PM PST by skeeter
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To: mewzilla
Well, Chicago shutting down because of a snowstorm is what got Jane Byrne elected Mayor...

Anyone here live in Chicago during the 1967 winter blizzard?

6 posted on 01/28/2009 1:55:47 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: skeeter

Shouldn’t the president be focused on more weighty matters?

Like fisting with the wife


7 posted on 01/28/2009 1:56:14 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom. I love sarcasim)
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To: mewzilla

And it’s kinda hard to plow and salt/sand if there’s unrestricted on-street parking. Does DC have special parking rules in place to enact for snow and ice storms?


8 posted on 01/28/2009 1:58:17 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
From today in DC....

Snow makes landfall in area

Barry, you truly are a horse's back end.

9 posted on 01/28/2009 2:01:29 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: CMoran325

When the roads are cleared of snow and ice and treated so the surfaces don’t refreeze then I’ll agree with you.

Until then, it’s safer to keep kids in school buses off the roads. In freezing icy weather it’s better to have the children at home rather than waiting on street corners for buses that may or may not arrive.

If O objects to having his children home that’s his problem.

I for one, loved snow days. We got to do some neat stuff with our kids on an unexpected day off from school.


10 posted on 01/28/2009 2:02:38 PM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: Carley

I thought he sounded petulant and whiney, as usual, and I thought he had no business publicly criticizing a safety policy of a school. If he had a problem with it, he should have called them personally.


11 posted on 01/28/2009 2:07:14 PM PST by livius
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To: Perdogg
Were you around during the '96 storms? We got what, three winter storms in five days? The gummint decided, in it's infinite stupidity, to open on Thursday, when none of the plows had made it to the secondary roads yet, and the whole area was gridlocked all day. My boss told me not to even try to come in, and I ended up getting a nine day paid vacation from the Pentagon. LOL


12 posted on 01/28/2009 2:07:38 PM PST by Viking2002 (The Occupation has begun. God help America.)
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To: CMoran325

I grew up in the upper Midwest but now live near DC. The schools were right to close today for several reasons including:
1. Tens of thousands of students do not own winter boots, an unneeded expense when children grow quickly and it seldom snows.
2. Sidewalks are not shoveled so these children would end up walking on the roads.
3. This was a snow, then ice, then rain, storm, which is tricky for many southern and foreign drivers to handle.
4. About five snow/hurricane/whatever days are built into the schedule to facilitate closure in dicey conditions.
5. There are an unbelievable number of lawyers around here, most of them eager to sue at the drop of a hat - or whenever anyone slips and falls on the ice.


13 posted on 01/28/2009 2:08:55 PM PST by StayAt HomeMother
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
Oh yeah, I remember! ‘67 winter was bad, but that blizzard was crazy. We even went on the second story roof to shovel snow off due to the weight causing a fear of roof collapse.
14 posted on 01/28/2009 2:08:57 PM PST by TheBlueMax (International ANSWER? They don't even understand the question!)
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To: CMoran325
Maybe they recognize they don't have the necessary skills to drive on ice or snow. Like Dirty Harry said: "A man's got to know his limitations".

Here in Upstate NY 6-10 inches of snow is "snow big deal". People still get into work OK. If DC commuters tried to drive in half an inch you would see 30 car pile ups.

15 posted on 01/28/2009 2:10:38 PM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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To: skeeter

ofreako would have been better off keeping his mouth shut instead of making weird comments about the weather in DC.
DC ain’t Chicago and he should know that, shouldn’t he?


16 posted on 01/28/2009 2:12:00 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Scooters work good in Vermont snow)
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To: StayAt HomeMother

Besides which, kids who attend private school in DC could very well live in farflung parts of MD and VA. My son goes to Gonzaga in DC, it was called off today [we live near Vienna in VA]. They go by Montgomery Co. Most of the private schools go by the policy of one of the surrounding counties, like fairfax or montgomery co, because it’s not like a neighborhood school where they all live near the school.


17 posted on 01/28/2009 2:15:05 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: CMoran325

One person has already died in a DC car accident, attributed to the weather. The Messiah’s foot has met his mouth.

“Welcome to our city.”

“Thanks, and since none of you asked, I’ll tell you anyway - you’re a bunch of p&@@ies” (tries to walk through window)

“Get out the stone tablets and start chiseling”


18 posted on 01/28/2009 2:17:51 PM PST by lacrew (Where's Blago?)
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To: StayAt HomeMother

All are true. In Chicago (the city proper esp’ly) we do not have winding and sloping backroads that buses have to make their way upon.

But sometimes school has been cancelled here when a few inches of snow was *predicted* in the afternoon, and then didn’t happen.

But buses and school issues aside — rain or snow, the drivers in this area are clueless.

And this was satire. Twas more a poke at knee-jerk P.C.-ness than anything.


19 posted on 01/28/2009 2:18:01 PM PST by CMoran325
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To: livius

Wonder if his children ever rode in a schoolbus.

And I just can’t imagine children complaining about a snow day, unless that is being home with Mama Omarosa is punishment.


20 posted on 01/28/2009 2:18:16 PM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: CMoran325
Sorry but whether true or not, this is a stupid thing to say. DC and other places may be over cautious but Obama gives the impression that there should never be snow day cancellations which is simply dumb.

Chicago and other urban areas don't have the hills and dangerous curves such as NH or VT or Maine or...etc. It's easy to poo poo all the non-urban school districts that have more dangerous terrain and longer bus routes as opposed to urban areas, like Chicago, where a lot of 90 degree turns on relatively flat terrain are a safer bet.

I can't wait to see the reaction of the locals bacause Obama gave a broad-faced slap to his Peeps.

21 posted on 01/28/2009 2:18:46 PM PST by torchthemummy (My apologies if this post retreads on ground already covered!)
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To: CMoran325

I guess people move south just to beat their chests over snow days? Kinda stupid. Just embrace the local custom and enjoy an unexpected day off.

Besides, nobody, and I do mean nobody, can drive on black ice. You’d have to have cleated chains or studded tires to even keep the vehicle remotely under control. You can’t even remain stopped on an incline on black ice, the vehicle will slide downhill.


22 posted on 01/28/2009 2:56:37 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: StayAt HomeMother
Oh those denizens of Illinois are so tough but they obviously can't take being laughed at!
23 posted on 01/28/2009 3:05:24 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: RegulatorCountry

Gee — isn’t anyone going to comment on the satirical aspect?

Didn’t anyone chuckle at the notion of how “political correctness” could be stretched to apply to almost anything?


24 posted on 01/28/2009 5:34:27 PM PST by CMoran325
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