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Bonehead remark from Obama



January 28, 2009 – Comments (9)

Barack tries to play tough.

""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." "

Please Barack, don't embarass yourself. I've lived in Chicago. I've lived in colder, snowier places, like northern Minnesota. And now I live in DC.

Hands down, there is no place more dangerous during a snowstorm than DC. The reasons are simple. There are no snow plows. There's no real ice control. And no one knows how to drive in the snow. Those are all good reasons to close schools. I'm sure the prez won't want these remarks reflecting back on him when someone gets killed in an avoidable traffic accident.

Today, the streets and sidewalks outside my home were like a skating rink, no exaggeration. There was a 3/4 inch thick sheet of ice covering everything, and the same lack of salt, grit, and plowing.

Staying home when the roads are dangerous is smart. If Barack wants DC to be "tough" like Chicago, let's see him come up with the budget for plows and drivers.

Yeah, didn't think so.

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 28, 2009 at 6:44 PM, Imperial1964 (92.49) wrote:

I sincerely hope Barrack does not bring "Chicago" anything to DC.  Chicago is notoriously one of the most corrupt cities in the US.

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#2) On January 28, 2009 at 6:57 PM, kdakota630 (28.87) wrote:

Imperial1964 - I would tend to agree with you on your Chicago comment.

TMFBent - I'm no Obama fan, but I'd cut him some slack on this one. He's got four years to come up with far more boneheady remarks than this.  LOL! Report this comment
#3) On January 28, 2009 at 7:07 PM, DemonDoug (31.41) wrote:

hey SJ, what's with the no active picks and the not being rated thing?

btw if he brought chicago pizza and loyalty like cubs and bears fans, those are some good things DC could use.

And also, the midwest and chicago also get insane ice storms.

So yeah, just saying, but what up with the no picks/no rating?

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#4) On January 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM, BradAllenton (31.70) wrote:

I'm pretty sure it was said in jest, but by all means go off the deep end about it if you see fit.

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#5) On January 28, 2009 at 7:50 PM, OtherOracleOfOMA (29.82) wrote:

And you know, that tie he had on today - EWWW!!! No style. What a boneheaded decision.

(If you're looking for another triviality to whine about tomorrow, perhaps the above will help.)

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#6) On January 28, 2009 at 7:58 PM, letitgrow100 (84.15) wrote:

WOW!! alittle sensitive are we? It was a joke, i guess D.C. does need to tough up alittle bit.....

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#7) On January 28, 2009 at 8:02 PM, zygnoda (< 20) wrote:

Haa...  My school has worse sidewalks than d.c.

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#8) On January 28, 2009 at 8:50 PM, rofgile (99.03) wrote:

Weak.. surely you can find something better to criticise Obama about? 

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#9) On January 28, 2009 at 11:31 PM, gman444 (28.24) wrote:

I've lived in DC, Chicago, Minnesota, and others; I've often said that people in places other than the north "don't know how to handle snow, or any type of winter weather."  I've always meant that to include the lack of preparedness (snowplows, etc), real ignorance about ice and how to negotiate (sometimes macho men have to drive  faster to prove they can handle it), and real fear and intimidation at 2-3" of snow.   

The one thing I can give you here Bent, is that I've been in a few DC ice/snowstorms that were pretty nasty, even by midwestern standards---but these do not happen that often, particularly in comparison with the frequency of storms in the midwest.   There are already some legitimate things to criticize Obama about, and there will no doubt be many more;  I don't think this remark can credibly be called one of them.

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